Matthew Petti is an assistant editor at Reason and a proud New Jersey native. He has previously reported for the BBC (in Persian and English), The InterceptThe Daily BeastNew Lines MagazineResponsible StatecraftMiddle East Eye, and The National Interest, among other publications. Matthew covers U.S. national security policy and its interactions with American society and domestic politics.

In 2022, Matthew was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to research the ways in which Arab journalists interact with foreign media. Through the Fulbright program, he worked at a variety of newsrooms in Amman, including Jordan News and Radio al-Balad, where he hosted a program on Latin music. Previously, he had been a Center for Arabic Study Abroad and Foreign Language Area Studies fellow in Amman.

Matthew graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. He got his start in journalism as a features writer at the Columbia Daily Spectator.

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