Matthew Yglesias

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Matthew Yglesias
Screenshot from podcast of Matthew Yglesias.jpg
Born (1981-05-18) May 18, 1981 (age 35)
United States
Education Harvard University (2003)
Occupation Blogger, journalist
Notable credit(s) Blogger; staff writer at Center for American Progress; co-founder and editor for Vox; former writer for The Atlantic and The American Prospect; frequent guest on; former economics blogger for Slate

Matthew Yglesias (/ˈɡlsiəs/; born May 18, 1981) is an American blogger and journalist who writes about economics and politics from a liberal perspective.[1][2] In his career, Yglesias has written columns and articles for publications such as The American Prospect, The Atlantic, and Slate. Currently, he is an editor and columnist for the advocacy news website Vox, which he co-founded in 2014.

Life and career[edit]

Yglesias's father Rafael Yglesias is a screenwriter and novelist. His paternal grandparents were novelists Jose Yglesias and Helen Yglesias (née Bassine). His paternal grandfather was of Spanish-Cuban background, and his three other grandparents were of Eastern European Jewish descent.[3]

Yglesias went to high school at The Dalton School in New York City and later attended Harvard University where he studied philosophy.[4]

Yglesias started blogging in early 2002, while still in college, focusing mainly on American politics and public policy issues, often approached from an abstract, philosophical perspective. Yglesias was a strong supporter of invading Iraq, Iran and North Korea, calling the countries on his blog "evil" and stating that "we should take them all out," although he was critical of the term "axis of evil." [5] [6] Yglesias joined the American Prospect as a writing fellow upon his graduation in 2003, subsequently becoming a staff writer. His posts appeared regularly on the magazine's collaborative weblog TAPPED.[7] From June 2007 until August 2008, he was a staff writer at The Atlantic Monthly, and his blog was hosted on the magazine's website, The Atlantic. In July 2008, he announced that he would leave The Atlantic Monthly for the Center for American Progress where he wrote for its blog, ThinkProgress, because he missed "the sense of collegiality that comes from working with like-minded colleagues on a shared enterprise" and thought he could "help advance their mission".[8] On November 21, 2011, he left ThinkProgress to work as a business and economics correspondent at Slate's Moneybox.[9][10]

Andrew Sullivan formerly took nominations on his blog for the Yglesias Award, an honor "for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe."[11] Yglesias is also somewhat infamous for the often poor spelling of his blog posts, a weakness to which he frankly admits.[12]

Yglesias has stated that he voted for Mitt Romney when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts.[13]

In February 2014, he left Slate and joined Vox Media to work on with Ezra Klein.[14]



  1. ^ Reeve, Elspeth (March 22, 2013). "Matt Yglesias' $1.2 Million House Stokes Class Envy in Conservatives". The Atlantic. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Avard, Christian (22 July 2008). "Matt Yglesias: A Case for Liberal Internationalism | Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
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  4. ^ "Matt Yglesias Bio". Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Yglesias Blogspot on Iraq". 
  7. ^ Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith & the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War, Editor Allison Hantschel, Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Inc., 2005, ISBN 978-1-59028-049-2
  8. ^ Matthew Yglesias: Big Thinktank Matt
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  10. ^ "Slate". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  11. ^ Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish Awards
  12. ^ Matthew Yglesias: Why I Can't Spell
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  15. ^ Wiley product page for Heads in the Sand

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