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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  • 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 […]

  • Woman dies, man in wheelchair injured after car hits Mentor Walmart

    MENTOR, Ohio– Police are investigating after a car crashed into the side of the Mentor Walmart Monday afternoon. Witnesses said the Chevrolet Malibu appeared to be going about 25 to 30 mph when it hit two people outside the store entrance before crashing into a cement wall around 12:30 p.m. City officials said the female victim went into full cardiac arrest and was taken to Tripoint Medical Center, where she died. The second victim, a store employee who uses a […]

  • Woman paralyzed in boat crash among those calling for changes to Lorain breakwall

    LORAIN, Ohio – A woman paralyzed in a boat crash along a Lorain breakwall is among those calling for enhancements to nighttime visibility after another crash killed two people there last week. Boaters contend the detached breakwall in Lorain Harbor can be practically invisible on dark nights. Neither federal organization tasked with breakwall — or breakwater — safety has pledged to make any changes where the crash occurred, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard each […]

  • Former Akron Police Chief James Nice files federal lawsuit against Akron, mayor and police chief

    AKRON – Former Akron Police Chief James Nice filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the City of Akron, Mayor Daniel Horrigan, current Police Chief Kenneth Ball and other unnamed city officials. The lawsuit claims the defendants engaged in malicious and highly-public false attacks on Nice’s character and reputation and abused the legal process to force Nice to resign. The lawsuit alleges defamation, invasion of privacy, first and fourth amendment retaliation, abuse of process and use of false recordings, stemming from […]

  • Dispatcher helps babysitter save unresponsive infant

    SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – A 911 dispatcher is being credited with helping to save an infant’s life after she led the five-month-old child’s babysitter through CPR. The baby’s family said the boy has since been released from the hospital and is healthy, and relatives are grateful for the dispatcher’s guidance. Heights Hillcrest Communications Center dispatcher Katie Friday received the call around 12:30 p.m. Thursday from a home on Chelton Road, where the child was reported to be unconscious and not […]

  • Mentor police officer replaces Army veteran’s stolen American flag

    MENTOR, Ohio – A Mentor police officer stepped up to help after American flags were stolen from a neighborhood. Keith Ludwig said his flag was stolen from a fence outside his Independence Drive condominium Thursday. “I was surprised. I was like, ‘how could you take somebody’s flag?’” Ludwig said. The U.S. Army veteran said he considers the flag an important symbol of freedom and those who fight for it. “To me it’s totally uncalled for,” he said. “I just don’t […]

  • Cause of deadly 4th of July boat crash under investigation

    LORAIN, Ohio — Two people were killed when a boat crashed into the detached break wall in Lorain Harbor Wednesday. The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m., shortly after the Lorain fireworks display ended, according to Lt. Chuck Stiver, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The Lorain County coroner identified the victims as Timothy Moore, 54, and Penny Nickeson, 49. Moore’s 10-year-old grandson survived the crash with minor injuries, Stiver said. The impact of the 20-foot powerboat hitting the […]

  • Hopkins Airport proposes new fee for shuttles, limo services

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has proposed a new per-trip fee for shuttles and limo services. The airport said the fee will fund needed upgrades, but customers worried the cost will be passed on to them and mean longer wait times. The $4 per trip fee would apply to each commercial ground transportation vehicle and replace the current $550 annual fee required for each vehicle. Amid increased traffic, airport officials have told Cleveland City Council the change would raise […]

  • ‘I’m still in shock!’ St. Jude Dream Home winner tours house

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – The winner of the 2018St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, Christine Randleman, visited the home for the first time Tuesday after her ticket was drawn on FOX 8 News in the Morning. Randleman, who currently lives with her family in Parma Heights, said she first learned she won when she got a phone call from the FOX 8 control room while at work as an ultrasound technician. “Unbelievable! I mean, I’m still in shock,” Randleman said. “It […]