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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  • More cats removed from home of Garfield Heights cat hoarder

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – A Garfield Heights cat hoarder cited multiple times for cruelty to animals was found guilty Tuesday of violating a court order banning her from having cats. Garfield Heights Animal Warden Bonnie Hackett and an animal advocacy group returned to the Rockwood Avenue property of Kim Sanducci Tuesday to remove several cats and kittens from the overgrown yard and porch. “It’s the cats that are really suffering. They’re being fed, but they’re not getting the care that […]

  • Quicken Loans Arena officially closed for summer

    CLEVELAND – Quicken Loans Arena has officially closed for the summer to allow for more extensive work on renovations. The Shania Twain concert Saturday marked the final event at the arena until The Q reopens in the fall for the Cavs regular season. The regular event schedule will also resume, beginning with the Justin Timberlake concert on October 2nd. Next week, crews will permanently demolish the bridge connecting the JACK Casino parking garage with the Q, closing Huron Road for […]

  • Akron-Canton Airport reaches agreement to charge fee to Uber and Lyft users

    GREEN, Ohio — The Akron-Canton Airport has reached an agreement with Uber and Lyft to charge riders a flat fee for pick-ups at the airport. The agreement comes after FOX 8 News first reported the airport’s plans to require ride share drivers to buy a $400 annual permit to wait on property. Akron-Canton Airport officials said Friday that Uber and Lyft have agreed to instead add a $2.10 charge directly to the fares of customers using on-site ride-share services. Drop-offs […]

  • Parma Heights red light and speed cameras back in operation

    PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – More red light and speed cameras are returning to Northeast Ohio, with Parma Heights among the communities now turning the controversial cameras back on. As of June 1, the cameras at the intersection of Pearl Road and Stumph Road-York Road were put back in operation for a month-long grace period. Violators will be cited beginning July 1. “I’m not happy about it,” Parma Heights resident Jennifer Galletti said. “I just feel like there should be a […]

  • Port Clinton declares state of emergency due to widespread flooding

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio — The city of Port Clinton has declared a state of emergency and is asking residents to limit travel and use caution due to widespread flooding. About four inches of rain fell overnight, flooding buildings and causing the city to close about 14 roads. Magruder Hospital experienced flooding on its main floor, affecting its main lobby, gift shop, HR and radiology hallway, which were closed to patients, visitors and employees. The hospital said no patient care areas […]

  • Video shows suspect in mask point gun at Goodwill employee during robbery

    TALLMADGE, Ohio — Police in Tallmadge are looking for suspects who are accused of robbing a Goodwill store in the Midway Plaza. Surveillance video shows two suspects in masks enter the store on June 1 at around 9:30 p.m., about a half hour after closing. Video then shows one of the suspects point a gun at an employee. Police say the suspect demands money; once money is handed over to him, he and the other suspect take off. No one […]

  • Akron Rubber Bowl set for emergency demolition

    AKRON, Ohio- Work is underway to prepare the iconic Rubber Bowl for emergency demolition, set to begin next week. The City of Akron said the dilapidated football stadium poses a safety threat. Now a far cry from its glory days, the stadium was condemned last year due to safety hazards and is littered with debris and plagued by vandalism. Built in 1940, the Rubber Bowl served as the home field of the Akron Zips football team until 2008, when the […]

  • Cavs return to NBA Finals expected to bring big business to downtown Cleveland

    CLEVELAND — As the Cavs prepare to take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, downtown businesses are expecting a big win regardless of what happens on the court. A study by the Cavs after the 2016 Championship season found each home playoff game contributes an economic impact of about $3.6 million in the city, according to Emily Lauer, Senior Director of Public Relations for Destination Cleveland. With Cleveland hosting up to three […]

  • Call logs reveal new details as family releases statement describing Westlake man who was killed by deputy

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The family of the Westlake man shot and killed by a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Deputy on Interstate 90 has released a statement, saying his behavior Thursday night was “completely out of character.” The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as Brett Luengo, 33, of Westlake. His family’s full statement is: “While continuing to struggle with his sudden passing on May 24th, the family of Brett Luengo wishes to extend its gratitude to the good […]

  • Indians seek $8 million from county for Progressive Field upgrades

    CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians are seeking $8 million from Cuyahoga County for upgrades to the club section and executive offices at Progressive Field. The county is obligated to fund major capital repairs under its lease with the team, which said the updates are needed to keep the ballpark, which opened in 1994, competitive with others around the country. “It’s all about knowing we want to stay at this spot at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario for many, many […]

  • ‘I think that’s cold hearted’: Lorain police ask for tips after woman hurt in hit-skip

    LORAIN, Ohio– The Lorain Police Department is asking for information following a hit-and-run crash. It happened at East 31st Street and Vine Avenue at about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the suspect vehicle was chasing another car just before the crash. Victim Carmen Gonzalez said she had just dropped off her grandson nearby when her SUV was hit. “What went through my mind was, ‘Oh my God. I’m dead,’” she said. “I was shaking. At the moment that happened, I […]

  • On the set of “I See You,” Helen Hunt movie filming in Northeast Ohio

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio– The filming of the horror thriller “I See You” is bringing big name talent to Northeast Ohio, including Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, and it’s being produced by a local native. A lakefront home on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood is serving as the Harper household, home to the lead investigator in a child abduction case, his wife and their son, whose lives are thrown into disarray amid the investigation. The area around the home, along with Chagrin Falls […]