Matthew Continetti

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Matthew Continetti
Matthew Joseph Continetti

(1981-06-24) June 24, 1981 (age 38)
ResidenceArlington, Virginia
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationJournalist, newspaper editor
Spouse(s)Anne Elizabeth Kristol (2012–present)
RelativesWilliam Kristol (father-in-law)

Matthew Joseph Continetti (born June 24, 1981) is an American journalist and the editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Continetti was born in Alexandria, Virginia.[2] He is the son of Cathy (née Finn) and Joseph F. Continetti.[3] Continetti graduated from Columbia University in 2003.[4] While in college he wrote for the Columbia Spectator and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's magazine, CAMPUS.[4] In summer 2002 he did a Collegiate Network internship at the National Review, where he worked as a research assistant for Rich Lowry.[4][5] He joined The Weekly Standard as an editorial assistant, and later became associate editor.[4]

His articles and reviews have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Financial Times.[6] He has also been an on-camera contributor to[7] He has criticized Glenn Beck as "nonsense."[8] He has argued the American media turned on Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign because they had blind allegiance to Barack Obama.[9] He has criticized American academia as uniformly left wing.[10]

From October 2015 to May 2016, the Washington Free Beacon, under Continetti's stewardship, hired Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on "multiple candidates" during the 2016 presidential election, including Donald Trump. The Free Beacon stopped funding this research when Donald Trump was selected as the Republican Party nominee.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Continetti lives in Arlington, Virginia.[6] He is married to Anne Elizabeth Kristol, the daughter of William Kristol, Vice President Dan Quayle's Chief of Staff.[3] Continetti converted to Judaism in 2011, prior to his marriage to Kristol.[12]


  • The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine, Doubleday (2006)
  • The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star (2009)


  1. ^ The Washington Free Beacon Masthead
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Anne Kristol and Matthew Continetti". The New York Times. 2012-02-19.
  4. ^ a b c d Intercollegiate Studies Institute biography
  5. ^ Richard Lowry, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, Regnery Publishing, 2004, p. 343 Google Books
  6. ^ a b Weekly Standard biography
  7. ^ Bloggingheads webpage
  8. ^ John Nichols, The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism, Verso Books, 2011 Google Books
  9. ^ Michael Graham, That's No Angry Mob, That's My Mom: Team Obama's Assault on Tea-Party, Talk-Radio Americans, Regnery Publishing, 2010, p. 166 Google Books
  10. ^ Bruce E. Johansen, Silenced!: Academic freedom, scientific inquiry, and the First Amendment under siege in America, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, p. 129 Google Books
  11. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P.; Haberman, Maggie (2017-10-27). "Conservative Website First Funded Anti-Trump Research by Firm That Later Produced Dossier". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  12. ^ Matthew Continetti on Twitter, April 13, 2016. "Fact-check: I converted to Judaism in 2011."

External links[edit]