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Chris Hayes

Editor at Large

Chris Hayes, Editor-at-Large of The Nation, hosts “All In with Chris Hayes” at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC.

Previously, Hayes hosted the weekend program “Up w/ Chris Hayes,” which premiered in 2011. Prior to joining MSNBC as an anchor, Chris had previously served as a frequent substitute host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Chris became a MSNBC contributor in 2010 and has been with The Nation since 2007.

He is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. From 2008-2010, he was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, Chris was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.

Since 2002, Hayes has written on a wide variety of political and social issues, from union organizing and economic democracy, to the intersection of politics and technology. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, the Guardian, and The Chicago Reader.

He is the author of two books, A Colony in a Nation (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017) and Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy (Crown Publishing Group, 2012)Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.


  • February 28, 2008

    Banning Genetic Discrimination

    Rarely does an issue receive such consensus in Washington as that the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act currently enjoys.

    Already, the bill has twice unanimously passed the Senate during the 108th and 109th Congresses; meanwhile last April, the House passed the bill by an overwhelming 420-3 margin. To date, the White House has issued three statements of support of the legislation, which prohibits insurers and employers from discriminating against a person based on genetic information.

    One senator, however, still stands in its way: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma).

    Chris Hayes




  • February 27, 2008

    A Texan Border Ambassador

    Texas businessman Jay Johnson-Castro is a self-described Border Ambassador. But the word "crusader" might seem more fitting.

    His journey started in September 2006, when Congress passed the Secure Fence Act. Outraged, Johnson-Castro decided to walk the 205 miles from Laredo to Brownsville in protest. "It was spontaneous," says Johnson-Castro, 61, who was joined on his solitary walk variously by curious stragglers, town residents and community groups. "It was the first time I did anything like that in my life--but I just didn't know how else to vent."

    A longtime border resident, Johnson-Castro calls the fence an assault on a community that goes back centuries. "People don't understand that the border isn't a black line that goes down the Rio Grande," says Johnson-Castro. "It's a community on both sides of the river. To divide us is an insult, a violation of our border culture and friendship."

    Chris Hayes

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  • February 27, 2008

    The 60 Minutes Blackout

    If it truly was an accident that the beginning of the 60 Minutes episode chronicling Karl Rove's machinations to unseat the former Democratic governor of Alabama happened to get blacked out in only one state--Alabama--that surely is a fortuitous coincidence.

    As the NYT reported today, the Alabama TV station in question is managed by Robert M. Bass, who along with his brothers has contributed thousands to the Bush administration over the years. The station was also thoroughly hostile to Don Siegelman throughout the Justice Department's multi-year assault on his office.

    The CBS connection had been fine before the 60 Minutes program aired. It broke off just as the program was going on.

    Chris Hayes


  • February 26, 2008

    The Iraq Debate

    If you value your sanity, never, ever, ever listen to GOP blowhards like Tom Coburn and Lindsey Graham discourse at length on Iraq. The arguments are so transparently ad hoc, disingenuous and overdetermined they'll make your head explode. (Sample line from Lindsey Graham: "This is the most successful counter-insurgency operation in the history of the world!")

    Kevin Drum sums up the pro-surge argument smartly with this line: "I guess the surge is working so well that we have to keep it up forever."

    Chris Hayes