Mary Matalin

Biography

Mary Matalin’s experience in politics, public affairs, crisis management and media spans three decades and multiple venues.

Matalin has served Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.  She joined the current administration in the first term as Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President.  In that capacity, she preformed as senior advisor on major initiatives, including national security, homeland security, energy, economic growth and corporate governance policies.  She oversaw the Vice President’s political and communications departments, advancing administration policies from the Middle East, Europe and across America to Capitol Hill.

Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin hosted CNN’s critically acclaimed debate show, Crossfire.  Matalin is the former founding co-host of the Washington based CNBC political weeknight talk show, Equal Time, called the “best talk show on television” by Knight Rider News Service.  Matalin’s ability to discuss the hottest political issues in Washington helped to make the show one of the most talked about programs in the network’s history.  Matalin also hosted a daily three-hour public affairs broadcast on the CBS Talk Radio Network.  Talkers Magazine listed Matalin as one of The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America in 1996, 1997 and 1998.  Matalin has made frequent television appearances as a political commentator, and has written for various publications including Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times.

Matalin and her husband James Carville, who was the chief campaign strategist for Clinton/Gore in 1992, co-authored the best-selling political campaign book All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President.  Matalin and Carville also teamed up on HBO’s critically acclaimed political series K Street with filmmakers Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney.

Her most recent book, Letters to My Daughters was named a Book of the Month Club selection as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post best-seller lists.  Letters to My Daughters was also selected for a condensed version by Reader’s Digest.

Matalin has been active in politics since college, starting at the grassroots level in local and statewide campaigns in her native Illinois.  The Reagan Revolution brought her to Washington, DC where she served in senior management positions at the Republican National Committee and on the Presidential campaigns of 1984, 1988 and 1992.

Currently, Matalin is Editor-in-Chief of Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster.  Threshold authors include major political, policy and cultural figures. In addition to the George Washington University Heart & Vascular Institute, Matalin also serves as a Vice President of the Washington Humane Society, which is currently working on its Good Home Guarantee of 100% placement by 2010.

Matalin and her husband reside in Alexandria, Virginia with their daughters Matalin “Matty” Carville and Emerson “Emma” Carville.