Matt Wright joined Fox 8 News in 2014 and has covered the biggest stories in Northeast Ohio.

Matt led breaking coverage of the terror attack at Ohio State and several deadly plane crashes, reported live amid protests over controversial police shootings, and captured the city’s excitement as the Cavaliers won an NBA championship. His reporting has taken him to Chicago during the Indians World Series run and to Buffalo to cover a record snowfall.

Matt reported live from the 2016 Republican National Convention and from presidential campaign stops in Northeast Ohio throughout the election season.

Prior to returning home to Cleveland, Matt was a reporter and fill-in anchor with NBC2 and ABC7 in Fort Myers, Florida. There, he covered courts and the justice system, as well as Florida politics, setting the record straight in “truth tests” of political advertisements. His investigations exposed government spending of taxpayer money on expensive furniture items, revealed a rise in teen use of the drug “Molly,” and his undercover reporting showed illegal activities at an off road mud park.

Matt also worked at WTOL-TV in Toledo, where he uncovered fraud and worked for viewers as the station’s consumer investigative reporter. He later led the station’s coverage of crime and courts.

Previously, Matt reported for WETM in Elmira, New York. He spent nearly six weeks in China as a prime time and late night intern with NBC Olympics during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Matt was honored as finalist for “Best Individual Achievement” by the Florida Associated Press. His reporting has been nominated for three regional Emmy awards, including one for a series of reports about a fire department’s delayed response and a man’s subsequent death that led to change in a local city’s procedure. His work has also been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the New York State Associated Press.

Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca College, which he attended on a full academic scholarship. Matt majored in Journalism, with minors in Business and Politics. He practiced Spanish during a semester abroad, living with a family in Barcelona, Spain.

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Recent Articles
  • Police seeking suspects in string of Wellington arsons

    WELLINGTON, Ohio – Three weekend fires, including a massive blaze that destroyed a historic building that housed a former bird seed factory, have been ruled arson by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting the fires, which bring the total number of unsolved suspicious fires in Wellington since December to 6. The factory fire, on Depot Street near North Main Street, was […]

  • Tickets selling fast as Tribe fever spreads

    CLEVELAND – Tickets are selling at a feverish pace for games through the weekend as the Indians continue their winning streak and close in on clinching a spot in the playoffs. By noon Thursday, about 29,000 tickets were sold for Thursday’s game, 30,000 for Friday, 29,000 for Saturday and 26,000 for Sunday. The Cleveland Indians are opening the gates at 5 p.m. as they go for 22 straight wins. All gates open at 5pm today – get here early to […]

  • Ohio Lottery to soon accept credit cards at self-service vending machines

    CLEVELAND– The Ohio Lottery will soon begin accepting cashless payments at its self-service vending machines as it moves toward accepting credit, debit and e-wallet payments for all lottery purchases. Last week, technicians began retrofitting 6,000 self-service machines at retailers statewide. They will accept cash and non-cash payments beginning October 29, according to an Ohio Lottery spokesperson. “It’s a changing consumer trend. More and more consumers aren’t carrying cash,” Ohio Lottery Communications Director Danielle Frizzi-Babb said. “It’s really a way of […]

  • From Harvey to Irma: Ohio Army National Guardsmen leave to help more victims

    GREEN, Ohio — More than a dozen local Ohio Army National Guardsmen are deploying to help in areas hit by Hurricane Irma, just days after some of them returned from Texas where they participated in the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Fourteen soldiers in two Chinook helicopters departed from the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Akron -Canton Airport Monday afternoon. They planned to travel to Columbia, South Carolina before continuing on to Florida as weather conditions allowed. “We’re basically flying […]

  • Ohio National Guard soldiers return home after responding to Hurricane Harvey

    ​GREEN, Ohio– After responding to Texas to help in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, more than a dozen Ohio National Guard soldiers returned home Friday night. The soldiers spent more than a week in Texas after parts of the state dealt with catastrophic flooding from the hurricane. The 14 crew members and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment arrived at the Ohio Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Green. The guardsmen delivered food […]

  • Hundreds rally in Cleveland to support DACA

    CLEVELAND– Bearing signs and lighting candles, hundreds rallied in Market Square Park in Ohio City to support undocumented immigrants whose futures are now in flux. It comes after the Trump administration announced Tuesday that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. “This program has allowed us to work, allowed us to drive legally and we`re contributing and paying taxes,” said Jose Mendez, DACA recipient and Cleveland Director of DreamActivist Ohio. Enacted by President Barack Obama in […]

  • Cavs all in again on Quicken Loans Arena transformation project

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are ‘all in’ again on the Quicken Loans Arena transformation project. The Cavs and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski released the following statement on Wednesday: “We are excited to confirm our renewed capital commitment of over $70 million to help renovate and transform Quicken Loans Arena – a tremendous publicly-owned asset for our community. At the same time, we’re very pleased to extend the Cavaliers lease with our landlord, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, for […]

  • Installation mass for Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez

    ​CLEVELAND, Ohio–  This marked a big day for hundreds of thousands of Catholics in Northeast Ohio. Bishop Nelson Perez  became the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland this afternoon. Hundreds of religious leaders from across the country gathered for the installation of Bishop Perez. It began with a procession at 1:30 p.m., and was followed by mass. A Vespers  prayer service was held Monday night at St. John’s Cathedral. Today marked the official reception of Bishop Perez. It was […]

  • Fairview Park police warn of bold daytime break-ins

    FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio– Police warned of bold daytime home break-ins in west side suburbs, and in some cases the crooks have returned to steal the victims’ vehicles. The McNeeley Family remained on edge after burglars broke into their home on Concord Drive in Fairview Park on August 24. Sean McNeeley said they snuck in through the back door then stole electronics including televisions and laptops with family photos. “Disbelief, anger,” said Sean McNeeley. “They destroyed our house, rifled through everything, […]

  • Petitions withdrawn: Deal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena could be back on

    ​ CLEVELAND– The deal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena could be back on, after a group that led the drive for a referendum on the ballot withdrew its petitions. City Clerk Patricia Britt confirmed that Greater Cleveland Congregations officially withdrew the petitions Thursday afternoon. Four of five members of a petition committee submitted a letter to the clerk’s office withdrawing the petition. GCC said in a press release that it agreed to withdraw petitions challenging the deal after a commitment […]

  • No charges for officer in deadly Strongsville police chase, shooting

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio– The Strongsville police officer who fatally shot a man after a high-speed police chase on Interstate 71 in March will not face criminal charges. Medina County Prosecutor Forrest Thompson said a grand jury returned a no bill indictment Tuesday, meaning Officer Jason Miller will not face charges and the case is closed. Thompson said he presented a comprehensive case to the grand jury after an investigation by Ohio BCI was completed. Investigators said Roy Evans, Jr., 37, was […]

  • Construction begins on luxury apartments on 9th Street Pier

    CLEVELAND – New lakefront living is coming to downtown Cleveland. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Tuesday for Harbor Verandas on the 9th Street Pier, at the site of a former skate park just north of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The $12 million, 3-story development will include 16 upscale apartments as well as office, retail and restaurant space. The 20,000 square foot project is expected to be completed in July, 2018 and will be surrounded by 40-foot boardwalk, […]