Matt Wright joined Fox 8 News in 2014 and has covered the biggest stories in Northeast Ohio, garnering two Emmy Awards for his work.

Matt led breaking coverage of the terror attack at Ohio State, reported live amid protests over controversial police shootings and captured the city’s excitement as the Cavaliers won an NBA championship. He reported live from Pittsburgh after the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue and from Chicago during the Indians appearance in the World Series.

Matt also reported 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. While 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 waste, revealed a rise in teen drug use and 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 also 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’s work has been recognized with two Emmy awards, for General Assignment Reporter and General Assignment Report Within 24 Hours. He was named finalist for “Best Individual Achievement” by the Florida Associated Press. Matt 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 for communications leaders. Matt majored in Journalism, with minors in Business and Politics. He practiced Spanish during a semester abroad, living with a family in Barcelona, Spain. Matt was the Park School of Communications Commencement Marshal for having the top G.P.A. in his graduating class.

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  • ‘Stole my youth’: Opioid lawsuit settlement money may help those struggling with addiction

    CLEVELAND – Millions of dollars from the federal opioid lawsuit settlement will likely be used to provide resources to deal with the overwhelming need felt by local treatment centers. On Monday, four drug companies agreed to a $260 million settlement with Summit and Cuyahoga counties. The settlement agreement was reached before the first trial was set to begin in the case, which was considered a bellwether for 2,600 other municipalities that are plaintiffs in national litigation against drug makers, distributors […]

  • Witnesses say woman who was pulled from vehicle on I-90 had been shot

    CLEVELAND — We are learning new information after Cleveland police said a woman was thrown from a vehicle on I-90. The medical examiner identified the victim as Vonnashia Akins, 21. Police reported the woman was thrown out of a car on Interstate 90 near Carnegie Avenue at around 5 p.m. Monday. She was later pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center. On Tuesday, witnesses told FOX 8’s Matt Wright what they saw.  They said the driver of a white SUV went […]

  • Fred McLeod’s ties are another way his memory will live on

    CLEVELAND – Fred McLeod was not only known for his professionalism in the broadcast booth, but also for his impeccable sense of style. Now, in addition to his broadcast legacy, friends and former colleagues will have another reminder of the former Cavs television play-by-play announcer, who passed away suddenly last month at age 67. Fred’s wife, FOX 8’s Beth McLeod, gifted more than 200 ties from Fred’s extensive collection to his friends and former colleagues Friday, including current and former […]

  • 15-year-old arrested in connection to New Franklin vandalism spree

    NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio – New Franklin police have arrested a teen for a vandalism spree targeting more than a dozen people. Police say a 15-year-old boy is in custody and facing seventeen counts each of felony vandalism and criminal trespass. **Watch our previous report in the video above** Investigators say he spray painted graphic images and a racist slur on cars, homes and street signs. More than a dozen people living in the area of Peggy Ann Drive and Zeletta […]

  • Wadsworth High School uses smart helmets to track hits, alert coaches

    WADSWORTH, Ohio – Smart helmet technology that monitors head impacts is being used to reduce concussions at some Northeast Ohio schools. The Riddell InSite Training Tool uses sensors beneath padding inside football helmets to track impacts and send instant alerts about hard hits to coaches and trainers, who can evaluate the affected player. The smart helmet system also generates reports about the extent of all impacts, where they occurred and which players were hit. “We’re doing everything in our power […]

  • Police: Wrong-way driver on I-480 so intoxicated he passed out while being booked into jail

    BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio – Police say the man arrested for driving the wrong way for miles on Interstate 480 early Monday morning was so intoxicated he had no idea where he was and passed out while being booked. Dash camera video shows the moments officers stopped the wrong-way driver in the eastbound lanes of I-480 near the Interstate 77 interchange around 3:15 a.m. A Brooklyn Heights officer did a U-turn and pulled behind the driver, who eventually stopped facing oncoming […]

  • Cars, homes vandalized in New Franklin neighborhood

    NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio– Police in Summit County are looking for the people who vandalized cars, homes and street signs, leaving a trail of vulgar and racist graffiti. New Franklin police said the vandals struck between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. in the area of Peggy Ann Drive and Zeletta Drive, damaging property belonging to more than a dozen people. The culprits spray painted graphic images and a racist slur on cars, homes and street signs. Sam Hettich said five cars […]

  • Chardon couple creates non-profit to help other families facing fetal heart defects like their son

    CHARDON, Ohio — After a pioneering fetal heart procedure helped save their son’s life, a Chardon couple has started a non-profit foundation to help other families facing fetal heart defects. Now 16 months old, Lorenzo Catanese, loves running around in the yard with his older brothers. “This outcome, it’s more than we ever hoped for or we ever could have imagined,” said his mother, Heather Catanese. “He truly is a miracle.” When Heather was five months pregnant, a doppler image […]

  • Crane accident at new high-rise in Playhouse Square, no one injured

    CLEVELAND– Cleveland police say five steel beams fell from a crane onto a parking garage under construction in Playhouse Square Thursday at around 1 p.m. The beams crushed part of the top floor of the garage.  No one was injured. The crew was working on The Lumen apartment tower, which is adjacent to the garage. According to Gilbane Building Company Director of Communications Wes Cotter, the crane was lifting a load of structural steel beams when the load shifted and […]

  • Suspect injures three Mansfield officers, leads police on 20-mile chase

    MANSFIELD, Ohio– A Richland County man was arrested after police said he injured three Mansfield police officers before leading police on a 20-mile chase. Luke Porter, 34, of Mansfield, was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of abduction, felonious assault on a peace officer and failure to comply. He was being held in the Richland County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Mansfield police said officers stopped a Chrysler Pacifica minivan driven by Porter for a license plate violation around 8:30 p.m. […]

  • Reward increases in Carnell Sledge and Kate Brown murders; Rocky River Reservation deaths still unsolved after 4 months

    FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – Investigators have increased the reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the unsolved June double murder in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. Investigators announced Monday they are now offering a $30,000 reward in the case. On Tuesday, June 4 around 5:15 p.m., Kate Brown, 33, and Carnell Sledge, 40, were each shot in the head while sitting on a riverside bench along Valley Parkway, just north of the Lorain Road bridge. The […]

  • Hole in one: Topgolf giving boost to local economy, also helping to spur new development

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — As Topgolf plans to hire about 500 employees for its new location in Independence, the city’s mayor said the new venue is sparking other nearby development, including plans for a massive Saucy Brew Works brewery. Final stages of construction are underway at the Topgolf facility on Rockside Woods Boulevard North, near the I-480 and I-77 interchange. Director of Operations John Lesieutre said it is expected to open in early to mid-December. The main structure is built, composed […]

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