July 03, 2013
CHRIS MATTHEWS ENDS SUNDAY SHOW WITH BIG ISSUES: WAR, RACE AND THE AMERICAN FUTURE
CREDIT: Pete Williams/NBC
Washington, DC – July 3, 2013 – Seventeen of the country’s top journalists come together as one group in one studio to join Chris Matthews the next three weeks to address America’s most challenging conflicts: war and race.
The climactic discussions are designed to bring closure to the 11-year run of “The Chris Matthews Show”. The program, a production of NBC News and distributed in national syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, debuted in 2002.
The seventeen panelists -- appearing together for the first time -- were regulars during all or some of those 11 years:
Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Duffy, Howard Fineman, John Heilemann, David Ignatius, Katty Kay, Joe Klein, Andrea Mitchell, Michele Norris, Kelly O’Donnell, Clarence Page, Kathleen Parker, Andrew Sullivan, Cynthia Tucker, and Bob Woodward.
Matthews said, about the show’s goals: “We had a mission statement here. We never wrote it out, but my Executive Producer, Nancy Nathan, wanted to do something truly different – different in tone and charm from other Sunday morning programming. Different in pace and cordiality from a lot of cable, a lot zippier than most public affairs shows, and always friendly. And, oftener than we ever planned, surprisingly downright fun – to be part of at home for you or here in the studio.”
“I want to thank the people who put this program on the air, and to thank Neal Shapiro, once the great news chief here at NBC, who launched the show, and all the people here right now who got it to you in the polished form in which it always arrived,” Matthews said.
Matthews spoke of the show’s signature question: “Tell me something I don’t know.” “The fact is, I look at the whole show that way. I am constantly learning when I sit with these caring, thinking, in most cases, hopeful people. No, they’re not just journalists. They’re people – like you – trying to get some grip on this surprise we call life.”
The 17 panelists participate in the show’s final three broadcasts: July 7, 14 and 21.
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