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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Recent Articles
  • Getting Quicken Loans Arena all dressed up for the NBA Finals

    CLEVELAND– Preparations are underway to get Quicken Loans Arena dressed up for the Finals once again, and it is boosting business far beyond downtown. At Inflatable Images in Brunswick, the Finals have added tens of thousands of dollars in business. “Number one, obviously it adds to our bottom line, but in addition to that it gives us that credibility,” said co-owner David Scherba. The company makes banners and inflatables that have been seen at the Q over the last three […]

  • Perry High School providing grief counselors after two recent grads die in crash

    PERRY, Ohio– Perry High School in Lake County will have grief counselors on hand following the deaths of two 2016 graduates. Myka Gray, 18, and Kayleigh O’Brien, 19, were involved in a crash in Claridon Township Wednesday afternoon. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a Chevrolet Colbalt, driven by Gray, failed to stop at the stop sign on Aquilla Road at US 322. That’s when the car was struck on the driver’s side by another vehicle. Gray and O’Brien were taken […]

  • Wetlands project leaves Akron yards and homes flooded

    AKRON, Ohio – Yards and homes of people living in one Akron neighborhood have been flooded by a nearby wetlands project for months, and the city said it still isn’t sure why. Breesha Taylor’s backyard looks and sounds like a wildlife preserve. “We got geese, ducks, groundhogs, raccoons, snakes. You name it, we got it,” Taylor said. Floodwater several feet deep that covers her lawn and driveway has also brought trash, including a used syringe that washed in Wednesday. And […]

  • Crews using helicopter, plane to drop rabies vaccines

    NORTH LIMA, Ohio — Thousands of baits containing an oral rabies vaccine are raining down on parts of Northeast Ohio this week. Crews from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are flying a helicopter and airplane in and out of Youngstown Elser Metro Airport to try to keep the dangerous virus from spreading further west. They’re spreading dropping more than 150,000 baits over 539 square miles in portions of Stark, Carroll and Columbiana Counties. It comes after two raccoons tested positive […]

  • K-9 helps find missing hearing aid on school playground

    JACKSON TWP., Ohio – A local police K-9 saved the day for a fifth grader who lost his hearing aid on the playground of Sauder Elementary School. 11-year-old Cael Ball has relied on assistance from a hearing aid during classes this school year. “That’s an important tool, just like glasses that anybody wears on a daily basis to help them see, we equate that with the hearing aid,” said Cael’s father, Sean Ball. Cael lost the device during recess Friday […]

  • Akron fire victims honored with balloon launch

    AKRON, Ohio– Members of the community remembered the seven people who lost their lives in a house fire earlier this week. Firefighters responded to a home on Fultz Street just before 3 a.m. on Monday. The blaze killed Dennis Huggins, 35; Angela Boggs, 38; and five children. The balloon launch was Friday at 2 p.m. at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center on Vernon Odom Boulevard. Daisia Huggins, who has not officially been identified as deceased, attended the school. Students released balloons, exchanged hugs […]

  • Ex-husband of missing Lakewood mom found dead in wooded area charged with murder

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The ex-husband of a missing Lakewood mom found dead in a wooded area earlier this week, has now been charged with her murder. Lakewood police, The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI held a news conference Thursday morning updating the public on the case. Authorities said, Fahad Saeed, husband of Roaa Al Dhannoon, charged with 15 counts including aggravated murder and kidnapping. Roaa Al Dhannoon, 25, disappeared from her Lakewood apartment in October. Investigators discovered her […]

  • Students demand parents stop texting while driving

    AKRON, Ohio – A decade away from getting behind the wheel themselves, first grade students sent a strong message to their parents about the dangers of texting while driving. The students at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish School were inspired to take a stand after seeing their parents on their phones in the car. ”The kids are noticing that their moms and dads are doing it, so it was a problem they thought needed to be resolved,” said teacher Candice […]

  • Rabies vaccines to be air dropped over portions of Northeast Ohio

    PARIS TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Federal agriculture officials plan to distribute rabies vaccine baits over parts of three Northeast Ohio counties next week to prevent the spread of the virus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will use planes and helicopters to air drop the oral rabies vaccine baits over parts of Stark, Carroll and Columbiana counties. The baits are coated to attract raccoons, foxes and coyotes, and they are about the size of a matchbox. The move comes after two raccoons […]

  • Investigators find exploding battery behind solar light fires

    SOUTH EUCLID- Fire investigators said they’ve pinpointed the reason Ever Brite lights have been exploding. The solar powered lights that are sold on TV have been linked to fires across the country, including at least two cases in Northeast Ohio. **Watch our previous story in the video above** South Euclid fire investigators said an electrician checked a burned light and determined its battery exploded. The device takes in so much sun that it can become overloaded and blow up, investigators […]

  • Akron police identify man severely injured in crash

    UPDATE, SATURDAY MAY 13: Akron police have told Fox 8 that a viewer tip called into the newsroom led them to be able to identify the victim of the car crash. 37-year-old Jason Allison from Akron was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital and was unable to help identify himself. Akron police asked for the public’s help in finding his identity, and a tip that  was called into the Fox 8 newsroom Friday evening wound up identifying Allison. His family has been notified.   […]

  • Should every school bus in Ohio have seat belts? New push to protect kids

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Missouri school bus crash has more people calling for a seat belt requirement on school buses. Rudy Breglia is among them. The Avon Lake retiree took up the cause of advocating for school bus seat belts after a November bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killed six children. He now takes his message to local groups and school districts, including through a presentation to the Lorain Rotary Thursday. “I thought, ‘this is the time for me to […]