About Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis lives at the intersection of politics and culture. As a senior contributor for The Daily Caller and columnist for The Week, his writing combines political analysis, cultural commentary, and original reporting.
Matt is also the editor of the book, ‘The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words.’
As a commentator, Matt has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, ABC’s “Nightline,” and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He has also appeared on numerous radio outlets and programs, including NPR, BBC, and “Left, Right & Center.”
Matt grew up in Frederick County, Maryland, and graduated from Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, WV.
In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s 2012 defeat, Matt coined the phrase, “modernize, not moderate” — which came to define the Republican Party’s early rebranding efforts. The line was embraced by prominent opinion leaders – as well as conservative reformers like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Conservative Union named Matt the 2012 Blogger of the Year, “chosen from the approximately 600 bloggers” who covered the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
His work debunking a controversial 2012 news story about Sen. Marco Rubio also 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’s selected Matt as a recipient of their second annual “Buckley Award.”
(And who could forget his mention on ESPN’s “The Tony Kornheiser Show”?)
In 2010, Matt helped provide midterm election night analysis for ABC’s “Nightline”.
He was a credentialed blogger at the 2008 RNC National Convention in Minneapolis, MN. And in March 2007, Matt was one of two bloggers invited on John McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” campaign bus on a visit to New Hampshire for an interview with the candidate.
What others are saying about Matt …
“[A] staunchly conservative but independent-minded and intellectually honest columnist…” – Newsweek’s Ben Adler
“[A] very perceptive writer…” – Hugh Hewitt
“Sassy dude that Lewis.” - Andrew Sullivan
“[A]n independently minded blogger…” – Columbia Journalism Review
A “shoe-leather reporter” who “conservatives like and trust – and that liberals have to read.” - Gregg Keller, the national executive director of the American Conservative Union
“Let me disagree with Matt both politically, tactically, and substantively.” – “Meet The Press’” David Gregory
“His friends call him ‘The Great Matt Lewis’ — we do, too.” – Joe Scarborough
[O]ne of the most fair and incisive conservative columnists out there…” – Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald
“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.” Politico’s Glenn Thrush
“[I]ntellectually honest…” – Kirsten Powers
“[O]ne of my favorite columnist/reporters…” - Sean Hannity
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