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).
Matt’s work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Washington Post, The 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 Post, The New York Times, and The Associated Press.
Over the years, Matt has provided political commentary on C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, ABC’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 conservative programs such as “The Hugh Hewitt 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.
Highlights and awards
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
“[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