Matt Welch

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Matt Welch
Born Matthew Lee Welch
(1968-07-31) July 31, 1968 (age 46)
Bellflower, California[1]
Occupation Journalist, political commentator
Spouse(s) Emmanuelle Richard

Matthew Lee "Matt" Welch (born July 31, 1968) is an American blogger, journalist, and libertarian political pundit.[2][3] Welch was born in Bellflower, California and raised in Long Beach, California.[1] Since 2008, he has been the editor-in-chief at the monthly libertarian journal, Reason.[4] From 2006 to 2007, he was an editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times.[5] In the late 1990s, he wrote for Tabloid.Net, along with Tim Blair and Ken Layne, now a writer for Gawker.[6]

In 2007, he wrote a portrayal of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from a libertarian perspective. In McCain: The Myth of a Maverick,[7] Welch argued that a McCain presidency would advance a statist agenda.[8][9][10][11] Through a FOIA request, Welch obtained a copy of McCain's War College thesis which, based on his experience as a POW, argued for the teaching of US foreign policy to military recruits."[12]

He has also researched the effects of UN sanctions against Iraq, often criticizing the reporting of others.[13][14][15] Commentator Mike Rosen praised his research as "yeoman's work."[16] Welch earned the award for "Best Entertainment Review/Criticism/Column" in the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club, for his work, "Bailing Out Big Brother: Media criticism goes from rebelling against media oligarchs to handing them a lifeline."[17]

A lifelong Los Angeles Angels fan, Welch is a frequent commenter on Halos Heaven.[18] He is married to journalist Emmanuelle Richard, and they have one daughter.

In 2011, Matt Welch co-wrote The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with Editor Nick Gillespie.[19] He has become a frequent commentator on cable news shows, and is currently the co-host of the Fox Business Network current events and political discussion show, The Independents.



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  2. ^ Welch, Matt. "Reason magazine articles". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ Matt Welch - A Libertarian Critique of John McCain (2008-02-01). "Matt Welch - A Libertarian Critique of John McCain Video". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ ""The Myth of a Maverick": Matt Welch on GOP Frontrunner John McCain". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Reason Magazine - Staff > Matt Welch > Hit & Run Posts". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ Welch, Matt. "". Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ McCain (0230603963) WELCH - Palgrave Macmillan. 2006-11-06. Archived from the original on ?. Retrieved 2009-06-11.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  8. ^ "The Myth of a Maverick, by Matt Welch". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  9. ^ "BuzzFlash Review: McCain: The Myth of a Maverick (Hardcover)". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  10. ^ "W. James Antle III on McCain: The Myth of a Maverick on National Review Online". 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Bill Moyers Journal . Mickey Edwards and Matt Welch on McCain | PBS". PBS<!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  12. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (2008-06-15). "In ’74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain’s War Views". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  13. ^ "Reason Magazine - The Politics of Dead Children". Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  14. ^ Welch, Matt (2002). "Iraqi death toll doesn't add up". National Post. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  15. ^ "The Iraqi babies scam is still alive". Archived from the original on 2003-09-04. 
  16. ^ Rosen, Mike (2002-03-15). "U.S., U.N. not to blame for deaths of Iraqis". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2002-04-14. 
  17. ^ "Radley Balko Named "Journalist of the Year," Reason Wins Three Other First Place Prizes at the Southern California Journalism Awards". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Halos Heaven. Your Angels Blog.". 
  19. ^ "Books - Matt Welch". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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