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MATT WELCH
Los Angeles, California
mleewelch-at-gmail.com

(Last updated November 19, 2007) -- I am editor at Reason, the magazine for free minds and free markets; author of the new McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, and I do a bit of music and blogging on the side.

For most of 2006-2007 I was assistant editorial pages editor of the Los Angeles Times, overseeing the section's web operations, shaping the editorials, writing all over the page (print and virtual). For most of 2002-2005 my primary employer and outlet was Reason, where I was associate editor (October 2004-January 2006), media columnist (April 2004-April 2006); and longtime contributor to the must-read Hit & Run weblog.

From July 2002 to October 2004, I wrote a regular "Letter from California" column for the Review section of Canada's National Post newspaper; before that I had semi-regular gigs at the Online Journalism Review, the lefty-politics website WorkingForChange.com (for whom I covered Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign); and the now-defunct L.A. tech/biz mag Zone News. I have freelanced for the Columbia Journalism Review, L.A. Daily News Orange County Register, LA Weekly, ESPN.com, Salon, Wired News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Hardball Times, AlterNet, The Walrus, The Daily Star of Beirut, and dozens of other publications. My favorite topics range from media to international affairs to all things California to baseball (see a more complete list of topics and article-categories to your left).

I have written, edited and/or consulted for more than a dozen start-up media companies, including the nefarious Digital Entertainment Network, the acclaimed Tabloid.net, and the stillborn LA Examiner newspaper project. Before 1998 I lived for eight years in Central Europe, where I co-founded the region's first post-communist English-language newspaper, worked as UPI's Slovakia correspondent, and managed a Business Journal in Budapest.

For a representative sample of my writing, try here. To see hundreds of other articles and columns under my byline, just roam around the various categories on this site; nearly everything from 1998 onward is posted, and I'm slowly typing in the Central Europe archives.

The details:


Editor, Reason
Los Angeles, California
November 2007 --
Contact: David Nott, president of the Reason Foundation.

Assistant Editorial Pages Editor, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, California
January 2006 -- November 2007
Helped assemble the Opinion section of the West Coast's largest newspaper, and oversee its website. Wrote and edited editorials, Op-Eds, and online-only content.
Contact: Jim Newton, opinion editor

Associate Editor, Reason
Los Angeles, California
October 2004 -- January 2006
Wrote a monthly media column, regular online pieces and longer magazine features, for the United States' premier libertarian-bent politics & culture magazine.
Contact: Nick Gillespie, editor

Contributing Editor, Reason
Los Angeles, California
December 2003 -- October 2004
Wrote the media column and some other bits, including coverage of the 2004 political conventions.
Contact: Nick Gillespie, editor

California Correspondent, The National Post
Toronto, Canada
July 2002 -- October 2004
Write a fortnightly column for the Saturday Review section of Canada's most interesting national newspaper.
Contact: Paul Wilson, former Review editor

Proprietor, Matt Welch's Weblog
Los Angeles, California
September 2001 --
Write daily weblog that attracts around 2,500 unique visitors a day.
Contact: Me

Associate Editor, Reason
Los Angeles, California
May 2003 -- December 2003; April 2004 -- June 2004
Wrote and edited articles for the magazine and its website while various editors were on book sabbaticals.
Contact: Nick Gillespie, editor

Co-founder/editor, LA Examiner
Los Angeles, California
May 2001 -- June 2003
Posted items about L.A. gossip, media and news to a once-popular group weblog; worked with former Mayor Richard Riordan on a prototype issue of a weekly newspaper that was never started.
Contact: Ken Layne, co-founder/editor

Columnist, NewsForChange
San Francisco
May 2000 -- January 2002
Wrote political/cultural column; covered the Ralph Nader 2000 presidential campaign.
Contact: Christopher Scheer, former editor

Staff Writer, Zone News
Los Angeles
October 1999 -- March 2001
Wrote profiles of Southern Californian technology entrepreneurs, features on macroeconomic issues and columns about terrible companies, for now-defunct tech/biz magazine.
Contact: Ben Sullivan, former editor

News Editor, Tabloid.net
San Francisco
July 1998 -- March 1999
Edited and wrote news, features and columns for popular daily Internet newspaper that no longer publishes. Coordinated staff of 10 global correspondents.
Contact: Charles Hornberger, co-founder/editor

Editor/Reporter, New World Publishing
Budapest-Prague-Warsaw
http://www.ceebiz.com
January 1995 -- December 1997

  • Capital Markets Special Projects Coordinator (7/97-12/97):
    Conducted product review of Taking Stock Central Europe, the investor's guide to Central Europe.
    Contact: Thompson Barnhardt, former president, NWP

  • Managing Editor, Budapest Business Journal (10/95-7/97):
    Ran newsroom of best English-language business weekly in the region. Edited all copy, wrote most headlines, managed newsroom of 10.
    Contact: Henry Copeland, former editor

