March 28, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Political commentator Chris Matthews will give the talk, "A Political Insider's View from Washington," April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge as seating permits, is sponsored by the Bucknell Student Lectureship Committee, and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Host of "Hardball with Chris Matthews," weekdays on MSNBC, Matthews is also the host of "The Chris Matthews Show," a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News, and a regular commentator on NBC's "Today Show."

Distinguished as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, Presidential speechwriter, and best-selling author, Matthews covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland the funeral of Pope John Paul II. He also has covered American presidential election campaigns since 1988, including the five-week recount of 2000.

The recipient of the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, he also has been awarded The John F. Kennedy Service Award from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and The Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia.

Matthews worked for 15 years as a print journalist, 13 of them as Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner and two as a national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years in politics and government, working in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a Presidential speechwriter and on the President's Reorganization Project, in the U.S. Senate for five years on the staffs of Senator Frank Moss (Utah) and Senator Edmund Muskie (Maine), and as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. for six years.

Matthews is the author of four best-selling books, including American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions and Now, Let me Tell What I Really Think, both New York Times best sellers. His first book, Hardball is required reading in many college-level political science courses. Kennedy & Nixon was named by The Readers Digest "Today's Best Non-fiction" and served as the basis of a documentary on the History Channel.

A graduate of Holy Cross College, Matthews did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill worked for two years as a trade development advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in Swaziland. In 2004, he was a visiting fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics. He holds 14 honorary doctorates.

Matthews is married to Kathleen Matthews, award-winning news anchor for the ABC affiliate WJLA in Washington, D.C.


Story posted March 27, 2006


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