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Date: September 16, 2004 (04-82) 

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TV Journalist Chris Matthews to Speak at Montgomery College
Lecture Hosted by College’s Macklin Business Institute November 8 

Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute will take a look at this year’s presidential race and the election results as seen through the eyes of Washington insider, broadcast journalist, speechwriter, and author Chris Matthews on Monday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.  The program is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series offered by the Macklin Business Institute.  It is free and open to the public.

Chris Matthews hosts the MSNBC show “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” a nightly hour of in-depth political analysis and debate. He also anchors the station’s 2004 presidential election coverage, hosts “The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News, and frequently appears on “Today” and “Dateline.” In March 2004, Matthews received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from Barry University.

As a print journalist, Matthews spent 13 years as the Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner (1987–2000), and two years as a national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, which was syndicated to 200 newspapers by United Media.  

Prior to his journalism career, Matthews spent 15 years in politics and government, including four years in the White House, under President Jimmy Carter, as a speechwriter.

Matthews has authored four books: “American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions” (2002); “Hardball” (1988); “Kennedy & Nixon” (1996), which served as the basis of a History Channel documentary; and “Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think” (2001).

A graduate of Holy Cross College, Matthews did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds 13 honorary Ph.D.s. He worked for two years as a trade development adviser with the U.S. Peace Corps in the southern African nation of Swaziland.

He is married to Kathleen Matthews, award-winning news anchor for the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. They have three children: Michael, Thomas and Caroline.

Since April 2000, the Macklin Distinguished Lecture Series has presented industry leaders and business experts at Montgomery College. Macklin students participate in these seminars as part of their curriculum focus. Topics vary depending on current business issues. Past events have focused on global marketplace priorities, ethics in business, information technology concerns and markets, and biotechnology.

For disability-related accommodations for the Chris Matthews lecture on November 8, please contact Sandra Morales at 240-567-1707 at least two weeks before the event.

For more information on Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute, its events and educational programs at Montgomery College, call 240-567-1707, visit or e-mail

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