As director of Broadcast Services, Matt Streit is responsible for promoting The Heritage Foundation's experts and their research to radio and television journalists who cover the hottest issues of the day.
Streit (pronounced “straight”) manages communications with producers, reporters and hosts across the nation and around the globe; coordinates coverage of the think tank’s major events; and oversees the radio and television facilities at Heritage’s headquarters on Capitol Hill.
Under Streit’s leadership in 2009, the annual number of broadcast and cable interviews doubled -- to more than 4,000. His team reaches out to scores of talk radio hosts, from modest outlets in Missouri or Oklahoma to Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated show.
Before his promotion to director in 2008, Streit served as assistant director of Media Services, where he worked to put more of Heritage’s trusted voices, faces and policy solutions on the national and international airwaves. He previously was a senior media associate, booking over 300 interviews on the major broadcast and cable news networks and elsewhere in his first six months on the job.
Streit was instrumental in the inauguration of the Robert H. Bruce Radio Studio, which allows Heritage’s analysts and executives to be heard practically anywhere on Earth. The studio has been a temporary home to such top-tier hosts as Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Sandy Rios, Neal Boortz and Bill Handel.
He also led the design and renovation of the Elmore Family Television Studio, from which Heritage experts appear live at least twice a day in interviews with local, national and international news anchors.
Streit joined Heritage in February 2006, after working for the House Committee on Resources as deputy communications director. He served as spokesman for the committee’s chairman and developed communications plans for its policy issues. He collaborated with senior staff to promote conservative energy policies that would encourage economic growth and environmental stewardship.
In other communications roles for the House committee over three years, Streit wrote press releases, commentaries and other opinion pieces and pitched stories to broadcast outlets.
A native of Wooster, Ohio, Streit received a bachelor's degree in political science in 2001 from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He also holds a bachelor's degree in theology.
Streit currently resides in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood with his wife, Amber, and their son Deacon.