Matt Lewis

Senior Columnist for the Daily Beast, Author of “Filthy Rich Politicians”
  • Reputation as an “independently minded” (Columbia Journalism Review) and “intellectually honest” commentator (Newsweek)
  • Named one of the 50 “Pundits You Need to Pay Attention to Between Now and The Election” by Business Insider
  • Brings his funny, off-the-cuff journalistic style to candidly discuss the current political landscape in a bipartisan way

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Called a “first-rate talent” in The Washington Post and “super-smart” by John Heilemann, Matt K. Lewis is a center-right critic of American politics and pop culture. He is a senior columnist for the Daily Beast and author of the book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Lewis dissects the day’s issues in conversation with other thinkers, authors, and newsmakers on his podcast, Matt Lewis and the News, and co-hosts The DMZ Show with liberal pundit Bill Scher. He has also been a contributor for and the Daily Caller. Previously, he served as a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily, and before that as a blogger for

As a journalist, Lewis has earned a reputation as an “independently minded” (Columbia Journalism Review) and “intellectually honest” commentator (Ben Adler, Newsweek). Named one of the “40 Best Conservative Columnists” by RightWingNews each year since 2013, he has been acknowledged as the 2012 “CPAC Blogger of the Year” by The American Conservative Union and one of the 50 “Pundits You Need to Pay Attention to Between Now and The Election” in 2011 by Business Insider. Additionally, the Young Conservatives Coalition’s selected Lewis as a recipient of their second annual “Buckley Award” in 2011.

Matt’s work has also appeared in outlets such as GQ, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, POLITICO, Roll Call, 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. As a commentator, Matt has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, ABC’s Nightline, CBS News’ Face the Nation, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and has contributed to radio outlets including NPR and the BBC.

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