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
  • Police: Woman tried to lure child into minivan

    Willoughby Hills, Ohio – Willoughby Hills Police are investigating after a Cornerstone Christian Academy student reported that a stranger tried to lure her into a minivan in the school parking lot. The 11-year-old student told police she was waiting for her mom during school dismissal Tuesday afternoon when a woman she did not know called her by name and ordered her to get inside a minivan. “The concerning thing is she knew the girl’s name, so obviously that’s a concern […]

  • How Northeast Ohio is helping in recovery from Hurricane Michael

    CLEVELAND — With widespread devastation, volunteers and rescue workers from Northeast Ohio remain on the ground in Florida helping in the hurricane recovery. Sixteen members of the urban search and rescue team Ohio Task Force 1 are working near Panama City. The team made up of first responders from across the state has searched hundreds of buildings looking for victims, according to the group’s Facebook page. Ohio Task Force 1 is also sending three K-9s and their handlers to the […]

  • Marshals arrest convicted sex offender accused of breaking into schools

    CLEVELAND – The man out on bond after pleading guilty to several charges of burglary and theft for breaking into schools was arrested by Marshals on Friday on new charges. Jon Titter, 38, was wanted for stealing cell phones and laptops from a boys locker room at Willoughby South High School Tuesday evening, according to U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott. He was also wanted for stealing items, including yearbooks, from Hawken School. U.S. Marshals said they arrested Titter at his home […]

  • Ohio Army National Guard deploys to aid in hurricane recovery

    GREEN, Ohio – Ohio Army National Guard troops deployed Thursday afternoon to help in the recovery from Hurricane Michael in Florida. A crew of seven and a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment left from the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Akron-Canton Airport. The crew planned to travel to Tennessee Thursday night before continuing on to a staging area in Jacksonville, Florida where they will receive more details on their mission Friday. The massive […]

  • Ohio Task Force 1 heads to Florida for Hurricane Michael

    DAYTON, Ohio– Sixteen members from Ohio Task Force 1 left to assist with Hurricane Michael Tuesday morning. The FEMA search and rescue team will report to Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Florida in Okaloosa County, where they’ll work 24-hour shifts if necessary. “We’re just going to basically stay there with other FEMA teams until we get word of a need from either the state of Florida or one of the surrounding states,” said Bedford Fire Lt. Brian Harting, who […]

  • Video shows Parma chase that began with theft of food from grocery store

    Warning: The video in this story may be disturbing to some viewers. PARMA, Ohio —  One man is dead and three others, including his infant child, were injured after an early morning police chase in Parma. Investigators said it began with the suspected shoplifting of food from a grocery store. The crash happened around 5:15 a.m. Monday when a Chevy Malibu crashed into a garbage truck and spun out at the intersection of Pearl and Ridge Roads, according to investigators. Police […]

  • Amherst Schools plan ‘Family First Night’ with no homework, school activities

    AMHERST, Ohio – The Amherst Exempted Village School District is designating a night for students to have time to spend with family. The district will designate November 14 as “Family First Night.” Teachers across the district can’t give homework assignments that night and no sports or other extracurricular activities will be scheduled. “A lot of homes have two working parents, and children are involved in activities so much younger than when we were growing up and every night it seems […]

  • Brunswick City Schools get ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits in event of shooting, other emergency

    BRUNSWICK, Ohio – Brunswick City Schools classrooms and school buses will be getting kits with supplies to help stop bleeding during emergencies. More than 700 “Stop the Bleed” kits, baggies containing instructions, gloves, tourniquets and gauze, will be placed in locations throughout the district this month. “The idea popped into my head when someone said, ‘Let’s arm teachers’ and I said , ‘Let’s give teachers tourniquets instead,’” said Brunswick Fire Chief James Baird. “Basically, all you do is stretch it, […]

  • Cleveland Clinic performs first prostate surgeries in U.S. using Single Port SP Robot

    CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Clinic has performed the first prostate surgeries in the United States using a robot that inserts surgical instruments through one small abdominal incision. The Single Port SP Robot was successfully used for three surgeries at the Clinic Friday – two to remove cancerous prostates and one surgery to remove an enlarged prostate, according to a press release from the hospital. “This new robot allows us to do the surgery through one cut rather than five or […]

  • Ex-Kent State professor sentenced to five months in prison for lying to FBI

    CLEVELAND– A former Kent State University professor was sentenced to five months in prison in U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio on Wednesday. Julio Pino, 58, of Kent, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, which includes five months of home confinement during which he can not access the internet without approval from his probation officer. He was also fined $2,500. Pino, who was an associate history professor, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false […]

  • Exclusive look inside hazmat training for rescues from confined spaces

    PARMA, Ohio– Whether saving someone trapped in a storage tank, a silo or a sewer pipe, first responders have to prepare for rescues in challenging environments. Tuesday, the Chagrin/Southeast Hazmat Team trained for rescues in confined spaces at Tri-C’s Key Bank Public Safety Training Center. The facility has a variety of underground pipes that can be used to train for vertical or horizontal rescues, which rescuers said are relatively rare but risky. “It’s very tight but the guys are good […]

  • Cameras could help enforce Ohio’s ‘Move Over’ law

    CLEVELAND – A new tool is coming to Northeast Ohio roads that may help enforce Ohio’s “Move Over” law. Ohio law requires drivers to move to an adjacent lane or slow down for police cars, emergency vehicles, tow trucks and public utility vehicles that are stopped with their lights activated. Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Rob Gable said troopers see violations every day. “People are still not moving over, some people are still not slowing down,” Gable said. “It’s dangerous […]