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
  • Line of hundreds in front of Lorain Income Tax Department for hearing at same time

    LORAIN, Ohio– A lengthy line grew outside the Lorain Income Tax Department after more than 10,000 taxpayers were told to show up for a hearing at the same time. Hundreds of people have been in line since 9 a.m. Friday. They received subpoenas directing them to come to a hearing over their 2017 tax returns or face charges. Lorain’s treasurer said this is the second notice sent regarding problems with tax filings and these people waiting until the last minute. […]

  • Beachwood doctor murder: Police records reveal more about family’s past

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Beachwood police said they are “very confident” the sons of a podiatrist are responsible for his murder. Dr. Richard Warn, 59, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in his Brentwood Road home Thursday, according to police. In a press conference Tuesday, Chief Gary Haba said once all evidence is processed, detectives are confident it will tie 31-year-old Michael Warn and 29-year-old Mark Warn to the crime. The men took their own lives as police attempted to execute […]

  • Coast Guard warns to steer clear of freighters on Cuyahoga River

    CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard is warning boaters and people using paddle craft on the Cuyahoga River to stay out of the way of larger, cargo ships. As more people flock to the revitalized Flats to explore the river and Lake Erie, the Coast Guard said there has been an increase in smaller vessels getting in the way of freighters. “The risk is being in the way of a large vessel that can’t stop very quickly or maneuver fast […]

  • $2.9 million approved for Progressive Field renovation project

    CLEVELAND — Gateway Economic Development Corporation of Greater Cleveland approved $2.9 million for renovations in Progressive Field ‘s club section. The Cleveland Indians requested $8 million from Cuyahoga County for a multi-phase renovation project upgrading the club section and executive offices at Progressive Field back in May. The team had asked Gateway Economic Development Corp. to approve $6 million to renovate its club lounge, concourse and seating area between sections 326 and 348 in the club level of the ballpark, as well […]

  • Bridge blackout: Why the city says Cleveland’s Detroit-Superior Bridge went dark

    CLEVELAND – One of Cleveland’s most iconic downtown bridges has been dark all week. All lights on the Detroit-Superior Bridge, officially named the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, have been out since Sunday. Street lights that keep pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on the heavily trafficked bridge along with the decorative lights that illuminate the landmark have been dark, raising safety concerns. “We’ve got new bike lanes, new infrastructure down here so more and more people are using the bridge on a daily […]

  • MLB and Indians unveil 2019 All-Star Game logo and merchandise

      CLEVELAND –Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians unveiled a guitar-themed logo for the 2019 All-Star Game Tuesday afternoon. The 90th Midsummer Classic will be played at Progressive Field on July 9,  2019, marking the sixth time Cleveland has hosted the event. The league said the official logo celebrates the rich culture of Cleveland, bringing together music and baseball in the spiritual birthplace of Rock and Roll. Events at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are being discussed […]

  • VIDEO: Canton police officer helps stop suicidal man from jumping

    CANTON, Ohio – Police body camera video shows how a Canton police officer helped stop a suicidal man from jumping off a highway overpass. Officer Gibran Baskerville is a crisis intervention officer and 21-year veteran of the department whose training kicked in when he was called to the Cleveland Avenue NW overpass over U.S. 62 on July 19. Baskerville’s body camera was recording as he responded to help a 26-year-old Canton man who was threatening to jump from a 30-foot-high […]

  • Some Cuyahoga County homeowners seeing shocking property value increases

    CLEVELAND – Some Cuyahoga County property owners are receiving shocking new proposed property value notices. In some cases, values have doubled or tripled, but county officials cautioned that doesn’t mean property taxes will increase by the same amount. State law requires the county to physically view and reappraise properties every six years, and amid a strong housing market the average value increase in Cuyahoga County is nearly 11 percent. “I was just totally shocked,” said Jim Gruzosky. He said his […]

  • New video reveals changing stories of women convicted in Cleveland 5-year-old’s murder

    CLEVELAND – Police body camera video is revealing the crime scene where a Cleveland five-year-old was beaten to death as hours of recorded interrogations show how the women responsible changed their account of what happened. Tequila Crump and Ursula Owens declined to speak during their sentencing hearing last week, but the video obtained by FOX 8 News provides insight into their attempts to cover up what happened to Ta’Naejah McCloud. As the girl lie dying in a hospital room in […]

  • Cleveland teenager’s Francisco Lindor portrait moves to Smithsonian Museum

    CLEVELAND – A portrait of Tribe shortstop Francisco Lindor drawn by a Cleveland teenager is now at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. 13-year-old Nicholas Mariani spent months drawing the rendering of his favorite player during art classes at League Park’s Baseball Heritage Museum. “He’s my favorite baseball player, and he’s one of my idols,” Nicholas said. Lindor signed the original and 12 prints, keeping one for himself. The Smithsonian Institute was so impressed by the work, museum curators are hoping […]

  • Eye in the sky: See how more police departments are using drones

    PEPPER PIKE, Ohio —  With an armed suspect on the loose after police said he held a woman and child at gunpoint at a home on Farnhurst Road in Lyndhurst early Monday, police turned to a drone to search from above. It’s one example of how more police departments are using drones for everything from search and rescue missions to SWAT standoffs. The Valley Enforcement Group, which is comprised of 15 east side departments, began its unmanned aircraft systems — […]

  • Salvation Army and Hue Jackson Foundation open shelter for human trafficking survivors

    CLEVELAND – There is a new place to help survivors of human trafficking in Cleveland thanks to the Salvation Army and Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson. The Hue Jackson Foundation Survivors of Human Trafficking Residence at the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Complex downtown opened Tuesday. “A football player may recover from his injuries, but a person who is victimized by human trafficking never recovers,” Jackson said. Jackson’s foundation donated $250,000 to provide the 4,500 square foot shelter, meant to be […]