Intense, experienced, straightforward, outspoken. These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Chris Matthews, who will offer the Commencement address to the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Classes of 2004 on Sunday, May 16. Click here for the Commencement schedule. Commencement will be broadcast live on WEOS-FM 89.7/90.3.
Matthews has distinguished himself as an author, journalist and political commentator. What's lesser known about the host of MSNBC's “Hardball with Chris Matthews” is that he began his career as a trade development adviser with the Peace Corps in Swaziland.
The Colleges trust that Matthews' Commencement address will touch on all sides of his multifaceted personality.
“I look forward to Chris sharing his insights on service and politics with our graduates, faculty and staff, friends and families,” says Colleges President Mark D. Gearan, former director of the Peace Corps and a staunch advocate for community and public service.
Matthews brings powerful and influential political commentary to audiences weekly on “Hardball” and NBC's “The Chris Matthews Show.” Before achieving television cult status, he worked as a print journalist, covering the opening of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races elections in South Africa and the historic peace referendum on Northern Ireland. In the late-90s, his digging into the National Archives produced a series of Examiner scoops on the Nixon presidential tapes. Matthews spent 13 years as Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner, and was a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Prior to entering journalism, Matthews served as White House aide and speechwriter to President Jimmy Carter, as well as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.
Author of the best-selling books “Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think,” “Hardball,” and “Kennedy and Nixon,” Matthews has twice received the Washington Post's “Crystal Ball” award for his successful predictions of U.S. elections.