By Jack Jodell, Nov. 20, 2011
He had been a frequent contributor and occasio-nal co-host for MSNBC’s Rachel Mad-dow Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, and even Countdown with Keith Olbermann before that. His brilliant articulance and solid grasp of current political and economic facts made it all but inevitable that he, too, would eventually have his own show. Now he has exactly that, on Saturday (7-9 AM Eastern) and Sunday (8-10 AM Eastern) on MSNBC TV. He is CHRIS HAYES, and he has become a major new progressive voice on the strength of his superior journalistic performance on television thus far.
Born in 1979, Hayes was raised in the Bronx and received a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University in 2001. He is currently an editor at large for The Nation magazine, that fabulous liberal monthly which also features such erudite contrib-utors as Naomi Klein and Katrina Vanden-Heuvel. Ever congenial and quick on his feet, Hayes has demonstrated his ability to get to the root of issues he is discussing and is a great manager of time with the guests he features on his show. His is always a virtual cornucopia of intelligent dis-cussion, and he interviews each guest in a very collegial style of open forum. Satirday’s show, for example, featured former Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis, himself arrested at last week’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, who explained how he had come there out of sympathy for the great many who are being exploited by corporations and the nation’s richest 1%. His message to the NYPD: “Do not become Wall Street mercenaries!” That show’s panel also included Tulane Political Science Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, among others. They launched into a revealing discussion on the strategy of the protesters. Hayes, to his credit, approaches each segment of his show with freshness and zeal, and is always deferential to those he has on his panel.
Though a Philosophy major, Hayes has devoted his working career almost entirely to writing about and anchoring politics. He is today widely known as a credible liberal pundit. This man is an intellectual – make no question about that. For a time he was Adjunct Professor of English at St. Augustine College, as well as a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, a fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and a Bernard Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. Some of his notable articles in The Nation have included “Fix the Filibust-er” and “Deficits of Mass Destruction”, among maney others, all of which can be viewed on his website of http://www.chrishayes.org/. His essays and other articles have also mappeared in Time, The New York Times, The Washington Monthly, The Guardian, and other publications as well. He has a book about the crisis of authority in American life which will be published next spring. He and his wfe Kate A. Shaw, an Associate Counsel for President Obama and a daughter of award-winning journalist Andy Shaw, currently live in Brooklyn. If you have been tired of the same old banal garbage on mainstream media television, DO tune into “UP With Chris Hayes.” It is perhaps THE most intelligent show on television today. You’ll find it well worth getting up early on the weekends, or setting your DVRs for—this man and his show are amazing!