Chris Matthews has distinguished himself as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, presidential speechwriter and best-selling author. Matthews has split his career between politics and journalism. He worked for ﬁfteen years as Washington bureau chief and national columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle. He created Hardball in 1997 and The Chris Matthews Show in 2002. He worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Frank Moss of Utah and Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine, in the White House under President Jimmy Carter as a presidential speechwriter, and as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. A graduate of Holy Cross, Matthews did graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matthews also served for two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Swaziland, Africa. He is the author of seven best-selling books, the latest titled Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. He is married to Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President of Marriott International.