Hardball host Matthews to speak on campus Oct. 15

by Dennis Brown

Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball” on MSNBC and CNBC, will deliver this year’s Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture on Journalism and Politics at the University of Notre Dame on Monday (Oct. 15). The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library.p. Matthews, who also is a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, will make a presentation titled “Washington Today: The Inside View.” His talk will be followed by a question and answer session.p. Currently a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics, Matthews is the author of three books, “Hardball,” “Kennedy&Nixon,” and the forthcoming “Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think.” Before entering journalism, Matthews served as a speechwriter for President Carter and as a top aide to former House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr.p. A graduate of Holy Cross, he did graduate work at the University of North Carolina. He has received numerous honorary doctoral degrees in recent years.p. The lecture series, inaugurated last year by Tim Russert of NBC News, was created with an endowment gift from John A. Kelly, a member of the Notre Dame class of 1974, a prominent Washington lobbyist and former aide to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and his wife, Gail E. Weiss, who recently completed over three decades of governmental service on Capitol Hill. At her retirement she was the Democratic staff director of the House Education and Workforce Committee.p. The couple has been actively involved with and supported Notre Dame for many years, with Kelly currently serving on the University’s Advisory Council for Graduate Studies and Research.

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