Michael Thomas Kelly (March 17, 1957-April 3, 2003) was an American journalist, a columnist for The Washington Post, and an editor at The New Republic, National Journal, and The Atlantic. He came to prominence via his reporting on the first Gulf War, but suffered professional embarrassment for his role in the Stephen Glass scandal at The New Republic. He died in 2003 while covering the invasion of Iraq. Kelly reported on the Persian Gulf War in 1991 for The New Republic; this served as the basis for his book Martyrs' Day: Chronicles of a Small War (1993). The book received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction in 1994.