Chris Hayes

Christopher Loffredo Hayes (/hz/; born February 28, 1979)[2][3] is an American progressive commentator, cable television news anchor, and author.[4] Hayes hosts All In with Chris Hayes, a weekday news and opinion television show on MSNBC. Hayes also hosts a weekly MSNBC podcast, Why Is This Happening?[5] Hayes formerly hosted a weekend MSNBC show, Up with Chris Hayes. He is an editor-at-large of The Nation magazine.[6]

Chris Hayes
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Hayes on the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival panel
Christopher Loffredo Hayes

(1979-02-28) February 28, 1979 (age 41)[1][2]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materBrown University
OccupationPolitical commentator, news anchor, podcast host, and editor
Notable credit(s)
Up with Chris Hayes (MSNBC)
Editor-At-Large of The Nation
TelevisionAll In with Chris Hayes
Political partyDemocratic
Kate Shaw
(m. after 2007)
Chris Hayes interviewed by Alan Miller

Early lifeEdit

Hayes was born in Norwood, The Bronx, New York City,[2] one of three sons of Roger and Geri Hayes. His mother is of Italian descent and his father is of Irish Catholic ancestry.[7] His father moved to New York from Chicago while studying at a Jesuit seminary, and began community organizing in the Bronx.[8] Roger Hayes spent several years leading community organizing at the Community Service Society of New York and now works as an assistant commissioner for the NYC Department of Health. Hayes's mother was a school teacher and now works for the NYC Department of Education.[8] Hayes was raised Catholic,[9] but stopped attending services in college[9] and is now irreligious.[10]

He is a childhood friend and schoolmate of comedian Desus Nice.[11] Hayes attended New York City's prestigious Hunter College High School,[12] where his classmates included Immortal Technique[13] and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the latter of whom he directed in his first musical.[14] After graduating, Hayes attended Brown University, from which he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy.[citation needed]

Journalism careerEdit


Beginning in August 2001,[15] for four years Hayes was a contributor to the independent weekly newspaper Chicago Reader, where he covered local and national politics. In late 2003,[16] he began a four-year stint at In These Times, a labor-focused monthly magazine based in Chicago, where he was a senior editor.

From 2005 to 2006, Hayes was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.[17] From 2006 through 2007, Hayes was a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute,[18] and a contributing writer for The Nation. On November 1, 2007, The Nation named him its Washington, D.C. editor, succeeding David Corn.

Hayes wrote extensively on issues central to the liberal community, including what ails the Democratic Party in the post-9/11 era[19] and how the labor movement is changing.[20] He also reported on progressive activists' work to resuscitate the "public option" during the 2009–2010 health care fight when many political insiders wrote it off as dead.[21]

Hayes was an adjunct professor of English at St. Augustine College in Chicago and a Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at New America Foundation from 2008 to 2010.[17]

Cable newsEdit

Hayes guest-hosted The Rachel Maddow Show in July 2010 while Maddow was traveling in Afghanistan and later 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.[17]

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.[22]

Hayes credits Maddow with his becoming a host at MSNBC, saying, "I absolutely would not be doing this if it weren't for her."[6]

Up with Chris HayesEdit

On August 1, 2011, MSNBC announced that Hayes would host a two-hour morning show on Saturdays and Sundays, each going into depth on current issues.[23] The first airing of Up with Chris Hayes was September 17, 2011,[24] and featured a live interview with former speaker and current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

On May 27, 2012, Memorial Day Weekend, Hayes made comments on air regarding the use of the word "heroism" as applied to American servicemen killed in action, stating, "I feel uncomfortable about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. And I don't want to obviously desecrate or disrespect the 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."[25] His remark generated widespread controversy.[26][27][28] Hayes initially defended his comment by urging people to listen to what he had actually said.[29] Nonetheless, he apologized on his blog.[30] Furthermore, on his June 2, 2012, show, he devoted a discussion to his comments and the disconnect between civilians and the military.[31]

All In with Chris HayesEdit

On March 14, 2013, MSNBC announced that Hayes would take over the time slot formerly hosted by Ed Schultz, who would move to the weekends. At 34 years old, he became the youngest host of a prime-time show on any of the country's major cable news channels.[32]

According to The New York Times, the change was made in the hopes that MSNBC can win a wider audience than it did with Schultz. Hayes was said to transition better to The Rachel Maddow Show because he is seen as just as policy-oriented as Maddow. "Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend mornings," said Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC. "He's an extraordinary talent and has made a strong connection with our audience."[32]

