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, 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 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 been nominated for several regional Emmy awards, and his work has 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 honored as the Park School of Communications Commencement Marshal for having the top G.P.A. in his graduating class.

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Recent Articles
  • Beginning of human life argued in University Hospitals fertility clinic failure lawsuit

    CLEVELAND – When does human life begin? That was the central issue at hand during arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed against University Hospitals by a family that lost embryos in its fertility clinic failure. In the suit, Wendy Penniman contends three embryos she lost when a cryogenic tank failed at Ahuja Medical Center last March were human lives. In all, more than 4,000 eggs and embryos were destroyed, prompting dozens of lawsuits against UH. “These are human beings, and […]

  • Dog and pig abandoned outside humane society have new home together

    NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio– A golden retriever and pig that were abandoned outside the Tuscarawas County Humane Society are being adopted together. Surveillance video showed a masked man remove the dog from a car at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday and tie it to a post in front of the shelter. He then placed a cage containing the pot-bellied pig near the entrance. A Tuscarawas County sheriff’s deputy found the animals about four hours later. Kelli Stark and her daughter, Grace Erb, […]

  • “It’s going to be a fun five years!”: CWRU medical students celebrate residency assignments on Match Day

    CLEVELAND — Thousands of graduating medical students nationwide learned where they’ll spend their residencies during Friday’s Match Day. 205 students at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine gathered on campus for the reveal. “Pretty nervous, I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night,” said CWRU medical student Roy Xiao. Rocky River native Chelsea Wright hoped to stay close to home. “I would love to stay in Cleveland, but if I end up somewhere else, it means I […]

  • Music helping students be more mindful at local elementary school

    BRUNSWICK, Ohio– Imagine an elementary school filled with students so quiet you can hear a pin drop. It might seem hard to believe, but it’s reality twice a day inside Kidder Elementary School in Brunswick. After the chaos of kids getting to class, all 350 students pause for Mindful Music Moments. At the beginning and end of each school day, for a few minutes, the peaceful sounds of Cleveland Orchestra performances fill classrooms via the school’s PA system. “I’m kind […]

  • Ted Ginn, Sr. on surviving pancreatic cancer

    CLEVELAND – Legendary Glenville football coach and Ginn Academy Founder Ted Ginn, Sr. is well-known for teaching important lessons on the football field and in the classroom. He said his battle against pancreatic cancer reinforced an important life lesson. “Keep your faith and believe in God, and everything will work out,” Ginn said. “But, you gotta have a purpose.” In 2012, following an unrelated procedure, doctors noticed Ginn’s declining blood sugar levels and discovered a tumor on his pancreas. It […]

  • Police warn pet owners about raccoons suspected of having canine distemper, encourage pet vaccinations

    HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – Highland Heights Police are warning pet owners that their dogs may be at risk after sick raccoons were reported in the city. Authorities suspect the raccoons had a virus called canine distemper which causes symptoms similar to those of rabies and can spread to dogs. They encouraged pet owners to make sure vaccinations are current. Karen Rosewater called police February 5 to report a raccoon acting strangely across the street from her Eastlawn Drive home. “It […]

  • Off-duty police begin patrolling Cleveland’s near west side

    CLEVELAND – Added safety patrols are now in place in popular neighborhoods on Cleveland’s near west side. On Sunday, off-duty police officers in Downtown Cleveland Alliance SUVs began patrols in Ohio City, Tremont and the West Flats. The new patrol coverage expands on patrols in place downtown. “It’s not a replacement of police, it’s just a supplement, to have an extra set of eyes and ears in the community,” said Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, who helped to secure $50,000 […]

  • Cuyahoga Falls man cited for crashing into Cuyahoga River

      CLEVELAND – A Cuyahoga Falls man has been cited for crashing his SUV into the Cuyahoga River in the Flats early Monday morning. Cleveland police said Ryan R. Kilpatrick, 43, drove the wrong way on Elm Street, then drove across the grass, through a fence and into the river around 2 a.m. He turned himself into police at the scene around 4 p.m. Monday and was cited for reckless operation, failure to control and a one-way violation, according to […]

  • Cleveland firefighters search for vehicle that crashed into Cuyahoga River downtown

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland firefighters spent the day searching the frigid waters of the Cuyahoga River in search of an SUV that plunged into the river early Monday morning. The SUV appeared to have crashed through a fence and into the river at Riverbed Street and Elm Avenue in the West Flats, near the Center Street Bridge. Video posted to Instagram showed the SUV floating near the middle of the river and a man who appeared to be the driver climbing […]

  • Some workers with disabilities worried after Walmart announces plan to change role of greeters

    CLEVELAND – Walmart’s plan to change the role of its greeters has led some workers with physical disabilities to worry about their futures. Last week Walmart told more greeters at stores across the country that their jobs will be eliminated in April, continuing a move it started in 2016. Greeters will be replaced by the more physically demanding “customer host” position, which has added responsibilities. In addition to greeting customers, customer hosts will be required to lift 25 lb. packages […]

  • Man arrested in second downtown Cleveland rape

    CLEVELAND –- A Cleveland man has been arrested for an October rape behind a popular Gateway District bar. His arrest came one day after a woman reported a separate rape in a nearby downtown parking garage. Robert L. Gaines Jr., 38, was arrested February 15 and charged with rape, robbery and misuse of credit cards. According to court documents, investigators said DNA linked Gaines to an attack behind a bar in the 800 block of Huron Road in the early […]

  • ‘A violent, violent predator is now off the streets,’ Cleveland police say of 17-year-old arrested for parking garage rape

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland police arrested a 17-year-old male Tuesday in connection with a rape and kidnapping at a downtown parking garage. The 51-year-old victim reported the attack on February 14. Police say it happened around 7 p.m. The victim was walking in the garage when police say she was attacked and sexually assaulted. The suspect then forced her into her car before attempting to drive off. The suspect crashed her car and took property from the victim. Tuesday, members […]

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