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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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