Kathleen Matthews Wiki
Kathleen Ann Matthews (née Cunningham; born August 9, 1953) is the former chief communications and public affairs officer for hotel company Marriott International. Prior to joining Marriott International, she was a reporter for 25 years at WJLA-TV. She was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland’s 8th congressional district in the 2016 elections. She is the former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.
Kathleen Matthews Life & Education
Matthews was born in San Francisco, California. She is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University. In 2004 she was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has honorary degrees from the University of South Carolina and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
Kathleen Matthews Husband Chris Matthews
Since 1980 she has been married to Chris Matthews, host of Hardball and The Chris Matthews Show. They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and have three children: Michael (1983), Thomas (1986), and Caroline (1989). Matthews is active in her community and industry, and has served on the boards of the U.S. Travel Association, Catholic Charities, the Black Student Fund, Suited for Change, Round House Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Nantucket Film Festival and Nantucket Dreamland Theater.
Kathleen Matthews Career
Matthews began working at WJLA, an ABC affiliate in Washington DC, in 1976 as a production assistant. She made her way to becoming a producer and then was a writer / reporter from 1982 to 1991. In 1991 she began to anchor. She was a presenter for 15 years until 2006 when she retired. She was host and executive producer of the television program Working Woman, syndicated nationally, from 2001 to 2006. She hosted the Sunday Sunday political program. It was named Washingtonian of the year 2002 by Washingtonian magazine, and a “Woman who means business” by the Washington Business Journal. He has also been awarded nine local Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award, among other honors during his career as a journalist.
In July 2006, Matthews was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs at Marriott, responsible for the company’s external and internal communications, including corporate and global brand public relations, corporate social responsibility and government affairs. He also co-chaired the Marriott Executive Green Council. In March 2015, he resigned from Marriott.
Matthews served on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the Secretary of Commerce, as well as the boards of the U.S. Travel Association, the International Tourism Partnership, and the Economic Club of Washington. She is active in the World Economic Forum Policy Councils.