Chris Matthews

News anchor, political commentator (1945)
Wed Dec 18 2019
By   Manish

The recipient of several prestigious awards, American analyst, Chris Matthews is known for his political views and condemnation of strategies for the presidential campaigns. He is the host of the news talk-show, Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC network. He frequently appears as a contributor in many TV shows like Morning Joe and The Daily Show.

Chris was born as Christopher John Matthews on 17th December 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States to Mary Teresa Shields, a homemaker and Herb Matthews, a court reporter. Born into a Roman Catholic family, he hails from Scottish-Irish heritage. Besides, he is a happily married man.

Chris & Kathleen Matthews' Married Life

The 73-year-old commentator, Chris is already committed to an award-winning news reporter, Kathleen Matthews. The pair's wedding was an intimate ceremony, attended by their close ones on 21st June 1980.

Chris Matthews and his wife, Kathleen at the TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People 2007
Photo: TV host, Chris Matthews with wife, Kathleen at Lincoln Center, New York in May 2007. 
Source: Getty Images

During the time of their marriage, the bride, Kathleen was 27, and on the other side, the groom was 35 years old. Despite their age-gap, there is no problem, and the couple is living cheerful moments since 39 years.

Shares Three Children

The married couple is blessed with three adorable kids. Their older child, Michael Kerry Matthews (born in 1983), is married to his college sweetheart, Sarah Staveley-O'Carroll on 21st March 2010, at the Charleston’s French Protestant Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Chris Matthews' son, Michael Kerry Matthews with his wife, Sarah Staveley-O'Carroll
Photo: Chris and Kathleen's older son, Michael Kerry Matthews, and daughter-in-law, Sarah Staveley-O'Carroll. 
Source: The New York Post

Michael's wife, Sarah met Chris Matthews for the first time in November 2002 on a book tour held in Providence, Rhode Island. At that time, she was a little bit confused about Chris' program, Harball is hosted at ESPN, but later knew it was on MSNBC.

Chris Matthews' growing family
Picture: Chris Matthews and Kathleen Matthews' children together. 
Source: MSNBC 

Their second child, Thomas Matthews is a prolific actor and producer who made his debut with a role of Francis Polito in the crime drama movie, American Hustle. Similarly, their young child, Caroline Matthews is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also worked as an intern for former U.S. President, Barack Obama in 2010

Sexual Accusations by His Female Assistant Producer

The host of Hardball, Matthews was once involved in a sexual accusation for making inappropriate jokes and comments about a female assistant producer on his show in 1999

The woman later received a compensation of $40,000 from Chris, but this matter was further reviewed. Matthews also got a formal reprehension via email in 2017. But, he didn't respond to the email request for his response. However, the news spread widely and become a national problem of abusive behavior by men with the power of position against women.

Take a look at Chris Matthews' Sexual Harassment Accusation

Meanwhile, NBC News dismissed Matt Lauer, former Today host after a complaint of accusation against him was made during the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Following the incident, Lauer sincerely apologizes, but the criticism about him was completely false or mischaracterized by someone. On 8th December 2017, NBC News announced to require harassment-prevention training for all the staff and began a culture assessment of the division of news.

Net Worth - $16 Million

Chris Matthews has a total fortune of $16 Million as of 2019. Similarly, he earns $5 Million as an annual salary from his TV show, Hardball. Back in 2009, he had a salary of $3 Million on his TV program.

More to that, Matthews also appeared in many blockbuster films that are highly acclaimed. Some of his movies with all box office collection and budget are listed below;

Movie CreditsBox Office CollectionProduction BudgetIMDb
Dave (1993)$63.3 Million$28 Million6.8
Man of the Year (2006)$41.2 Million$20 Million6.2
State of Play (2009)$88.8 Million$60 Million7.1
The Ides of March (2011)$76 Million$12.5 Million7.1
The Campaign (2012)$104.9 Million$95 Million6.1

Matthews is currently hosting his news talk program, Hardball, which is receiving good reviews from its episodes. The show received 4.6 out of 10 stars from 608 ratings. Just like him, some other TV hosts, including Allegra Riggio and Charlotte Laws are also hosting many TV special programs.

Books Wrote by Matthews

As an author, Chris wrote several books and came to attention after his book, Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told By One Who Knows The Game, which is about how Chris Matthews experienced a quarter-century in the field of politics. The book received four and a half out of stars from 153 ratings.

Matthews' book is listed at the price of $84.06 in a perfect hardcover edition, which includes 23 used ($4.10), 13 new ($39.96), and one collectible ($40.00). Similarly, it can also be listed at $17.00, but you can but it for $12.21, save $4.79 (28%) in Kindle Edition.

The cover of Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told By One Who Knows The Game
Image: Chris Matthews wrote his debut book, Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told By One Who Knows The Game. 
Source: Amazon

Matthews' another book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked, was noted as The New York Times Bestselling novel, which about the historical dealings between Ronald Reagan and Top O'Neill. As of now, it costs $13.00, consisting of 127 used and 36 new ($5.11) and 16 collectible ($7.95).

The frame of Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
Photo: In 2013, Chris published a book, Tip, and the Gipper: When Politics Worked. 
Source: Amazon

On 31st October 2017, Chris wrote a book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, where he revealed the new portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy getting close to the political classic. He received the recognition of The News York Times Bestseller for his book.

The cover of Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
Frame: Chris Matthews wrote a bestselling book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit. 
Source: Amazon

Currently, the price of his notable book costs $12.21, which includes 188 used ($0.15), 55 new ($3.07), and 26 collectible ($4.99). It also prices at $28.99, but you can but at $10.21 in Kindle Edition.

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