Matt Negrin started writing in the seventh grade and, before that, had
already tasted the life of a politician -- having been elected president of his
elementary school by running a candy-themed campaign aimed at
8-year-old swing voters. But souring on the experience after nine
months, he vowed never to run for office again.
From 18 to 22, Matt survived eight internships — among them, at
The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press’s Tokyo
bureau — and two semesters as editor of The Daily Free Press, the
independent paper at Boston University, where he studied journalism and
occasionally slept. He also somehow found time to be one of the original
bloggers for an AOL politics site geared toward students.
During the 2008 election, Matt wrote about what real, rope-whipping
mavericks in the South thought of John McCain; how Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton could have picked a running mate before the primary
ended; and why the Japanese wear face masks in public (that one
unrelated to the race).
Matt’s favorite books are “Hiroshima” and “The Boys on the Bus.” He
also is enthusiastic about Russian music composed in the Romantic era.
Matt's first job out of college was steering the "44" page at Politico, which involved tracking President Obama's every move. Now, he's a reporter at ABC News in Washington, and he's glad to be covering politicians instead of being one.