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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  • ‘Griswold House’ in Wadsworth officially on display with new addition — Cousin Eddie’s RV

      WADSWORTH, Ohio (WJW) — A Wadsworth family that covers their home in Christmas lights just like the Griswolds  do in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” has added to the display, thanks in part to help from local high school students. Greg Osterland said it takes about six weeks to cover his family’s home with 25,000 LED lights for visitors to see. This is his seventh year putting on the display. “Every year, when we watched it with my […]

  • Families still searching for answers 6 months after murders in Rocky River Reservation

    FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio (WJW) — Wednesday marked six months since the unsolved murders of Kate Brown and Carnell Sledge in the Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. While the killer remains on the loose, Brown’s family hasn’t given up hope that someone will provide a tip to help solve the case. “You hope that it’s a nightmare and you’ll wake up and it will all go away, and, unfortunately, it’s just something that we have to endure day after day,” said Brown’s […]

  • ‘Somebody knows what happened’: Newburgh Heights police reexamine evidence in 1981 cold case

    NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW)– Newburgh Heights police are teaming up with college students to reopen a decades-old cold case. Kurt Sova, 17, vanished after he was left alone outside a party at a home on Harvard Avenue on Oct. 23, 1981. Investigators said his body was discovered five days later in a ravine about 500 yards from the house. “We really strongly believe there are people out there who have information, and we need them to come forward in this […]

  • Person in custody in shooting death of 73-year-old laundromat employee

    MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW)– Maple Heights police have a person in custody in connection with an overnight shooting that killed a laundromat employee. Police said 73-year-old Dave Brown was shot and killed just outside the entrance to Wash-N-Dry Laundromat. Officers responded to the Broadway Avenue business around 12:50 a.m. after a 911 caller reported hearing seven gunshots and found Brown dead. Investigators said Brown and his killer got into an argument before the shooting, and the shooter got away. Police […]

  • St. Augustine serves thousands of Thanksgiving meals to those in need

    CLEVELAND (WJW)– Thousands of people in need are getting a hot meal and a sense of community this holiday thanks to homeless shelters, hunger centers and churches across Northeast Ohio. Inside St. Augustine Hunger Center in Cleveland, volunteers began working before dawn to prepare Thanksgiving meals of turkey, mashed potatoes and more to be served to those in need. “It’s all about thanking God for the gifts he has given us really, and for all these people who have no […]

  • Doctors warn against kissing babies with RSV on the rise

    CLEVELAND (WJW) – A virus that’s especially dangerous for infants has doctors warning against kissing babies this holiday season. Dr. Amy Edwards, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, said respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is near its peak. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing. In adults, RSV may seem like a bad cold, but it can be very serious for infants, especially those under six months old, Edwards said. It can even […]

  • Students line streets for NASA Orion space capsule’s arrival in Sandusky

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (WJW)– NASA’S Orion space capsule arrived Friday at the agency’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky for testing after being moved more than 40 miles across Northeast Ohio. The move involved years of planning and cost millions of dollars to move power lines and other obstacles along the route from Mansfield Lahm Airport, where the capsule was delivered. NASA and the state of Ohio funded more than $6 million in obstacle removal, according to Plum Brook Station Director David […]

  • NASA’s Orion capsule arrives in Mansfield for testing before launch around the moon

    MANSFIELD, Ohio (WJW)– Before it’s launched around the moon, NASA’s Artemis I Orion spacecraft will be traveling through Northeast Ohio. Crowds gathered to watch as NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft landed at Mansfield Lahm Airport Sunday, delivering the Orion space capsule and service module. The spacecraft will be trucked to NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky on Tuesday to undergo testing under the extreme conditions it will face in space. “About a year from now, we hope to see this vehicle […]

  • Myles Garrett gear in high demand after losing suspension appeal

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WJW)– Some Browns fans are uniting to support the team and Myles Garrett after the NFL denied the star player’s suspension appeal. “Pittsburgh started it” T-shirts went on sale Friday at GV Art and Design in Lakewood. They were flying off store shelves with thousands sold so far, including as gag gifts for some Pittsburgh fans. This week, Garrett lost an appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, at least through the end of the season, for […]

  • No more yearbooks, sports for Willougby-Eastlake middle schools

    EASTLAKE, Ohio (WJW)– Middle school yearbooks will no longer be produced as a result of extensive cuts to extracurricular activities by the Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools after voters rejected an operating levy. “Yearbooks are something kids look forward to,” said Stacey McGuigan, PTO President of Willougby-Eastlake’s School of Innovation, where her daughter is in the seventh grade. “There is a sentimental value, for sure, and I know she looks through my old yearbooks.” Dozens of activities with supervisors under supplemental contracts […]

  • ‘There’s a surprise inside’: Local community cracking down on people who steal packages from porches

    WOOSTER, Ohio (WJW)- Porch pirates, be warned! Law enforcement in Wayne County is cracking down on package thieves this holiday season with the help of GPS trackers. “Every year around this time we hear more and more calls going out of packages being delivered to a home while somebody is at work, and, ultimately, when those people get home, those packages have been stolen,” said Jason Waddell, director of the MEDWAT Drug Enforcement Agency. Wednesday, the agency began deploying GPS […]

  • ‘It’s a once in a lifetime’: You can own a piece of Cedar Point history

    CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – You can get a piece of Cedar Point history. Hundreds of items collected by the park are going up for auction Monday at Gray’s Auctioneers on Cleveland’s west side. “Typically, we have fine art, antiques, jewelry, rugs up for auction every month,” said owner Serena Harragin. “It’s not the stuff we normally do, but we went out there, and we saw all this cool stuff.” A total of 160 auction lots, or pieces, will be available […]

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