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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  • VIDEO: High school bat boy with Down syndrome has hit of the game

    WOOSTER, Ohio — A Wooster High School student with special needs stole the show at Monday night’s varsity baseball game against Revere. Joey McGhee,17, and his infectious smile are no stranger to the baseball field. He’s the team’s bat boy this season. “The response when Joey walks in the dugout is, it’s like a celebrity has just walked in the building,” Wooster head baseball coach and teacher Steve Young said. Young said he wanted to do something special for Joey, […]

  • Lorain woman says cell phone exploded in her pocket: ‘I could be dead’

    LORAIN, Ohio – A Lorain woman said a Samsung Gusto 3 cell phone exploded in her pocket Saturday, and the company is now planning to investigate the incident. Dorthiea Preston, 72, said she was sitting in her apartment when the phone exploded, melting holes in her pants. “It was a real loud bang. I mean loud,” she said. “I was terrified; I mean I was hoping I wasn’t going to catch on fire.” Preston, who’s handicapped, said smoke filled her […]

  • Family and friends to pay tribute to Robert Godwin, Sr. Saturday

    EUCLID, Ohio — The family of Robert Godwin Sr. will be saying their final goodbyes to a man they say was kind, gentle, and taught them the importance of forgiveness. “He didn’t deserve this, he was such a wonderful, caring person,” said Tonya R. Godwin- Baines, one of Godwin’s 10 children.  “But he always taught us about God. He taught us we have to forgive . So we forgive Mr. Stephens. ” Godwin was shot to death Sunday after an Easter celebration […]

  • ‘This was premeditated:’ City leaders, family react to couple murdered at Cleveland car dealership

    CLEVELAND–  There is a reward for information leading to the killers who shot a beloved couple inside their Cleveland used car dealership, as relatives and the community mourn their deaths. Mike and Trina Kuznik, along with their dog, were found dead inside Mr. Cars, Inc. on East 185th Street just after 10 p.m. Friday. Police said the couple’s 19-year-old son made the gruesome discovery after they never came home with dinner as planned. Items were missing from the business’s office and at […]

  • Reward offered in killings of couple at Cleveland car dealership

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– A reward which is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for killing the owners of Mr. Car Sales Dealership now stands at $7,500. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced a $5,000 reward Wednesday morning for information leading to the capture and prosecution of suspects in this case. Crime Stoppers is offering $2,500. Michael and Trina Tomola Kuznik were found dead by their 19-year-old son inside the dealership on East 185th Street Friday night. […]

  • Family builds new life in Cleveland after witnessing the horror of carnage in Syria

    CLEVELAND – Ahmed Hasan Aliabbi came to Cleveland in November to build a new life. With his wife and four children, he escaped bombings in Aleppo, Syria with just the clothing on their backs. The horror of the carnage they witnessed is still raw. “It was very frightening that night. I saw the bodies of adults and children like body parts all over the place,” Aliabbi said through an interpreter. “It was something that, it’s so hard for me to […]

  • Lawmakers react to air strikes against Syrian base

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senators from Ohio have issued statements after the U.S. conducted air strikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week. **See a timeline of events leading up to Thursday’s airstrikes** On President Donald Trump’s orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase that was home […]

  • Marsy’s Law for Ohio: A push to protect the rights of crime victims

    AKRON, Ohio — Her face scarred, Ronda Blankenship is pushing for a constitutional amendment to protect Ohio crime victims after a nightmare crime turned into a nightmare in court. “I don’t want any victims or survivors to go through what I went through,” Blankenship said. Blankenship’s boyfriend and his two children were killed during a 2013 robbery at her Barberton home. Blankenship survived being stabbed in the face and shot in the head. As suspects Eric and Michael Hendon faced […]

  • Pre-season checkup: inspectors testing rides at Cedar Point

    SANDUSKY, Ohio – Before Cedar Point opens on May 6th, state ride inspectors are checking each of the park’s 70 rides to make sure they’re safe to operate. Inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture have been at the park for the past three weeks, checking the rides from the ground up. It’s part of annual pre-season inspection. Tuesday, those inspectors showed media how they check everything including the ride’s foundation, bolts, passenger trains and seat belts. Dummies filled with […]

  • Kent police post startling warning about public restroom drug use

    KENT, Ohio – Kent police have posted a graphic warning about the very real dangers of public drug use. In a Facebook post, they tell how an officer was called out to a gas station for reports of a suspicious person. The officer found that person ingesting what was suspected to be heroin or Fentanyl in one of the station’s restroom stalls. A police report states “there was an uncapped needle, spoon with a cotton ball, and two bindles on the baby […]

  • Family of murdered Cleveland teen pushes for new state law

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fighting for the implementation of an “Alianna Alert,” the family of a murdered Cleveland teen asked state lawmakers to pass a law requiring schools to take action if a student is absent. The parents of Alianna DeFreeze addressed members of the Senate Education Committee Wednesday, calling for a consistent statewide absence notification policy. “How many moms will have to wait 10 hours to find out if their child is at school or not?” asked Alianna’s mother, Donnesha […]

  • WATCH: Surprise Marine homecoming as local school pays tribute to those in uniform

    NEWBURY, Ohio– A Geauga County school paid tribute to those in uniform serving the community and country, including with a surprise homecoming by a U.S. Marine. St. Helen Catholic School honored first responders and those in the military Tuesday. “We felt it was important to honor those in our community who serve our country, to keep us safe, to be first responders in case of any needs and troubles we have here,” said Sr. Margaret Hartman, principal of St. Helen […]