All In with Chris Hayes, Hayes's first prime-time show, premiered Monday, April 1, 2013.[33]

The show won an Emmy in 2015 and again in 2018.[34][35]


In May 2018, Hayes launched a weekly podcast called Why Is This Happening?, featuring interviews with political figures, activists, journalists, writers, and academics.[36][37] The podcast's first live episode was recorded in November 2018, at Congregation Beth Elohim, in Brooklyn, New York, with author Ta-Nehisi Coates. [38][39] Hayes' second live episode, held on February 24, 2019, featured an interview with Georgia politician and activist, Stacey Abrams. [40][41]


Press freedomEdit

Hayes criticized the United States government's decision to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917 for his role in the 2010 publication of a trove of Iraq War documents and diplomatic cables leaked by Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Hayes tweeted: "The Espionage indictment of Assange for publishing is an extremely dangerous, frontal attack on the free press. Bad, bad, bad."[42]


Hayes's first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy was published by Crown Publishing Group in June 2012.[43] A review in The Atlantic called it "provocative" and "thoughtful," but faulted its policy suggestions as less satisfying.[44] Kirkus Reviews called it "forcefully written" and "provocative."[45] Aaron Swartz described the book as "compellingly readable, impossibly erudite, and—most stunningly of all—correct."[46]

Hayes' second book, A Colony in a Nation, was published by W. W. Norton in March 2017.[47]

Book festivalsEdit

Hayes participated in the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF).[48]

In April 2017 he was a featured author at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, which took place at the campus of USC.[49]

Personal lifeEdit

On July 14, 2007, Hayes married his college sweetheart Kate Shaw, a former Supreme Court law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens who is currently a professor of law at the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a Supreme Court contributor for ABC News; they met while attending Brown together.[50] His father-in-law is veteran Chicago reporter Andy Shaw.[51] Hayes and Shaw resided in Washington, D.C., until they moved to New York City, where All in With Chris Hayes is produced.[52] They have three children.

Hayes' brother Luke worked on Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.[53]

