Chris Hayes (journalist)

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Chris Hayes

Hayes on March 20, 2007
BornChristopher L. Hayes
February 28, 1979 (age 33)
The Bronx, New York City
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.A. in Philosophy, Brown University (2001)
OccupationNews Anchor
Notable credit(s)Up with Chris Hayes (MSNBC)
Editor-At-Large of The Nation
Spouse(s)Kate Shaw
Children1 (born 2011)
Website
http://www.chrishayes.org
 
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Chris Hayes

Hayes on March 20, 2007
BornChristopher L. Hayes
February 28, 1979 (age 33)
The Bronx, New York City
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.A. in Philosophy, Brown University (2001)
OccupationNews Anchor
Notable credit(s)Up with Chris Hayes (MSNBC)
Editor-At-Large of The Nation
Spouse(s)Kate Shaw
Children1 (born 2011)
Website
http://www.chrishayes.org
Christopher Hayes interviewed by Alan Miller

Christopher L. "Chris" Hayes (born February 28, 1979)[1] is an American political commentator. Hayes hosts Up with Chris Hayes, a weekend 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.

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Early life

Hayes was born on February 28, 1979.[5] Hayes attended New York City's Hunter College High School.[6] 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.

Journalism

From 2006 through 2007, Hayes was a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute,[7] 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[8] and how the labor movement is changing.[9] Hayes is also a regular contributor to the Chicago Reader, an independent weekly newspaper, where he covers local and national politics. Previously, Hayes was Adjunct Professor of English at St. Augustine College in Chicago.

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; however, the network later backtracked after finding out that Hayes had also made political contributions - the issue over which Olbermann was being suspended.[10] 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]

On May 27, 2012, Memorial Day Weekend, Hayes made comments on air regarding the use of the word "heroism" as applied to American service members killed in action, stating that, "I feel... uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers, and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that."[11] His remark generated widespread controversy but multiple commentators both on the right and left claimed that those attacking Hayes failed to understand or engage the substance of his remarks.[12] [13][14] Hayes initially defended his comment by urging people to watch what he had actually said,[15] but nonetheless apologized both on his blog [16] and on his June 2, 2012 show which was devoted to a discussion about the comments and the disconnect between civilians and the military. [17]

Book

Hayes' first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy was published by Crown Publishing Group in June 2012. [18] Kirkus Reviews called it "forcefully written" and "provocative."[19] Aaron Swartz described the book as "compellingly readable, impossibly erudite, and—most stunningly of all—correct".[20]

Personal Life

Hayes is married to Kate A. Shaw, visiting assistant professor of law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.[21] Hayes and Shaw resided in Washington, D.C., until they moved to New York City, where Up with Chris Hayes is produced.[22] Their daughter, Ryan Elizabeth Shaw-Hayes, was born in November 2011.[23] Hayes's brother, Luke, works on the Obama For America campaign.[24]

References

  1. ^ Stoeffel, Kat (October 19, 2011). "MSNBC’s Fresh-Faced Chris Hayes Makes it ‘Up’ as He Goes Along". New York Observer. http://www.observer.com/2011/10/msnbcs-fresh-faced-chris-hayes-makes-it-up-as-he-goes-along/. 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, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/01/idUS175975206620110801, retrieved 2011-09-21 
  3. ^ Joyella, Mark (2011-08-01), MSNBC Gives Chris Hayes His Own Weekend Show, Mediaite, http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-gives-chris-hayes-his-own-weekend-show/ 
  4. ^ Martel, Frances (2011-09-17), MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes: A DVR Gem In The Making, Mediaite, http://www.mediaite.com/tv/up-with-chris-hayes-a-dvr-gem-in-the-making/ 
  5. ^ "facts about Christopher Hayes". http://www.trueknowledge.com/q/facts_about__christopher_hayes. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Chait, Jonathan (2009-09-14) Wealthcare, The New Republic
  7. ^ "Bio page at The Nation". http://www.thenation.com/directory/bios/christopher_hayes. 
  8. ^ Hayes, Christopher (2005-11-30). "Can the Democrats Win the Ground War at Home?". The Nation (The Nation Company, L.P.). http://www.thenation.com/doc/20051219/hayes. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  9. ^ Hayes, Christopher (2005-01-21). "The Fight for Our Future". In These Times. http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/1887. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Keith Olbermann's Suspension Points to Contribution Double Standard", Hollywood Reporter, November 7, 2010
  11. ^ http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/05/chris-hayes-uncomfortable-with-word-hero.html?imw=Y
  12. ^ Carney, Timothy P. (May 29, 2012), "The war dead & conservative political correctness", The Washington Examiner, http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/war-dead-conservative-political-correctness/567351, retrieved June 2012 
  13. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (May 29, 2012), "In Defense of Chris Hayes", The Atlantic, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/05/in-defense-of-chris-hayes/257744/, retrieved June 3, 2012 
  14. ^ Kain, Erik (May 29, 2012), "Chris Hayes Is Right About Heroes", Mother Jones, http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/05/chris-hayes-heroes, retrieved June 2012 
  15. ^ Murray, Rheana (May 28, 2012). "TV host: It's hard to call dead veterans 'heroes'". Daily News (New York). http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/msnbc-host-chris-hayes-trouble-calling-fallen-soldiers-heroes-sparks-controversy-article-1.1085596. 
  16. ^ http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/msnbc_host_faces_criticism_for.html
  17. ^ Bridging the civilian-military divide, MSNBC, June 3, 2012, http://upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/02/12025345-bridging-the-civilian-military-divide, retrieved June 2012 
  18. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-307-72045-0
  19. ^ https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/christopher-l-hayes/twilight-elites/#review
  20. ^ Aaron Swartz (2012-06-18). "Aaron Swartz: Chris Hayes' "The Twilight of The Elites"". Brad DeLong. http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2012/06/aaron-swartz-chris-hayes-the-twilight-of-the-elites.html. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  21. ^ Kate Shaw staff page
  22. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (2011-08-01). "Chris Hayes MSNBC Weekend Show Announced". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/01/chris-hayes-msnbc-weekend-show_n_915176.html. 
  23. ^ Hayes, Chris (29 November 2011). "Christoper L Hayes Twitter Account". http://twitter.com/#!/chrislhayes/status/141656121961230336/. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  24. ^ Blog post by Luke Hayes

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