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. Most recently, she joined the Bush/Cheney 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 was also a former founding co-host of the Washington based CNBC political weeknight talk show, Equal Time. She was also a former weekly CNN Political Contributor on such shows as The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and John King USA. Matalin can be heard weekly along with co-host Arianna Huffington on the nationally-syndicated radio program Both Sides Now, which is currently broadcast on over 100 radio stations across the country. The show - being called “the only ‘2 sides/ 2 women’ national talk program around” - represents a departure from traditional news talk product which is dominated across the U.S. by male voices.
In addition to her successful careers in politics, television, and radio, Matalin is also a widely read, respected and acclaimed author and formerly served as Editor at Large for Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster that has published authors from Vice President Dick Cheney to Karl Rove to Glenn Beck. Matalin, along with her husband James Carville, co-authored the best-selling political campaign book All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President. 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.
Ms. Matalin sits on the boards of numerous respected institutions across the country, including Tulane University’s President’s Council, The Academy of the Sacred Heart, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Water Institute of the Gulf and most recently Ms. Matalin has accepted an appointment as a visiting distinguished lecturer in political science at Loyola University in New Orleans. Matalin is also co-chair of the 2013 NFL Super Bowl Host Committee alongside her husband, James Carville.
Today, Ms. Matalin resides in New Orleans with her husband and two teenage daughters Matty and Emma, along with a household of cats, dogs, birds and two pet rats, Hattie and Stella.