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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  • Partial skeletal remains found in Elyria during search for missing woman

    ELYRIA, Ohio– Investigators located partial skeletal remains in their search for missing Middleburg Heights woman Tierra Bryant, the Lorain County Coroner’s Office said. The Cleveland Division of the FBI, Middleburg Heights police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office were in a wooded area near Mussey Avenue in Elyria Thursday morning. The coroner’s office said they do not have a complete body yet and cannot tell if the remains are male or female. DNA testing will be needed to determine the […]

  • APL investigating after video shows carriage horse falling in downtown Cleveland

    (Warning: the images in this story may be disturbing to some people)   CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Animal Protective League is investigating after video and photos of a carriage horse falling on a downtown Cleveland street Saturday were shared on social media. Cleveland Animal Protective League Executive Director Sharon Harvey said the humane organization received numerous complaints from people who saw photos and video of the horse, who is named Fredo.  They showed the animal collapsing and sliding down Main Avenue, […]

  • Stage is set! Transforming Progressive Field from ballpark into concert venue

    CLEVELAND– The stage is set for a pair of big weekend concerts at Progressive Field. Despite thousands of fans and heavy equipment on the turf, the Indians said the team expects the impact to be minimal. Setup for the Billy Joel concert Friday and Luke Bryan concert Saturday began early in the week with setup of a massive stage in left field. Some of the 8,000 field seats were put in place Thursday. “If you’re honest with yourself, you’re always […]

  • Billy Joel crew member has special connection to Cleveland Indians

    CLEVELAND — Outfielder Larry Doby was the first African-American to play in the American League when he joined the Indians in 1947, months after Jackie Robinson joined the National League. Seventy years later, another Doby will be at center field at the Tribe’s ballpark. Larry Doby, Jr. has been a rigger on Billy Joel’s crew for the last 22 years and is among the crew members working to turn Progressive Field into a concert venue for Joel’s sold out show […]

  • Students with special needs shine during horse show

    CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Smiling brightly, eight year-old Sydney Corcoran is making strides that once seemed impossible. “Without riding, we don’t know where she would be right now,” said her mother, Jessie Corcoran. Her family said that as a toddler, Sydney developed Ataxia and her muscle control was affected following an adverse reaction the chicken pox vaccine. She struggled with movement and balance. “When she was two years old, we really had no idea what the outcome of her physical […]

  • Wooster High School bat boy gets special treatment at Tribe game

    CLEVELAND – Wooster High School varsity baseball bat boy Joey McGhee got special treatment at Saturday’s Indians game against the Detroit Tigers. Joey McGhee has an awesome story. We made it just a little more awesome today, on his bday. Please read this one: — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 8, 2017 In April, Fox 8 News reported on Joey’s big hit when his coach put him in for a game. The avid sports fan, who has Down syndrome, […]

  • 40 car windows shot out in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND– About 40 car windows were shattered along two streets on Cleveland’s west side. It happened early Thursday morning on West 52nd Street and West 54th Street, between Lorain and Detroit avenues; and also on West 61st between Clark and Storer. It appeared the windows had been shot out. Witnesses on West 52nd Street told Cleveland police they saw a man standing in the sunroof of a white SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, shooting a BB gun. The Cleveland Division […]

  • Kayakers thought missing prompt Coast Guard search

    LORAIN, Ohio – The U.S. Coast Guard is warning about a spike in fake calls after an overnight search for kayakers thought to be missing in Lorain turned out to be yet another false alarm. A pair of kayakers did not return their rentals to Grump’s Bait Bucket on the Black River and couldn’t be found. After searching for the kayakers unsuccessfully, owner Bob Fowler called the U.S. Coast Guard, which searched for more than six hours until the kayaks […]

  • Woman calls living in Lake Erie lighthouse ‘a bit like being a pioneer’

    PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Like boats near the shore, the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse caught Sheila Consaul’s attention. “I heard the government was auctioning off lighthouses and I thought that would make a terrific summer house,” Consaul said. Hoping to find a seasonal escape from work life in Washington D.C., she bought the 92-year-old lighthouse for $71,000 in 2011. Since then, she’s been renovating to make it livable for the first time since a lighthouse keeper last lived here […]

  • Parma Heights murders: Police say suspect, victim became pen pals in prison

    PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — A man has been charged in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a Parma Heights home last month. Thomas Knuff has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Court records state he stabbed John Mann and Regina Capobianco, a mother-of-three, multiple times on May 11. At a press conference Monday morning, authorities said Knuff and Capobianco became pen pals as they were both serving time behind bars. Police believe Mann and Capobianco […]

  • U2, other concerts expected to bring $1 million to Cleveland

    CLEVELAND– Big concerts in downtown Cleveland during the Fourth of July holiday weekend are expected to have a million-dollar economic impact as crowds flock to the city. About 12,000 people are expected to attend the free Star-Spangled Spectacular concert by the Cleveland Orchestra, followed by fireworks Friday night. Food trucks will be on hand at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, New Kids on the Block will be performing at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night, along with […]

  • Man accused in woman’s murder held on $1 million bond as new details released

    BEREA, Ohio – The man suspected of killing Tierra Bryant appeared in court on a murder charge, as authorities continued to search for Bryant’s remains. Rashad Hunt, 39, appeared in Berea Municipal Court Tuesday via video from the Middleburg Heights jail. A judge set his bond at $1 million cash surety. According to detectives who filed a criminal complaint, Hunt killed Bryant, 19, in a hotel room on or about March 30, 2015. Hunt was with investigators searching a wooded […]