Matthew Yglesias

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Matthew Yglesias
Born (1981-05-18) May 18, 1981 (age 33)
United States
Status Married
Education Harvard University (2003)
Occupation Blogger, journalist
Notable credit(s) Blogger; staff writer at Center for American Progress; former writer for The Atlantic Monthly magazine and the American Prospect; frequent guest on; former economics blogger for Slate

Matthew Yglesias (/ɨˈɡlsiəs/; born May 18, 1981) is a liberal[1][2] American writer. He writes about economics and politics.


Matthew Yglesias's father Rafael Yglesias is a screenwriter and novelist (and the son of novelists Jose Yglesias, of Cuban and Spanish descent, and Helen (née Bassine), daughter of Jewish Polish immigrants).[citation needed]

Yglesias went to high school at The Dalton School in New York City and later attended Harvard University where he studied philosophy.[3] He graduated magna cum laude in 2003. He was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Independent, a weekly newsmagazine, and also wrote for several other campus publications.[citation needed]

Yglesias started blogging in early 2002, while still in college, focusing mainly on American politics and public policy issues, often approached from an abstract, philosophical perspective. He was one of the supporters of the Iraq war.[citation needed] Yglesias joined the American Prospect as a writing fellow upon his graduation in 2003, subsequently becoming a staff writer. His posts appeared regularly on the magazine's collaborative weblog TAPPED.[4] His personal blog has been hosted, at various times, on Blogger, Typepad, Josh Marshall's TPMCafe, and at From June 2007 until August 2008, he was a staff writer at The Atlantic Monthly, and his blog was hosted on the magazine's website, The Atlantic. In July 2008, he announced that he would leave The Atlantic Monthly for the Center for American Progress where he wrote for its blog, ThinkProgress, because he missed "the sense of collegiality that comes from working with like-minded colleagues on a shared enterprise" and thought he could "help advance their mission".[5] On November 21, 2011, he left ThinkProgress to work as a business and economics correspondent at Slate's Moneybox.[6][7] He does not have a degree in economics.[8]

He has also written for mainstream publications such as the New York Times Magazine, and has made occasional appearances on radio and television as a political commentator. He is a regular contributor to[9] Yglesias is often referred to in the blogosphere as Big Media Matt, a semi-affectionate nickname coined by Duncan Black after his recruitment by the American Prospect.[10]

Andrew Sullivan takes nominations on his blog for the Yglesias Award, an honor "for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe."[11] Yglesias is also somewhat infamous for the often poor spelling of his blog posts, a weakness to which he frankly admits.[12] The Yglesias Award, just like the Dick Morris Award and the Moore Award, give every appearance of being serious awards for their various categories, as judged by their descriptions and their lists of nominees.[13]

Yglesias states that he voted for Mitt Romney when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts.[14]

In February 2014, he left Slate and joined Vox Media to work on with Ezra Klein.[15]


Matthew was criticized after he published an article in Vox describing how the birth of his first child changed some of his political views. In the article he stated that after watching his wife carry their first born son to term and give birth, his pro-choice views were increased "tenfold."[16]




  1. ^ Reeve, Elspeth (March 22, 2013). "Matt Yglesias' $1.2 Million House Stokes Class Envy in Conservatives". The Atlantic. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Silver, Nate (June 5, 2009). "Liberal Blogger Matt Yglesias Wants to Tax Your Beer! I Want to Tax Drunk Drivers.". Five Thirty Eight Politics (New York Times). Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Matt Yglesias Bio". Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith & the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War, Editor Allison Hantschel, Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Inc., 2005, ISBN 978-1-59028-049-2
  5. ^ Matthew Yglesias: Big Thinktank Matt
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Slate". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  8. ^ "Mathew Yglesias Weblog". Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  9. ^ "Matt Yglesias Bio". Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Talk Left: Big Media Matt on the Move
  11. ^ Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish Awards
  12. ^ Matthew Yglesias: Why I Can't Spell
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  17. ^ Wiley product page for Heads in the Sand

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