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, U.S.[1]
Alma mater UC Santa Barbara
Occupation Journalist, political commentator
Political party
Spouse(s) Emmanuelle Richard
Children 2

Matthew Lee 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 attended UC Santa Barbara as part of 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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