  • Reporter, Budapest Business Journal (1/95-10/95):
    Covered capital markets, media, advertising and trade; wrote regular advertising column and frequent book reviews.
    Contact: Henry Copeland, former editor

Founder, Owner and Editor, Prognosis
Prague
November 1990 -- March 1995
Launched the first independent English-language newspaper in the former East Bloc. In star-crossed, four-year run, the paper won raves for its fearless writing, gripping coverage of the Yugoslav wars, devastating photographs ... and for being in the right place at the right time. Sat on the board of directors until the company's demise, and served in several positions, including:

  • Eastern Europe Editor, Gossip Columnist (8/94-1/95)
  • Managing Editor (11/93-8/94)
  • Bratislava Bureau Chief (11/92-11/93)
  • Staff Writer (11/91-11/92)
  • Culture Editor (11/90-7/91)
Contact: Ben Sullivan, former editor/publisher

Correspondent, United Press International
Bratislava, Slovakia
November 1992 -- January 1994
Covered the breakup of Czechoslovakia and the first year of Slovak statehood. Wrote series on the Slovak media, profiles of HREF="http://mattwelch.com/OJRsave/OJRsave/Dahiller.htm">New Jersey's Teen Matt Drudge

Honorable Mention
Online Commentary/Criticism/Column, 2001
Teens Who Don't Make the Cut

CONSULTING:

MUSIC:
  • Backing vocals, The Hollow Trees, self-titled CD (Scrub Jay Records, 2005)
  • Co-songwriting credit for "You Can't Always Want What You Get," off of Tsar's Band-Girls-Money (TVT Records, 2005)
  • Rhythm guitar, backing vocals and songs (with Ken Layne and Axel Steuerwald), Fought Down by Ken Layne & the Corvids (Scrub Jay Records, 2003)
  • Backing vocals, Tsar (Hollywood Records, 2000)
  • Backing vocals, The Ballad of Bobby McStone by Gregory Vaine (McIlvanity Records, 1998)
  • Songs, (with Michael Lindsay and Daniel Langenkamp), lead and backing vocals, guitars, percussion, accordion, The Golden Penetrators (Small World Records, 1997)
  • Songs (with Jeff Whalen), lead and backing vocals, guitars, Meet Van Diamond by Van Diamond (Jett Records, 1995)
  • Songs, lead vocals, rhthym guitar, Slip Disco by Matt Welch and the Froggy Peat (Big Dwarf Records, 1994)
REFERENCES:

Nick Gillespie
Editor, Reason

Paul Wilson
Editor, The Walrus; former Review editor, National Post

Henry Copeland
CEO, Pressflex; former editor, Budapest Business Journal

Ben Sullivan
Former managing editor, Zone News; former editor and publisher, Prognosis; former staff writer, Budapest Business Journal

Ken Layne
Co-founder/editor, LA Examiner; Former editor, Tabloid.net; former staff writer, Prognosis and Budapest Business Journal; former owner/general manager, Viper Radio

Tim Blair
Proprietor, timblair.blogspot.com; former co-host, The Continuing Crisis on the Australian Broadcast Corporation

John Allison
Contributions Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; former editor, Prognosis

Christopher Scheer
Editor, NewsForChange; co-founder, Prognosis

Jennifer Paull
Editor, Fodor's

Eve M. Kahn
Essayist, architecture critic; former copy editor, Budapest Business Journal

Robert Scheer
Editor, Online Journalism Review; former investor, Prognosis; nationally syndicated columnist



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forchange.com/article.cfm?ItemId=9670">The Two-Hour Reich

Honorable Mention
Online Column/Commentary/Criticsm, 2003
Work for Reason Online

Honorable Mention
Online News Story, 2001
New Jersey's Teen Matt Drudge

Honorable Mention
Online Commentary/Criticism/Column, 2001
Teens Who Don't Make the Cut

CONSULTING:

MUSIC: REFERENCES:

Nick Gillespie
Editor, Reason

Paul Wilson
Editor, The Walrus; former Review editor, National Post

Henry Copeland
CEO, Pressflex; former editor, Budapest Business Journal

Ben Sullivan
Former managing editor, Zone News; former editor and publisher, Prognosis; former staff writer, Budapest Business Journal

Ken Layne
Co-founder/editor, LA Examiner; Former editor, Tabloid.net; former staff writeaff writer, Prognosis and Budapest Business Journal; former owner/general manager, Viper Radio

Tim Blair
Proprietor, timblair.blogspot.com; former co-host, The Continuing Crisis on the Australian Broadcast Corporation

John Allison
Contributions Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; former editor, Prognosis

Christopher Scheer
Editor, NewsForChange; co-founder, Prognosis

Jennifer Paull
Editor, Fodor's

Eve M. Kahn
Essayist, architecture critic; former copy editor, Budapest Business Journal

Robert Scheer
Editor, Online Journalism Review; former investor, Prognosis; nationally syndicated columnist



Send e-mail to Matt Welch.

© 1986-2010; All rights reserved.

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