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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  • Brazen Tremont armed robbery caught on camera

    TREMONT- Police are searching for two gunmen who robbed a Tremont resident as he arrived home from work early Tuesday morning. The robbery happened around 12:10 a.m. in the intersection of West 10th Street and Thurman Avenue. Surveillance video from nearby Fat Cats restaurant showed two suspects in black hoodies with bandannas over their faces pointing guns at the 30 year-old victim as he walked from his car toward his apartment building, according to police. A police report states the suspects […]

  • Proposed Ohio law would change requirements for cosmetologists

    CLEVELAND — Inside salons, talk over new haircuts has shifted to talk of new rules to get a cosmetology license in Ohio. Among other changes to training and education, Ohio House Bill 189 would reduce the number of instruction hours required for a cosmetology license from 1,500 at private schools, 1,125 at career technical schools, to 1,000 hours. The bill also would create a new apprenticeship program that could save students tuition money at cosmetology schools by allowing them to […]

  • Inside Ivanka Trump’s visit to Northeast Ohio

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – President Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump was in Rocky River Friday touting the GOP tax plan and its effect on the economy. The invite-only small business town hall took place at the Rocky River Senior Center, with a few friendly questions preselected from the crowd of about 300. “These are very important and thoughtful reforms targeted at making sure American workers and families can thrive,” Trump said. Other panelists included U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, Sen. […]

  • Akron residents displaced by flooding they say was worsened by city project

    AKRON, Ohio — Akron residents were forced out of their homes by flooding that has plagued their neighborhood. The City of Akron notes the area near West Linwood Avenue and Hackberry Street is low-lying and has been historically prone to flooding, but residents said the problem worsened dramatically following the city’s Wilbeth Wetlands project. Brigette Sasz still had several inches of water in her basement, three days after Sunday’s storms caused the latest flooding problem. Her utilities had to be […]

  • Waves damage road, leave debris in Marblehead

    MARBLEHEAD, Ohio – Cleanup continues after waves from Sunday’s storms pushed debris ashore and washed out portions of East Bayshore Road in Marblehead. The road reopened to traffic after ODOT crews cleared away rocks and logs. “A war zone, just unbelievable,” said Amy Fuller, property manager of Lake Point Motel. Its front yard was covered in stones that were pushed ashore. “Most the beach ended up in our yard or our neighbor’s yard or the road. It was quite a […]

  • Downburst damage closes Twinsburg Amazon Fulfillment Center

    TWINSBURG, Ohio  – The National Weather Service reports a downburst with 70 miles per hour winds caused damage to the roof of the Twinsburg Amazon Fulfillment Center Sunday, where two employees were injured. Amazon said the Independence Parkway facility remained closed Monday, with workers told to stay home as the company assessed the damage and planned for repairs. The 25 yard-wide downburst occurred just after 6:30 p.m., as employees were reporting for their shift at the warehouse. Workers said they […]

  • Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues unveil new Hall of Fame floor at Rock Hall

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– On the eve of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bon Jovi and The Moody Blues unveiled a plaque bearing the signatures of this year’s inductees. “For us in The Moodys, we knew once they opened that door for the first time for our fans to vote for us to be in this wonderful place, it was like a steamroller baby. We were gonna get in,” Justin Hayward, of The Moody Blues, said. Jon […]

  • Willowick police launching app for students to report possible threats, other problems

    WILLOWICK, Ohio – The Willowick Police Department is planning to begin using a new cell phone app for students to report possible threats and other problems by text message. After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, police started exploring ways to encourage young people to share their concerns with law enforcement. Since most students have cell phones, Sgt. Bruce LaForge turned to an app developer to open the lines of communication with students at Willowick Middle School. “Anything that’s indicative […]

  • Summa Health ending Nordonia Hills Schools sponsorship

    MACEDONIA, Ohio – Summa Health is ending a sponsorship agreement with the Nordonia Hills City Schools that granted it naming rights and signage at school facilities, including its high school athletic complex. Nordonia Hills Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark said the decision comes three years into a nine-year, $495,000 contract, at a point when it allowed either party to withdraw. Clark said the district will now lose the remaining total of $330,000, which would have been used to renovate an auditorium, […]

  • Warrensville Heights High School student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

    WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Warrensville Heights High School student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. District officials said the 11th grade student has been out of class since Wednesday and remained hospitalized, but has been transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit. The district says it is hopeful for a full recovery. The diagnosis was first reported as viral in a press release issued by the Warrensville Heights City School District Board of Education. A statement is also posted on […]

  • Ban smoking in city parks? Proposal being discussed in Sandusky

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — The Sandusky City Commission is weighing a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all city parks. At a City Commission meeting Monday, commissioners voted five to two to advance the ordinance to a second reading, including an added amendment to create a tobacco and vape-free environment not only in parks, but also in piers, plazas and bike paths. Under the proposal, those who light up in city parks would be subject to a minor misdemeanor. It […]

  • Akron equips ambulances with ballistic vests and helmets

    AKRON, Ohio– Akron firefighters and paramedics have a new tool when responding to dangerous situations, after all ambulances were equipped with ballistic vests and helmets. Thursday, crews loaded all 14 ambulance units with four sets each of helmets and the same type of vests worn by police officers they respond alongside. The gear cost the City of Akron about $59,000. $29,000 was paid for by a grant from Northern Ohio Golf Charities and the rest was paid for with funds […]