Hayes is a registered Democrat in the state of New York.[54]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ @chrislhayes (February 28, 2012). "Decided to celebrate my birthday by misreading an email and going in to work on my day off! #fail" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c Stoeffel, Kat (October 19, 2011). "MSNBC's Fresh-Faced Chris Hayes Makes it 'Up' as He Goes Along". The New York Observer. Retrieved October 30, 2011. At 32, he is the network's youngest anchor...
  3. ^ Rochlin, Margy (July 10, 2012). "Q & A With MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Pastrygate, Eating Live on TV + Who Eats Better, Dems or Republicans?". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Chotiner, Issac. "Chris Hayes's Challenge". The New Republic. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Why Is This Happening? With Chris Hayes Podcast". NBC News. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Shaw, Lucas (August 1, 2011). "New MSNBC Host Chris Hayes Channels Rachel Maddow – and Tim Robbins". Reuters. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  7. ^ James, Brendan (November 24, 2015). "Chris Hayes Is Still 'All In' At MSNBC, Even As Everyone Counts Him Out". International Business Times. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Stan, Adele M. (June 15, 2011). "Meet MSNBC's Next New Host, Christopher Hayes". AlterNet. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Ferguson, David (September 13, 2013). "Chris Hayes declares Francis to be 'the best pope ever'". The Raw Story. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  10. ^ David Stein, Joshua (September 19, 2017). "MSNBC Host Chris Hayes is the Hyper-Literate Left-Leaning Softie Dad Every Kid Deserves". Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  11. ^ "Unlikely childhood pals Desus Nice and Chris Hayes talk fighting Tucker Carlson and Kanye 2024". News. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Chait, Jonathan (September 14, 2009). "Wealthcare". The New Republic. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Bellman, Sarah (December 1, 2016). "Chris Hayes Confirmed the Story About Immortal Technique Bullying Lin-Manuel Miranda". Vice. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew (September 21, 2017). "Which MSNBC Host Directed Lin-Manuel Miranda in His First Musical?". Playbill. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Hayes, Christopher. "Articles for 'Chicago Reader'". Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  16. ^ Hayes, Christopher. "Articles for 'In These Times'". Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  17. ^ a b c "Chris Hayes Biography". MSNBC. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  18. ^ "Christopher Hayes". The Nation. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007.
  19. ^ Hayes, Christopher (November 30, 2005). "Can the Democrats Win the Ground War at Home?". The Nation. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  20. ^ Hayes, Christopher (January 21, 2005). "The Fight for Our Future". In These Times. Retrieved October 10, 2007.
  21. ^ Kaufmann, Greg (February 25, 2010). "CPR for the Public Option". The Nation. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  22. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (November 7, 2010). "Keith Olbermann's Suspension Points to Contribution Double Standard". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Joyella, Mark (August 1, 2011). "MSNBC Gives Chris Hayes His Own Weekend Show". Mediaite. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  24. ^ Martel, Frances (September 17, 2011). "MSNBC's Up With Chris Hayes: A DVR Gem In The Making". Mediaite. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  25. ^ Tartar, Andre (May 28, 2012). "MSNBC's Chris Hayes 'Uncomfortable' With the Word Hero, Conservative Bloggers Uncomfortable With Him". New York. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  26. ^ Carney, Timothy P. (May 29, 2012). "The war dead & conservative political correctness". The Washington Examiner. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  27. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (May 29, 2012). "In Defense of Chris Hayes". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  28. ^ Kain, Erik (May 29, 2012). "Chris Hayes Is Right About Heroes". Mother Jones. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  29. ^ Murray, Rheana (May 28, 2012). "TV host: It's hard to call dead veterans 'heroes'". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  30. ^ "MSNBC's Chris Hayes apologizes for saying he's 'uncomfortable' calling a fallen soldier 'hero'". March 30, 2019. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  31. ^ "Bridging the civilian-military divide". MSNBC. June 3, 2012. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  32. ^ a b Stelter, Brian (March 14, 2013). "Chris Hayes to Take Over 8 P.M. Slot on MSNBC". The New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  33. ^ "All In With Chris Hayes Premieres on April 1 at 8 pm ET". NBCUniversal (Press release). March 26, 2013. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  34. ^ Simon, Rachel (October 6, 2018). "'All In with Chris Hayes' wins Emmy® award". MSNBC. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  35. ^ "PBS, CBS, HBO, CNN Garner Big Wins in 39th News and Documentary Emmy Awards". Variety. October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
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  37. ^ "Why Is This Happening? With Chris Hayes Podcast". NBC News. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  38. ^ "Why Is This Happening? Understanding the state of American democracy with Ta-Nehisi Coates". NBC News. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  39. ^ "Live: A New Hope with Ta-Nehisi Coates from Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  40. ^ Adalian, Josef (January 29, 2019). "MSNBC's Chris Hayes Is Doing a Live Podcast Taping With Stacey Abrams". Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  41. ^ "LIVE: The Democratic Response with Stacey Abrams". Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes. February 26, 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019 – via ART19.
  42. ^ Corbett, Jessica (May 24, 2019). ""This is about attacking journalism": Press freedom defenders on Assange espionage charges". Salon. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  43. ^ "Nonfiction Review: Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Christopher Hayes". Publishers Weekly. 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  44. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (June 14, 2012). "The Cult of Smartness: How Meritocracy Is Failing America". The Atlantic. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  45. ^ "'Twilight Of The Elites' by Christopher L. Hayes". Kirkus Reviews. April 15, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  46. ^ Swartz, Aaron (June 18, 2012). "Aaron Swartz: Chris Hayes' "The Twilight of The Elites"". Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  47. ^ Kachka, Boris (June 16, 2016). "MSNBC's Chris Hayes on His Upcoming Book, the Orlando Shooting, and Covering the Presidential Election". New York. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  48. ^ Morales, Chloe (June 16, 2017). "Brooklyn Book Festival's Author Lineup Revealed". Brooklyn Patch. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  49. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (March 16, 2017). "The L.A. Times book festival schedule, tickets, and Innovator's Award winner announced". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  50. ^ "Kate Shaw, Professor of Law". Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  51. ^ Feder, Robert (March 18, 2013). "Chicago was prime training ground for MSNBC's Hayes". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  52. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (August 1, 2011). "Chris Hayes MSNBC Weekend Show Announced". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  53. ^ Hayes, Chris (November 10, 2012). "A toast to the organizers". MSNBC. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  54. ^ Morse, Stephen. "New York State Voter Records (2002-2019)". Retrieved June 17, 2020.

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