Matt Welch Biography
Matt Welch born Matthew Lee Welch is an American blogger, journalist, author, and libertarian political pundit. He became famous for his work as editor of Reason, a monthly Libertarian publication. He published a 2007 work entitled McCain: The Myth of a Maverick that pointed out several reasons why Libertarians should fear a John McCain presidency.
Matt Welch Age
Matt was born on July 31, 1968, in Bellflower, California. He is 52 years old.
Matt Welch Parents
Matt was born in Bellflower, California. He was raised in Long Beach, California. Matt is the son of author Mary Bobbit Townsend. Through his mother, he is the great-great-grandson of Rear Admiral Hugo Osterhaus. He attended UC Santa Barbara as part of the class of 1990.
Matt Welch Wife
Matt is married to journalist Emmanuelle Richard, and they have two daughters. They reside in Brooklyn, New York.
Matt Welch Podcast
Matt Welch is co-host of The Fifth Column podcast along with Kmele Foster and Michael Moynihan.
Matt Welch Bill Maher
Matt was on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher program on April 12, 2019, along with co-panelists Cornell Belcher and Wendy Sherman, both former Obama administration hands. Kicking off the show was Trump/Russia conspiracist Seth Abramson, and Matt was delighted to announce that the mid-show guest is none other than America’s greatest working newspaper humorist, Dave Barry.
Matt Welch Blog
He wrote for Tabloid.Net, along with Tim Blair and Ken Layne in the late 1990s. Matt was one of the founders of the Prague-based newspaper Prognosis in the mid-1990s. He researched the effects of UN sanctions against Iraq, often criticizing the reporting of others. Commentator Mike Rosen praised his research as “yeoman’s work.”
Matt wrote a portrayal of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from a libertarian perspective in 2007. In McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, he argued that a McCain presidency would advance a statist agenda. Through an FOIA request, Matt 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.
He was editor-in-chief at the monthly libertarian journal, Reason from 2008 to 2016. He now serves as editor-at-large. Matt was an editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times from 2006 to 2007. he 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.”
Matt co-wrote The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America with Reason.tv editor-in-chief Nick Gillespie in 2011. Matt 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.
- McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2007
- The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America, Public Affairs,
Matt Welch Net Worth
Matt has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.