Chris Hayes (journalist)

Chris Hayes (journalist)
Chris Hayes
Born 1979 (age 31–32)
The Bronx, New York City
Education B.A. in Philosophy, Brown University (2001)
Occupation Journalist, news anchor
Spouse(s) Kate Shaw
Nationality American
Notable credit(s) Up with Chris Hayes (MSNBC)
Editor-At-Large of The Nation
Official website
Christopher Hayes interviewed by Alan Miller

Christopher L. "Chris" Hayes (born 1979)[1] is an American broadcaster, journalist and liberal political commentator. Hayes hosts Up with Chris Hayes, a weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC. Hayes had formerly been a frequent guest host and commentator on shows such as The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Hayes remains an Editor at large of The Nation.[2] On August 1, 2011, MSNBC announced that Hayes would host on Saturdays and Sundays a two-hour morning show, each going into depth on current issues.[3] The first airing of Up with Chris Hayes was September 17, 2011[4] and featured a live interview with former Speaker and current House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.



Hayes attended New York City's Hunter College High School.[5] He attended Brown University for his undergraduate education, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and worked with Production Workshop, the university's student theatre group. Previously, Hayes was Adjunct Professor of English at St. Augustine College.

From 2006 through 2007, Hayes was a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute,[6] and a Contributing Writer for The Nation. On November 1, 2007, The Nation named him its Washington, D.C., Editor, succeeding David Corn. He is also currently a Senior Editor at In These Times, a liberal monthly magazine based in Chicago. He has written extensively on issues central to the liberal community, including what ails the Democratic Party in the post-9/11 era[7] and how the labor movement is changing.[8] Hayes is also a regular contributor to the Chicago Reader, an independent weekly newspaper, where he covers local and national politics.

He guest-hosted The Rachel Maddow Show in July 2010, while Maddow was traveling in Afghanistan; Hayes often filled in for Maddow when she was absent. Hayes has also hosted other MSNBC shows such as The Ed Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. On November 5, 2010, MSNBC announced that Hayes would be filling in for Keith Olbermann during Olbermann's suspension. Upon hearing the reason for Olbermann's suspension, Hayes withdrew in support of the anchor.[9] Hayes credits Maddow with his becoming a host at MSNBC, saying "I absolutely would not be doing this if it weren't for her." [2]


Hayes is married to Kate A. Shaw, Associate Counsel for President Barack Obama and daughter of award-winning Chicago journalist Andy Shaw, who has also appeared a number of times on MSNBC.[10][11] Hayes and Shaw resided in Washington, D.C., until they moved to New York City, where Up with Chris Hayes is produced.[12]


  1. ^ Stoeffel, Kat (October 19, 2011). "MSNBC’s Fresh-Faced Chris Hayes Makes it ‘Up’ as He Goes Along". New York Observer. Retrieved October 30, 2011. "At 32, he is the network’s youngest anchor..." 
  2. ^ a b Shaw, Lucas (2011-08-01), New MSNBC Host Chris Hayes Channels Rachel Maddow -- and Tim Robbins, Reuters,, retrieved 2011-09-21 
  3. ^ Joyella, Mark (2011-08-01), MSNBC Gives Chris Hayes His Own Weekend Show, Mediaite, 
  4. ^ Martel, Frances (2011-09-17), MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes: A DVR Gem In The Making, Mediaite, 
  5. ^ Chait, Jonathan (2009-09-14) Wealthcare, The New Republic
  6. ^ "Bio page at The Nation". 
  7. ^ Hayes, Christopher (2005-11-30). "Can the Democrats Win the Ground War at Home?". The Nation (The Nation Company, L.P.). Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  8. ^ Hayes, Christopher (2005-01-21). "The Fight for Our Future". In These Times. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Chris Hayes: Why I'm Not Filling In On Olbermann". The Huffington Post. November 5, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ MSNBC.COM - The Rachel Maddow Show' for Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 Copyright 2010 Roll Call, Inc.
  11. ^ Kate Shaw biodata
  12. ^

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