Matt Welch

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

Matt Welch
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Welch in July 2016
Matthew Lee Welch

(1968-07-31) July 31, 1968 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
OccupationJournalist, political commentator
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Emmanuelle Richard

Early lifeEdit

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, but did not complete a degree.[citation needed] Through his mother, author Mary Bobbitt Townsend, he is the great-great-grandson of Rear Admiral Hugo Osterhaus.[4][5]


In the late 1990s, he wrote for Tabloid.Net, along with Tim Blair and Ken Layne.[6] In the early 1990s, he was one of the founders of the Prague-based newspaper Prognosis.[7] Welch researched the effects of UN sanctions against Iraq, often criticizing the reporting of others.[8][9][10] Commentator Mike Rosen praised his research as "yeoman's work."[11]

In 2007, he wrote a portrayal of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from a libertarian perspective. In McCain: The Myth of a Maverick,[12] Welch argued that a McCain presidency would advance a statist agenda.[13][14][15][16] 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.[17]

From 2008 to 2016, he was editor-in-chief at the monthly libertarian journal, Reason.[18] He now serves as editor-at-large.[19] From 2006 to 2007, he was an editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times.[20] 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."[21]

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.[22] 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.

Matt Welch is co-host of The Fifth Column podcast along with Kmele Foster and Michael Moynihan.

Personal lifeEdit

Welch is married to journalist Emmanuelle Richard, and they have two daughters.[citation needed]


  • Books
    • McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, St. Martin's Griffin, 2007 ISBN 0-230-60396-3
    • The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America, Public Affairs, ISBN 1-58648-938-0


  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. ^ Welch, Matt (16 October 2007). McCain: The Myth of a Maverick. ISBN 9780230608559.
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  6. ^ Welch, Matt. "". Archived from the original on June 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Jacques Poitras. "Prague Reverb". Medium.
  8. ^ "Reason Magazine – The Politics of Dead Children". Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  9. ^ Welch, Matt (2002). "Iraqi death toll doesn't add up". National Post. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  10. ^ "The Iraqi babies scam is still alive". Archived from the original on 2003-09-04.
  11. ^ Rosen, Mike (2002-03-15). "U.S., U.N. not to blame for deaths of Iraqis". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2014-04-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ McCain (0230603963) WELCH – Palgrave Macmillan. 2006-11-06. Archived from the original on March 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-11. Alt URL
  13. ^ "The Myth of a Maverick, by Matt Welch". Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  14. ^ "BuzzFlash Review: McCain: The Myth of a Maverick (Hardcover)". Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  15. ^ "W. James Antle III on McCain: The Myth of a Maverick on National Review Online". 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  16. ^ "Bill Moyers Journal . Mickey Edwards and Matt Welch on McCain | PBS". PBS<!. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  17. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (2008-06-15). "In '74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain's War Views". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  18. ^ ""The Myth of a Maverick": Matt Welch on GOP Frontrunner John McCain". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  19. ^ Reason – Matt Welch
  20. ^ "Reason Magazine – Staff > Matt Welch > Hit & Run Posts". Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  21. ^ "Radley Balko Named "Journalist of the Year," Reason Wins Three Other First Place Prizes at the Southern California Journalism Awards". Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  22. ^ "Books – Matt Welch". Retrieved 7 December 2013.

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