Matthew Lee "Matt" Welch (born July 31, 1968) is an American blogger, journalist, and libertarian political pundit. Welch was born in Bellflower, California and raised in Long Beach, California. Since 2008, he has been the editor-in-chief at the monthly libertarian journal, Reason. From 2006 to 2007, he was an editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times. In the late 1990s, he wrote for Tabloid.Net, along with Tim Blair and Ken Layne, now a writer for Gawker. In the mid-1990s, he was one of the founders of the Prague-based newspaper Prognosis.
In 2007, he wrote a portrayal of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from a libertarian perspective. In McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, Welch argued that a McCain presidency would advance a statist agenda. Through a 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."
He has also researched the effects of UN sanctions against Iraq, often criticizing the reporting of others. Commentator Mike Rosen praised his research as "yeoman's work." 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."
A lifelong Los Angeles Angels fan, Welch is a frequent commenter on Halos Heaven. He is married to journalist Emmanuelle Richard, and they have one daughter.
In 2011, Matt Welch co-wrote The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America with Reason.tv Editor Nick Gillespie. He has become a frequent commentator on cable news shows, and is currently the co-host of the Fox Business Network current events and political discussion show, The Independents.
Matt Welch blog,
McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, Palgrave Macmillan, 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,
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