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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  • Painesville family pleads for help from Congress to keep mother from being deported

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The family of an undocumented Mexican immigrant who is set for deportation rallied at Congressman David Joyce’s office Friday, asking him to intervene. About two dozen people held signs and chanted in support of Esperanza Pacheco, 45, who was arrested Tuesday during a regular check-in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Pacheco, a mother of four, is being held in the Geauga County Jail and is set to be deported Tuesday, relatives said. “She really doesn’t deserve […]

  • Accused drunk driver said he was using phone when he slammed into officer’s cruiser

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – A Mayfield Heights Police sergeant is recovering after his cruiser was rear-ended while responding to a crash along I-271 Wednesday night. Investigators said the driver of a minivan traveling about 50 miles per hour slammed into two cruisers stopped near the merge lane from Mayfield Road to northbound I-271. Sgt. Jim Steffey was sitting in the driver’s seat of a cruiser totaled by the impact. The 25-year veteran of the Mayfield Heights Police Department escaped with […]

  • Field trip fallout: DC officials ask North Ridgeville Schools to reconsider canceled trip

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE- More fallout after North Ridgeville Middle School canceled its annual 8th grade trip to Washington DC due to safety concerns. ****Watch our previous story in the video player above**** The Deputy Mayor of Washington DC personally reached out to the school principal this week to stress the U-S Capitol is safe and there are no credible threats against it. Kevin Donahue encouraged the district to reconsider and join the 20 million visitors to DC each year. Last week, […]

  • Police warn pet owners to be vigilant after coyote attacks dog in Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Police are warning pet owners to be vigilant after another coyote attack against a small dog. The attack happened around 11 p.m. Sunday on the 15400 block of Edgewater Drive, in a neighborhood where there have been several attacks this year. Sandi, a 13-year-old Westie, suffered throat wounds. Dick West said he was watching his father’s pup and she slipped out of the garage while he was taking out the trash. When he went to look for […]

  • Shooting of Ashland County homeowner could be tied to string of ATV thefts

    SULLIVAN TWP., Ohio – An Ashland County man was shot after deputies said he interrupted a burglary at his home. The shooter remained at large, and investigators said the incident could be tied to a string of ATV thefts in the county. Relatives of 58-year-old Doug Roberts said he was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit after being shot in his back. The shooting happened outside of his home on U.S. 224 around 3 a.m. Tuesday. The victim’s wife, Kathy […]

  • National Weather Service testing snow squall warning system

    The National Weather Service will begin testing a snow squall warning system this winter to help drivers facing dangerous whiteout conditions. The system will be tested in seven cities including Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit starting January 3.  If successful, the system could be rolled out nationally, including to Northeast Ohio, next winter. Squall warnings will be more targeted and shorter in duration than tradition winter weather advisories and warnings. They will be similar to thunderstorm and tornado warnings. “We know […]

  • Tuesday’s election leads to shakeup on Cleveland City Council

    CLEVELAND – Tuesday’s election resulted in several big changes on Cleveland City Council, as some council members step down and other incumbents were narrowly defeated. If unofficial results stand, there could be five new council members taking office in January. Businessman Kevin Bishop was elected to fill the Ward 2 seat left vacant by Councilman Zack Reed’s run for mayor. Reed said he’s unsure of what is next for him, but he’s committed to staying public service and will continue […]

  • Thousands still without power after Sunday storms

    OHIO — Fifteen thousand FirstEnergy customers in Northeast Ohio remained without power Tuesday afternoon, nearly two days after strong storms swept through the region. Eight thousand outages stemmed from a single downed transmission line along Liberty Road in northern Summit County. Utility crews and contractors worked since Sunday night to repair the toppled poles. **Click here for the FirstEnergy Outage Map** As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the county with the most outages was Summit County with around 9,600. In Richland […]

  • Police found large tactical knife, other evidence in truck of suspect in teacher’s murder

    CLEVELAND — Police found a large tactical knife that tested positive for the blood of a slain Strongsville teacher inside the pickup truck of her accused killer, according to court documents. Jeffrey Scullin, 20, appeared before a judge Friday morning on charges of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and making false alarms in connection with the October 23 death of Melinda Pleskovic, 49. Court documents also state Scullin used a .357 revolver in the murder. He was […]

  • Cleveland hires former judge convicted of beating his wife

    CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland hired a disgraced former judge who served prison time for beating his wife, despite applications from 15 other candidates for the position. City administrators contend Lance Mason, a convicted felon, was the most qualified candidate for the job. Mason pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence and attempted felonious assault for attacking his wife in 2014. Police said Mason viciously choked, punched and bit the victim. It happened inside a vehicle in Shaker Heights […]

  • New charges against man accused of murdering Strongsville teacher

      CLEVELAND – The suspect in the murder of a Strongsville teacher is facing additional charges, including tampering with evidence and making false alarms. Jeffrey W. Scullin, Jr., 20, of Strongsville was arrested Tuesday on an aggravated murder charge in the death of Melinda Pleskovic, 49. He is also facing a murder charge and two felonious assault charges. Scullin is set to appear before a Cuyahoga County judge Friday morning. He’s being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on a […]

  • Suspect in murder of Strongsville teacher was pallbearer at victim’s funeral days before arrest

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio– Jeffrey W. Scullin, Jr. was a pallbearer at the funeral of his fiancé’s mother, Melinda Pleskovic, just three days before police arrested him for her murder. Scullin, 20, faces an aggravated murder charge and is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on a $1-million bond. Scullin and the victim’s husband, Bruce Pleskovic, called 911 to report finding the teacher unresponsive in her home on October 23. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said she suffered gunshot and […]