Marriott has unveiled Kathleen Matthews, award-winning news anchor,
reporter and producer of ABC News 7 in Washington, as the company’s executive vice president - global communications
and public affairs.She will report to J.W. Marriott,
Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. Matthews succeeds Charlotte B.
Sterling, executive vice president-communications, who will retire at year-
“I am delighted to announce that Kathleen will be joining our senior
executive leadership team,” said Mr. Marriott. “She brings a unique,
impressive and deep expertise to our company as an award-winning, respected
and highly visible journalist. Importantly, Kathleen also is a committed
citizen active in, and dedicated to, our diverse community and its quality
“Having reported on the events of our time and community over the past
30 years, Kathleen has long been recognized for her keen judgment and the
ability to communicate effectively to wide and disparate audiences, whether
anchoring the news, making critical news decisions or her leadership with
community groups. She has enjoyed an exceptional career at ABC 7, and I am
enormously pleased she is assuming such an important leadership role with
“I also want to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of Charlotte
Sterling over the past 10 years. Since joining Marriott in 1996, Charlotte
has forged one of the best communications teams in the corporate world, and
played a critical role in earning the exceptional reputation our company
enjoys today. We wish Charlotte and her family great happiness and all the
best,” said Mr. Marriott.
Ms. Matthews said, “I am thrilled to accept this senior leadership role
with Marriott International. This is an exciting, unexpected chance to work
for an American business visionary and leader of character. Thanks to Mr.
Marriott, I will be contributing strategically to a global powerhouse of
2,800 hotels worldwide, but also to an admired home-town company with deep
roots in the community. I have had 30 tremendous years working for the
Allbrittons, who gave me unrivaled opportunity. I will miss them and the
exceptional team of journalists at ABC-7.”
Matthews has anchored the evening news at ABC-7 for 15 years. She is
also co-host of “Capital Sunday,” a high profile half-hour show focusing on
current events in the nation’s capital. For five years, Matthews was host
and executive editor of “Working Woman,” an internationally syndicated
magazine talk show, seen in 75 markets in the U.S.A.
A graduate of Stanford University, she was a teaching fellow at Harvard
University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government in
In her 30 year career in broadcast news, Matthews has been awarded nine
local Emmys. Other prestigious awards include the Edward R. Murrow, George
Foster Peabody, Associated Press, Women in Communication and Gracie Allen
Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She was named a
Washingtonian of the Year in 2001.
Highly involved in the community, Matthews is President of the National
Council for the Shakespeare Theatre, Mt. Vernon National Advisory Board and
serves on the boards of the Academy of Achievement, Catholic Charities
Foundation, The Black Student Fund and Suited for Change, which provides
clothing for women moving from welfare to work.
Kathleen and her husband, Chris, have three children, Michael, 23,
Thomas, 20, and Caroline, 17.