Matt is the weekend anchor and managing editor for WVIR’s #1 weekend newscasts at 6, 10, and 11. His leadership on air and behind the scenes has helped ratings surge since taking over weekend duties in 2006. Over the years, Matt has earned several Virginia AP Awards for his anchoring and reporting. Audiences have also voted Matt “Favorite TV Newscaster”.
Matt arrived at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA as a morning show live reporter in 2005, covering everything from the local filming of “Evan Almighty” to the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Matt was among the first out-of-market TV crews to arrive at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, and he worked around the clock for three days to cover the tragedy and reaction from around the state.
Matt’s passion for storytelling started in middle school when he lobbied teachers to start a newspaper club, and that thirst to seek out and tell the best stories while leading a newsroom continues to grow.
Matt grew up in central Pennsylvania in a household where the TV was always turned on to news from Washington, Baltimore, and Harrisburg. He pursued his love of journalism to the University of Missouri where he graduated with a Bachelors of Journalism in 2005. During his time in Missouri, Matt reported and anchored at KOMU-TV. His "Target 8" investigative reports earned him several regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas City Press Club. Matt's reporting also received national honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the distinguished William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Matt also spent summers interning at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD and was even allowed as a student to shoot, write, and edit stories that aired on the NBC affiliate.
When Matt’s not searching for the next great story, you can find him exploring the area where he lives. He enjoys hiking, running (but never on a treadmill), and any outdoor activity. His time living in Virginia’s wine country has allowed Matt the opportunity to study wine production by helping out with grape harvests to learning the science that goes into wine-making. An admitted terrible cook, Matt loves trying new restaurants. You’ll also find him cheering on his Mizzou Tigers during football season!