About Matt K. Lewis


Matt Lewis is a senior columnist at The Daily Beast, a CNN political commentator, and the author of  Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots). He also co-hosts The DMZ show on Bloggingheads.TV.

Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Matt’s work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street JournalGQThe Washington PostThe Week, Roll Call, Politico, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Guardian — and he has been quoted or cited by major media outlets including New York Magazine, The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Associated Press.

Over the years, Matt has provided political commentary on C-SPAN, PBS NewsHourABC’s “Nightline,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and CBS News’ “Face The Nation.” He has appeared on numerous radio outlets like NPR and the BBC, and on various podcasts such as “The Adam Carolla Show.” (And who could forget his mention on ESPN’s “The Tony Kornheiser Show”?)

Previously, Matt served as senior contributor for The Daily Caller, and before that, as a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily.

He is also the editor of the book, The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words.

Matt grew up in Frederick County, Maryland, and graduated from Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Matt Lewis & The News

Matt currently hosts his own podcast, “Matt Lewis & The News,” which features interviews with some of America’s top thinkers, authors, and newsmakers (subscribe on iTunes). The podcast is listened to by top opinion leaders, including Sen. Ben Sasse, who is a listener. The podcast has also been cited on air by top influencers like Joe Scarborough.

Highlights and awards

Spring 2018 Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s “Institute of Politics

Matt was named one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” by RightWingNews in 20132014, 20152016, and 2017.

In the 2014 Netflix documentary, Mitt, Tagg Romney is shown reading one of Matt’s tweets to Mitt.

The American Conservative Union named Matt the 2012 CPAC Blogger of the Year.

His work debunking a controversial 2012 news story about Sen. Marco Rubio resulted in Reuters issuing five corrections.

In 2011, Business Insider named Matt one of the 50 “Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To Between Now And The Election.”
Also in 2011, the Young Conservatives Coalition selected Matt as a recipient of their second annual “Buckley Award.”

In 2010, Matt helped provide midterm election night analysis for ABC’s “Nightline.”

In March of 2007, Matt was one of two bloggers invited on the “Straight Talk Express” campaign bus in New Hampshire for an interview with Sen. John McCain.

What others are saying about Matt K. Lewis

“Mr. Lewis has been a vocal and persistent critic of the president from the right.” – Anna Dubenko, New York Times

“[A] staunchly conservative but independent-minded and intellectually honest columnist…” - Ben Adler, Newsweek

“[A] very perceptive writer…” - Hugh Hewitt
“Sassy dude that Lewis.” - Andrew Sullivan

“[A]n independently minded blogger…” - Columbia Journalism Review

“Let me disagree with Matt both politically, tactically, and substantively.” - David Gregory

“He loves Jesus…loves America.” - Joe Scarborough

“[O]ne of the most fair and incisive conservative columnists out there…” - Alex Seitz-Wald, Salon

“I don’t even know who Matt Lewis is.” - Mark Levin

A “super-smart conservative writer.” - John Heilemann

“[F]irst-rate talent…” Dana Milbank, The Washington Post

“[A]n influential conservative writer …” - Salon

“[H]e’s doing the most interesting stuff on The Right right now.” - Glenn Thrush, Politico

“[E]minently reasonable” - Ed Morrissey, HotAir

“[I]ntellectually honest…” - Kirsten Powers

“[O]ne of my favorite columnist/reporters…” - Sean Hannity

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