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Chris Matthews to Speak Wednesday

April 13, 2009 — Controversial talk show host Chris Matthews' will give a public presentation Wednesday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

His presentation, titled "The Presidency of Barack Obama," will focus on the many challenges ahead for the newly elected president.

Retired Wyoming Sen. Alan K. Simpson and his brother, Peter, the university's Distinguished Simpson Professor in Political Science, will moderate the presentation.

One of America's most recognizable political commentators, Matthews has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland and the funeral of Pope John Paul II, among many significant events. He has also covered each U.S. presidential election campaign since 1988.

Matthews has anchored his own television program since 1994. He also worked 15 years as a print journalist -- including 13 years as Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner and served 15 years in politics and government, including four years under President Jimmy Carter.

In March 2004, Matthews received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He has also been awarded The Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia and the Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society.

Matthews' visit to UW is sponsored by the Milward L. Simpson Fund, the Simpson Speaker Series, the American Heritage Center and the Political Science Department.

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009

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