Matthew Kaminski
Kaminski in 2017
Born (1971-11-11) November 11, 1971 (age 52)
EducationYale University (BA)
Universite Libre de Bruxelles (MA)
Occupation(s)Journalist, editor

Matthew Kaminski is a Polish-born American editor and journalist. He’s the co-founder of POLITICO Europe, a pan-European publication created in 2014, and former Editor-in-Chief of POLITICO.

He was previously a foreign correspondent, opinion writer, and editor at The Wall Street Journal.

Early life and education

Kaminski was born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 11, 1971. His father Bartlomiej Kaminski is an economist and retired professor.[1] His mother, Ewa Kaminski, was a Polish radio journalist. He is the grandson of Włodzimierz Sokorski, a prominent post-war Polish Communist politician and writer.

After moving to the U.S. in 1980 with his family, Kaminski was raised in Washington D.C., graduating from Georgetown Day School. He received an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University, and a masters in international politics from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles's Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales & Stratgégiques (CERIS).


Before graduating from college, Kaminski started to report for the Financial Times and Economist on the former Soviet Union in 1993. He was the FT’s Kyiv Correspondent in 1994-97. His reporting for the FT on Yulia Tymoshenko was cited in the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko on corruption charges in the U.S.[2]

The Wall Street Journal

Kaminski joined the Wall Street Journal in Brussels in 1997, reporting on Central & Eastern Europe and later the EU and NATO. He moved over to the Journal’s editorial page staff in 2002, going on to become the Editorial Page Editor of the WSJ’s European edition, based in Paris. His columns on the EU won the Peter Weitz Prize in 2004, awarded by the German Marshall Fund, which said they showed "extraordinary talent in covering the complexities of a unifying Europe in search of an identity."[3] Moving to New York in 2008, Kaminski served on the Journal’s Editorial Board, focusing on foreign affairs, longform writing and interviews, and the military. His reporting on the Ukrainian crisis in 2014 was recognized with an Overseas Press Club Award.[4] He was also a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary in 2015 for work that documented Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February 2014 and advocated for a more robust Western response.[5]


Kaminski was the founding editor of POLITICO Europe, which was formed in 2014 through a joint-venture between Germany’s Axel Springer and POLITICO LLC in Washington.[6][7][8] Two years after its launch, POLITICO Europe was named the “most influential” publication on European affairs in the annual BCW poll and has kept that distinction since.[9][10]


Named Editor-in-Chief of POLITICO in Washington in 2019, Kaminski led the publication through two American election cycles, the pandemic and its sale to Axel Springer in late 2021.[11][12] During his time at the helm, POLITICO broke the story that the U.S. had secretly frozen military aid to Ukraine, which lead to the first impeachment of Donald Trump over alleged efforts to pressure the Ukrainians to investigate Beau Biden. In 2022, POLITICO published a draft opinion of the Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, which was subsequently confirmed as accurate by Chief Justice John Roberts.[13][14] The story created a political firestorm, and was called the “scoop of the century.”[15] His tenure was also marked by newsroom unhappiness over the decision to publish Ben Shapiro as a guest Playbook author in early 2021.[16] In his time, POLITICO won four George Polk Awards for its coverage of the Covid pandemic, the Supreme Court and environmental reporting.[17] Its reporting on the Supreme Court in 2022 was a Pulitzer finalist, and the fact that it didn't win surprised media observers.[18]

In July 2023, POLITICO announced Kaminski would move on from the top editor’s job to concentrate on writing and other activities.[19] He’s the publication’s Editor-at-Large, writing on global affairs. His writing focuses on American and European politics, national security and geopolitics.[20][21] He also serves on the executive board of Zurich-based World.Minds, a peer-to-peer events company majority owned by Axel Springer.[22][23][24]

Personal life

He is married to Alexandra Geneste, a French writer and journalist, and lives in Washington.[25] He has two children.


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  12. ^ "Politico names global editor to explore new coverage areas, new publications". Talking Biz News. August 24, 2018.
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  16. ^ Robertson, Katie (2021-01-15). "Politico Staff Objects After Right-Wing Star Ben Shapiro Writes Newsletter". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-05-17.
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