Matthew Lee "Matt" Welch (born July 31, 1968) is an American blogger, journalist, and libertarian political pundit.
Welch was born on July 31, 1968 in Bellflower, California. He was raised in Long Beach, California. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in the class of 1990.
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."
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.
Welch 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."
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 was co-host of the Fox Business Network current events and political discussion show, The Independents.
Welch is married to journalist Emmanuelle Richard, and they have two daughters. A lifelong Los Angeles Angels fan, Welch is a frequent commenter on Halos Heaven.
- 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