Matt K. Lewis

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Matt K. Lewis
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Lewis in 2016
EmployerThe Daily Beast and The Week
Known forCommentary

Matt Lewis is a 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]

Background 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 University 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 U.S. 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 2009-05-09.
  3. ^ Ruffini, Patrick (2007-01-13). "Matt Lewis Now Blogging at Townhall". Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  4. ^ Anderson, Karen (2009-02-16). "Coming & Going". Politics Magazine. Campaigns & Elections. Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  5. ^ Calderone, Michael (2009-04-09). "Sweet, Lawrence join AOL politics site". Politico. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  6. ^ Betsy Rothstein (8 February 2011). "The Daily Caller Successfully Woos Politics Daily's Matt Lewis". Fishbowl DC. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Speaker Bios". Philanthropy Roundtable. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  8. ^ Reed, Theresa (2003-07-03). "Republicans Get Emotive". Portland Mercury. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  9. ^ Dayton, Soren (2007-03-26). "A view from the Straight Talk Express". Archived from the original on 10 April 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  10. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (2007-09-29). "Gingrich Tiptoes Toward a White House Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  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 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  14. ^ Wooldridge, Adrian (2016-01-19). "'Why the Right Went Wrong' and 'Too Dumb to Fail'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  15. ^ "How 'The Stupid Party' Earned Its Name". Weekly Standard. 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  16. ^ "When a movement is 'upward upward,' how high can it go? - The Buffalo News". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  17. ^ " - Transcripts". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  18. ^ Josh Feldman (July 12, 2013). "Bill Maher Panel Descends Into Shoutfest Between GOP Guests And Cornel West Calling Obama 'War Criminal'". Mediaite. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Overtime: June 19, 2015". HBO Real Time with Bill Maher. Retrieved 20 June 2015.

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