Matt K. Lewis

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Matt K. Lewis
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Lewis in 2016
Alma materShepherd College
OccupationPolitical commentator
EmployerThe Daily Beast and The Week Edit this at Wikidata

Matt K. Lewis is an American conservative political writer, blogger, podcaster, and columnist for The Daily Beast, formerly with The Daily Caller, and has written for The Week.[1] He has also appeared on CNN as a political commentator.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Lewis was raised in Myersville, Maryland. He was educated at Middletown High School, a public high school in Middletown, Maryland, followed by Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and is based in Alexandria, Virginia.[2]


As a writer, Lewis has contributed to,[3][4] AOL's,[5] Human Events, and The Daily Caller.[6] In his early career, Lewis served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, a nonprofit conservative training organization[7] for which he organized and led workshops around the United States.[8] In March 2007, Lewis was one of two bloggers invited on John McCain's campaign tour bus on a visit to New Hampshire for an interview with the candidate.[9] That September, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich acknowledged in an interview with Lewis that he was considering a presidential run.[10] Lewis is the editor of The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, published in 2011.[11]

Lewis was selected as a "Rising Star of Politics" by Politics Magazine in 2002[12] and by the American Conservative Union as "Blogger of the Year" in 2012.[13]

Lewis' book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots) was published in January 2016, receiving attention from The New York Times,[14] The Weekly Standard,[15] and other publications.[16]

Media appearances[edit]

Lewis is a frequent commentator on cable television and radio who has appeared as a political commentator "from the right" for CNN in 2016,[17] and has appeared multiple times on Real Time with Bill Maher.[18][19] Since February 2009, he has represented the conservative viewpoint on's weekly discussion of American politics, opposite Bill Scher.[2]


  1. ^ a b Matt Lewis leaves Daily Caller for Daily Beast; The Washington Post; Eric Wemple; January 12, 2017
  2. ^ a b "About Matt Lewis". Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Ruffini, Patrick (January 13, 2007). "Matt Lewis Now Blogging at Townhall". Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Anderson, Karen (February 16, 2009). "Coming & Going". Politics Magazine. Campaigns & Elections. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Calderone, Michael (April 9, 2009). "Sweet, Lawrence join AOL politics site". Politico. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Betsy Rothstein (February 8, 2011). "The Daily Caller Successfully Woos Politics Daily's Matt Lewis". Fishbowl DC. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  7. ^ "Speaker Bios". Philanthropy Roundtable. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  8. ^ Reed, Theresa (July 3, 2003). "Republicans Get Emotive". Portland Mercury. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  9. ^ Dayton, Soren (March 26, 2007). "A view from the Straight Talk Express". Archived from the original on April 10, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  10. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (September 29, 2007). "Gingrich Tiptoes Toward a White House Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  11. ^ W. James Antle III (July 21, 2011). "The Quotable Rogue". The American Spectator. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  12. ^ "Rising Stars of Politics, 2002". Campaigns & Elections Magazine. April 2002.
  13. ^ Bill Hobbs (February 11, 2012). "Daily Caller's Matt Lewis Named "Blogger of the Year"". CPAC. American Conservative Union. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  14. ^ Wooldridge, Adrian (January 19, 2016). "'Why the Right Went Wrong' and 'Too Dumb to Fail'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  15. ^ "How 'The Stupid Party' Earned Its Name". Weekly Standard. January 26, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  16. ^ "When a movement is 'upward upward,' how high can it go? - The Buffalo News". Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  17. ^ " - Transcripts". Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  18. ^ Josh Feldman (July 12, 2013). "Bill Maher Panel Descends Into Shoutfest Between GOP Guests And Cornel West Calling Obama 'War Criminal'". Mediaite. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  19. ^ "Overtime: June 19, 2015". HBO Real Time with Bill Maher. Retrieved June 20, 2015.

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