Matt Welch

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Matt Welch
Matt Welch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Welch in July 2016
Born Matthew Lee Welch
(1968-07-31) July 31, 1968 (age 49)
Bellflower, California[1]
Alma mater UC Santa Barbara
Occupation Journalist, political commentator
Political party
Spouse(s) Emmanuelle Richard

Matthew Lee "Matt" Welch (born July 31, 1968) is an American blogger, journalist, author, and libertarian political pundit.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Welch was born on July 31, 1968 in Bellflower, California. He was raised in Long Beach, California.[1] He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in the class of 1990.[citation needed]


In 2007, he wrote a portrayal of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from a libertarian perspective. In McCain: The Myth of a Maverick,[4] Welch argued that a McCain presidency would advance a statist agenda.[5][6][7][8] Through an 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."[9]

From 2008 to 2016, he was editor-in-chief at the monthly libertarian journal, Reason.[10] He now serves as editor-at-large.[11] From 2006 to 2007, he was an editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times.[12] In the late 1990s, he wrote for Tabloid.Net, along with Tim Blair and Ken Layne.[13] In the mid-1990s, he was one of the founders of the Prague-based newspaper Prognosis.[14]

Welch researched the effects of UN sanctions against Iraq, often criticizing the reporting of others.[15][16][17] Commentator Mike Rosen praised his research as "yeoman's work."[18] 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."[19]

In 2011, Matt Welch co-wrote The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with editor-in-chief Nick Gillespie.[20] He has become a frequent commentator on cable news shows, and was co-host of the Fox Business Network current events and political discussion show, The Independents.

Personal life[edit]

Welch is married to journalist Emmanuelle Richard, and they have two daughters.



  1. ^ a b "Career Advice". Mediabistro. 
  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. ^ McCain (0230603963) WELCH – Palgrave Macmillan. 2006-11-06. Archived from the original on ?. Retrieved 2009-06-11.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  5. ^ "The Myth of a Maverick, by Matt Welch". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ "BuzzFlash Review: McCain: The Myth of a Maverick (Hardcover)". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  7. ^ "W. James Antle III on McCain: The Myth of a Maverick on National Review Online". 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Bill Moyers Journal . Mickey Edwards and Matt Welch on McCain | PBS". PBS<!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  9. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (2008-06-15). "In '74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain's War Views". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  10. ^ ""The Myth of a Maverick": Matt Welch on GOP Frontrunner John McCain". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  11. ^ Reason – Matt Welch
  12. ^ "Reason Magazine – Staff > Matt Welch > Hit & Run Posts". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  13. ^ Welch, Matt. "". Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ Jacques Poitras. "Prague Reverb". Medium. 
  15. ^ "Reason Magazine – The Politics of Dead Children". Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  16. ^ Welch, Matt (2002). "Iraqi death toll doesn't add up". National Post. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  17. ^ "The Iraqi babies scam is still alive". Archived from the original on 2003-09-04. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ "Radley Balko Named "Journalist of the Year," Reason Wins Three Other First Place Prizes at the Southern California Journalism Awards". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Books – Matt Welch". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

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