Matthew Kennard

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For the British actor, see Matt Kennard.

Matthew Kennard (born 1983 in London) is a British author and journalist who has written for the Leeds Student, Daily Bruin, Bulb magazine, New Statesman, The Guardian and the Financial Times. He has interviewed Clare Short, Richard Dawkins, Noam Chomsky, Tony Benn, Norman Finkelstein and Damon Albarn as well as many other artists, scientists, journalists, and politicians.[1]

In 2006, while a student journalist, he accused then Leeds University lecturer Frank Ellis of racism and was interviewed on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.[2] Kennard also broke the story in the Daily Bruin of the Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz’s attempts to suppress the publication of Norman Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah by the University of California Press. Dershowitz accused him of being a 'liar' in print.[3] This story was subsequently picked up in national newspapers in Britain and America.[citation needed]

He is the author of Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror published by Verso Books and The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs. the Masters of the Universe published by Zed Books. He is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism.[4]

His father is artist Peter Kennard. He lives in North London with his partner and son.[5]