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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  • Summit County school district says problem of drivers ignoring bus signals is getting worse

    COVENTRY TWP., Ohio – A Summit County school district says it’s seeing an increase in drivers ignoring school bus stop signals, potentially putting kids at risk. FOX 8 News was riding along on a Coventry Local School District bus on South Main Street in Coventry Township Friday afternoon as drivers blew past the activated stop sign and flashing lights. Bus driver Jeff Jagger, who has been driving school buses for a decade, said the problem is getting worse. “People run […]

  • Come aboard an icebreaker on Lake Erie

    LAKE ERIE – FOX 8 News had an exclusive tour aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Neah Bay icebreaker as it chopped through ice on Lake Erie from Cleveland to Toledo. The 140′ cutter escorted the iron ore freighter American Spirit nearly 100 miles Thursday, including through Canadian waters north of Pelee Island. The Neah Bay, which departed from the U.S. Coast Guard station in Cleveland, has completed around 30 vessel escorts so far this month to keep commerce flowing on […]

  • Sailboat frozen in ice in Fairport Harbor

    FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio – A 20-foot-long sailboat is stuck in ice in Fairport Harbor. The “Saint Nicholas” is frozen in place hundreds of yards from shore, just north of U.S. Coast Guard Station Fairport. The U.S. Coast Guard said the red sailboat boat broke free from its moorings at a marina along the Grand River, and floated into Lake Erie during last week’s thaw. The lake then refroze, trapping the boat in ice. Petty Officer First Class Christopher Jones said […]

  • Ice shove creates mountains along Lake Erie shore

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio– An apparent ice shove along the Lake Erie shoreline created mountains of thick ice piled more than 30 feet high. The piles of foot-thick ice chunks drew dozens of families to the shoreline along West Lakeshore Drive, where kids risked climbing the slippery mountains to take pictures. The ice mountains extended along the shoreline for about a quarter mile. “I’m a little nervous, but they’re real cautious. The ice is super thick,” said Mike Zwissler, of Avon […]

  • Side streets remain snow-covered as Cleveland digs out

    CLEVELAND – People across Northeast Ohio are digging out from a widespread winter storm, as side streets remained snow-covered in parts of Cleveland. Parts of the area saw additional snowfall and accumulation as a lake effect squall moved from west to east across greater Cleveland Saturday morning, covering roads that were already cleared by crews after Friday’s storm. “Today’s probably the worst so far,” Mike Ryan, of Cleveland, said of road conditions. “Last night I was out a little bit, […]

  • Driver sentenced for wrong-way crash that killed college student

    CLEVELAND– The man who killed a 20-year-old Cleveland woman in a wrong-way crash was sentenced Thursday afternoon. A Cuyahoga County jury convicted Mark Rafter, 50, of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault and aggravated vehicular homicide on Wednesday in the death of Kayla Coates. Judge Dick Ambrose sentenced Rafter to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years. Coates’ grandmothers and best friend addressed the court on Thursday. They described her as a sweet, funny young woman. Julie […]

  • Hospitals facing critical shortage in IV bags

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — As local hospitals experience a surge in flu patients, they’re facing a critical shortage in IV fluid bags used to deliver medications and hydrate patients. “It’s a huge impact, and this is a national impact. This is impacting every hospital across the country,” said Cleveland Clinic Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Knoer. “Every patient in every hospital gets IVs, so this has a potential impact for everyone.” While it hasn’t yet affected patient care, Knoer said pharmacy technicians […]

  • Cleveland homeowner wants guardrails installed after third crash into home

    CLEVELAND – A Cleveland homeowner is pleading for the city to install guardrails in front of his Ashbury Avenue home after a vehicle crashed into it overnight for the third time in as many years. Alvin McClanahan said he and his wife were jolted awake when an SUV plowed into his front porch around 3:30 a.m. Monday. The stolen vehicle slid through the icy intersection of Ashbury Avenue and East 110th Street, according to investigators. McClanahan said he saw the […]

  • Customer complaints rise amid slow propane delivery

    COLUMBIA STATION – Amid frigid temperatures, some local propane customers said they fear losing heat because of slow response by their propane company to refill emptying fuel tanks. Medina-based Thrifty Propane, which has about 50,000 customers in nine states, said it’s delivering within the terms and conditions to which customers have agreed. Customer Neil Coffin, of Columbia Station, said the company refilled his tank Thursday, two weeks after he first called to request a delivery. “I’d call and then I’d […]

  • Cold weather blamed for trash collection delays

    BARBERTON, Ohio – Cold weather is being partially blamed for long delays in trash collection, prompting frustration among Barberton residents. Trash bins overflowed on some streets where residents said they waited more than two weeks between collection, far longer than a standard one-day delay due to a holiday. Several people said they placed calls to trash collection company Republic Services as well as the office of Mayor William Judge, but the delays continued. “With the holidays you have people over, […]

  • Stolen South Euclid-Lyndhurst school bus found in snow, mud 20 miles away

    LYNDHURST, Ohio– Police are investigating after a South Euclid-Lyndhurst school bus was stolen from the bus garage and dumped about 20 miles away in Geauga County. The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to Leader Road in Hambden Township around 10 a.m. on Dec. 23 after a neighbor reported seeing the bus in a field at the rear of Leader’s Mobile Home Park. A police report stated bus No. 20 was buried up to its axles in snow and mud, and […]

  • Driver sentenced for hitting group of cyclists in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND – A driver who plowed into a group of bicyclists on Cleveland’s east side apologized to the victims before being sentenced to more than a year in prison. Rondell Dungy, 27, admitted to being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the June 3 crash on St. Clair Avenue near East 108th Street. Crime scene photos released after Wednesday’s sentencing hearing showed mangled bicycles and damage to the front corner and windshield of the vehicle Dungy was […]