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UNC-Chapel Hill, Bachelor's degree in journalism, a minor in history, and a concentration in science, 1992

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Matthew Eisley

Manager of Strategic Communication
  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.838.2036
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Matthew Eisley joined Smith Anderson in 2010 after a 22-year career in journalism. In his role as Manager of Strategic Communication, Matthew works with Smith Anderson's Government Relations  team and other lawyers to advance the interests of the Firm's clients. He also assists with client development. And he counsels the Firm's lawyers and clients on communication strategy, news media relations and crisis management.

Before joining Smith Anderson, Matthew was most recently a News & Observer editor and columnist.

Matthew, a North Carolina native who also grew up in Georgia, is married to Laura Marino Riddick, Wake County's Register of Deeds. They have a daughter, Elizabeth Riddick.

Honors & Awards

  • Won three consecutive Media & The Law awards from the N.C. Bar Association and the N.C. Press Association for coverage of legal issues
  • Won two N.C. Press Association Freedom of Information awards
  • Knight-Wallace Journalism Law Fellow at The University of Michigan in 2001-2002, where he studied judicial philosophy