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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  • ‘Avengers’ directors no longer filming upcoming Cleveland-set movie in Northeast Ohio

    CLEVELAND – Filmmaker Anthony Russo, a Cleveland native, said he will not be filming his upcoming movie “Cherry” in Cleveland because of uncertainty earlier this year over the fate of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit. The tax credit, which provides $40 million in incentives to filmmakers, was removed from the state budget in the Ohio Legislature, then reinstated before the budget passed. “Cherry,” which is set in Cleveland, is about a veteran who is struggling with PTSD and addiction. […]

  • Cleveland increasing surveillance to reduce crime, raising civil liberties concerns

    CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland is turning to increased video and audio surveillance in its efforts to deter, detect and solve crimes, but some people are raising concerns about privacy. 1,000 surveillance cameras are being installed across the city in conjunction with new LED streetlights as part of the city’s Safe Smart CLE initiative. City safety leaders told council’s Public Safety Committee Wednesday that the first cameras are being installed at all recreation centers and several parks. Cameras have […]

  • UH Parma Medical Center to end labor and delivery services

    PARMA, Ohio– University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is ending labor and delivery services in December. Hospital leaders, who announced the decision Friday, said it was because of the declining number of births at the facility in recent years. “We’ve seen our birth rates decline year on year for the last several years,” UH Parma Medical Center President Brian Monter said. “It’s to the point where it’s really not sustainable.” The change was expected to affect 28 employee positions, according to […]

  • Body camera video shows Wayne County house fire, previous incidents at home

    STERLING, Ohio – Body camera video from the Wayne County Sheriff’s office shows flames shooting from a Sterling home and the racist graffiti nearby that prompted the arson to be investigated as a possible hate crime. No suspects have been named in the fire, which occurred around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Spruce Street. Body camera video shows homeowners Brad and Angela Frase, an interracial couple, telling a deputy they were not there at the time and staying […]

  • Homeowners speak out about Wayne County house explosion being investigated as possible hate crime

    STERLING TOWNSHIP, Ohio – An overnight house fire and explosion in Sterling Township has been deemed an arson and investigators are exploring whether it was racially motivated. Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said the incident was being investigated as a possible hate crime against the interracial couple who owned the home due to a swastika and racial slur that were spray painted nearby. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spent […]

  • John Carroll students delivering meals to homeless robbed at gunpoint in Ohio City

    CLEVELAND– Cleveland police are searching for a suspect in the armed robbery of two John Carroll University students delivering meals to the homeless in Ohio City Friday. The women, ages 21 and 20, were handing out food from a university van parked on Bridge Avenue near West 25th Street around 9:30 p.m., according to the police report. A man walked up, pointed a gun at them and demanded money, then stole an iPhone, the report said. The victims told investigators […]

  • Video shows wrong-way driver on I-90 before deadly crash; Victims identified

    CLEVELAND– Video from the Ohio Department of Transportation shows the moments before a crash on Interstate 90 in Cleveland that killed three people. The crash happened in the eastbound lanes between West 25th Street and West 98th Street just before midnight on Sunday. Cleveland police said Michael Kantos, 58, was driving the wrong way and hit another car with four people inside. The driver and one passenger were killed. Two 19-year-old women were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with critical […]

  • State inspecting school buses before school year begins

    AVON LAKE, Ohio – As students prepare to return to school, state inspectors are busy examining school buses across Ohio. Every school bus that carries students is inspected by the Ohio State Highway Patrol twice per year: before the school year starts and again during the year at random. The top-to-bottom inspection includes a full mechanical check and inspection of tires, brakes, lights, emergency exits and more. “I can think of few things that are more important than ensuring the […]

  • Brook Park firefighter on mission to help get PTSD coverage added to workers’ compensation

    BROOK PARK, Ohio — More than a decade of responding to traumatic injuries has taken a toll on Brook Park Firefighter Scott Stoltz. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after responding to a motorcycle crash that hit too close to home and reminded him of his best friend, who was killed in a similar crash. “About seven months ago, I started getting symptoms of nightmares, along with hyper vigilance, paranoia and irritability,” Stoltz said. “I was actually afraid to […]

  • Cats removed from property of elderly woman sentenced to jail after illegally feeding strays

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – Animal advocates and the Garfield Heights Animal Warden visited the property of 79-year-old Nancy Segula Wednesday to remove stray cats and kittens that have Segula facing jail time. “We’re making an effort to help her, to alleviate the problem, to remove the issue,” said Debra Bartowick with the animal rescue Forever Friends, adding she hopes it can spare Segula time behind bars. Segula has been cited three times since 2015 for animal violations, including feeding stray […]

  • Judge supports changes to Cleveland’s misdemeanor marijuana laws

    CLEVELAND– Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lauren Moore has seen a lot of drug cases in her 16 years on the bench, including while leading the court’s drug diversion program over the last five years. Now, for the first time in her tenure, Cleveland’s laws governing minor marijuana charges could change. “It’s an overdue conversation,” Moore said. “I’m glad we’re having it.” The proposed ordinance, introduced Wednesday by Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, would change laws for possessing, growing and giving […]

  • Federal grant awarded to stabilize Irishtown Bend, build park

    CLEVELAND– A project to stabilize a hillside along the Cuyahoga River and turn it into a park is one step closer to reality. Millions of dollars in federal funding was awarded last week to help restore Irishtown Bend. “The Cuyahoga River is a federal navigation channel,and it has a tremendous amount of economic activity that helps the region,” said Grace Gallucci, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. “We’re talking about $3.5 billion worth of economic activity related […]

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