Matthew Continetti

Last updated on 3 September 2017

Matthew Joseph Continetti[1] (born June 24, 1981) is an American conservative journalist and editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon.[2]

Life and career

Continetti was born in Alexandria, Virginia.[3] He is the son of Cathy (née Finn) and Joseph F. Continetti.[1] Continetti graduated from Columbia University in 2003.[4] While in college he wrote for the Columbia Spectator and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's magazine, CAMPUS.[4] In summer 2002 he did a Collegiate Network internship at the National Review, where he worked as a research assistant for Rich Lowry.[4][5] He joined The Weekly Standard as an editorial assistant, and later became associate editor.[4]

His articles and reviews have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Financial Times.[6] He has also been an on-camera contributor to[7] He has criticized Glenn Beck as "nonsense."[8] He has argued the American media turned on Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign because they had blind allegiance to Barack Obama.[9] He has criticized American academia as uniformly left wing.[10]

Continetti lives in Arlington, Virginia.[6] He is married to Anne Elizabeth Kristol, the daughter of neo-conservative writer William Kristol.[1] Continetti converted to Judaism in 2011.[11]

In March, 2015, Continetti penned a column that was highly critical of the fictitious character, Mr. Spock, from the Star Trek television and movie series, as a response to President Barack Obama's kind words for the character of the late actor Leonard Nimoy.[12]


  • The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine, Doubleday (2006)
  • The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star (2009)


  1. ^ a b c "Anne Kristol and Matthew Continetti". The New York Times. 2012-02-19.
  2. ^ The Washington Free Beacon Masthead
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c d Intercollegiate Studies Institute biography
  5. ^ Richard Lowry, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, Regnery Publishing, 2004, p. 343 Google Books
  6. ^ a b Weekly Standard biography
  7. ^ Bloggingheads webpage
  8. ^ John Nichols, The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism, Verso Books, 2011 Google Books
  9. ^ Michael Graham, That's No Angry Mob, That's My Mom: Team Obama's Assault on Tea-Party, Talk-Radio Americans, Regnery Publishing, 2010, p. 166 Google Books
  10. ^ Bruce E. Johansen, Silenced!: Academic freedom, scientific inquiry, and the First Amendment under siege in America, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, p. 129 Google Books
  11. ^ Matthew Continetti on Twitter, April 13, 2016. "Fact-check: I converted to Judaism in 2011."
  12. ^ Continetti, Matthew (March 6, 2015). "I Don’t Love Spock: Column; President Obama’s favorite Star Trek character is an appeasing arrogant jerk". Washington Free Beacon. Washington, DC.

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