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Biography

Twenty years ago, Matthew Lesko was working out of his bedroom with one phone line helping Fortune 500 companies get information on commodities - until Lesko got bored.

Today, Mathew Lesko is a best-selling author, appears regularly on network television shows and travels the country appearing on virtually every newscast in the top 100 markets. Mathew's stage antics, as well as his sound consumer advice has made Lesko a favorite guest on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jay Leno, Letterman and The Today Show.

Lesko's wardrobe is as much a part of his appeal as his frantic message - colorful clothes, like his suit covered with neon question marks, his mismatched bright socks, wild bow ties and a seemingly inexhaustible collection of eyeglasses in every color of the rainbow. Lesko even drives the only Lexus with yellow polka dots. Matthew loves his work.

Matthew Lesko has published over 70 books showing everyday people how to get free services and products from the federal government. Lesko has had two New York Times best-sellers and two national best sellers, Getting Yours and Information USA. In addition, Lesko has twice received the prestigious "Best Reference Book of the Year" award from the American Library Association and has written syndicated consumer columns for Good Housekeeping, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune.

Matthew Lesko's company, Information USA, publishes massive reference books Lesko's Info Power III and Free Money to Change Your Life as well as popular consumer books: Free Stuff for Seniors, Gobs and Gobs of Free Stuff, Free Health Care, Free Legal Help and Info-Fobia.

When Lesko isn't on the road, he lives in Kensington, Md. with his wife Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, an author and lecturer, and their two sons, Max and Morgan. Matthew's own boyhood was spent in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Lesko received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, then Matthew went to VietNam as a navigator for the U.S. Navy. When Lesko returned he earned a master's degree in computer science from American University in Washington D.C., then Matthew started his first business as a management consultant helping Fortune 500 companies uncover information. One day Lesko had an idea: why not publish the names and numbers of federal programs that offer free and low cost services and money programs for taxpayers. Writing his first book Getting Yours was a national best seller and today, Matthew Lesko publishes six or more books each year.