Matt K. Lewis

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Matt K. Lewis
Lewis in 2007
Residence Alexandria, Virginia
Employer The Daily Caller and The Week
Known for Commentary

Matt Lewis is a writer, commentator and blogger with The Daily Caller and a contributing editor for The Week. He is also a regular CNN political commentator.

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.[1] He has a pet pug named 'Uncle Rico' after a character in the film Napoleon Dynamite.[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, a political contributor for CNN as of 2016,[17] with multiple appearances 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.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About Matt Lewis". Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Ruffini, Patrick (2007-01-13). "Matt Lewis Now Blogging at Townhall". Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Karen (2009-02-16). "Coming & Going". Politics Magazine. Campaigns & Elections. 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. 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. 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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