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
  • Elyria officials investigating mysterious chemical odor

    ELYRIA – City officials are investigating what caused a mysterious odor to seep from sewer lines into homes in two separate Elyria neighborhoods on Monday. Samples taken from the sewer will be tested to determine what substance caused the odor that smelled like lacquer or paint thinner, according to Elyria Wastewater Pollution Control Superintendent Terry Korzan. “It’s very unusual,” Korzan said. “If we get one of these a year in Elyria, maybe two, that’s a lot. But to have two […]

  • Cleveland police search for hit-and-run driver, 5-year-old victim hospitalized

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland police are looking for a driver in a hit and run. The victim is a 5-year-old boy. The child’s father told FOX 8 News he was walking with his son in the crosswalk when a car hit the boy. It happened Monday around 8:45 a.m. at East 55th street and Chester Avenue. Evelyn Bailey was on her way to work when she said she witnessed what happened and stopped to help. “I just saw the little boy […]

  • Thieves caught on camera stealing packages across northeast Ohio

    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – This holiday season police across northeast Ohio are warning residents to be on the lookout for package thieves. Strongsville Police said a thief or thieves stole packages and mail from ten homes in the High Point neighborhood on October 29. A doorbell surveillance camera at a home on Monterrey Pine shows a suspect who police estimate is in his late teens or early twenties stealing a package. Police said the thefts happened between 5 p.m. and 8:30 […]

  • St. Ed’s football players deliver championship trophy to student battling leukemia

    CLEVELAND — When St. Edward won the state football championship, one of the team’s biggest fans wasn’t there to see the team capture the trophy. So, Wednesday, a group of players brought the trophy to Michael George’s hospital bed. The 16-year-old Saint Ed’s sophomore, who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed with leukemia in June and has been in the hospital for chemotherapy treatments. “The best part was just walking in initially and seeing how happy he was to see the […]

  • Woman who pleaded guilty to animal abuse ordered to volunteer at animal shelter

    CLEVELAND – A Newburgh Heights woman must volunteer at an animal shelter after pleading guilty to charges filed under Goddard’s Law. Jasmine Grays, 21, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of animal cruelty Monday. Under the terms of a plea agreement, she will enter a court diversion program. Her case will be dismissed if she successfully completes 80 hours of community service at an animal shelter. Newburgh Heights police arrested Grays in June after officers found two dogs tied to […]

  • WDOK stops playing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ amid ‘Me Too’ movement

    CLEVELAND — A local radio station has stopped playing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” this holiday season after it says listeners voiced concern about the song’s predatory undertones amid the “Me Too” movement. WDOK Christmas 102.1 pulled the song from its around-the-clock rotation of Christmas music this week after receiving a call from a listener who suggested it is inappropriate in 2018. The call-and-response song written in the 1940’s includes a woman singing that she has to leave a man’s house as […]

  • Police: Suspect stalked Mayfield Heights woman before killing her and daughter

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio– The neighbor of a Mayfield Heights nurse stalked her for months before killing her and her daughter, police say. Dominique C. Swopes, 27, faces two counts of aggravated murder and aggravated arson. Police said Rebecca Pletnewski, 41, was stabbed to death before her home on Longwood Road was set on fire on Tuesday. Firefighters pulled her daughter, 8-year-old Olivia Schneider, from an upstairs bedroom. She was pronounced dead from smoke inhalation at the hospital. Shortly after the […]

  • Medical examiner: Mayfield Heights nurse murdered before arson that killed daughter

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio —  The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that a Mayfield Heights nurse was murdered before her house was set on fire in Mayfield Heights, killing her young daughter. The medical examiner’s office said Rebecca Pletnewski, 41, died of homicide due to “cervical compression with sharp force injuries,” which means she passed away due to a spinal cord injury from being stabbed. Mayfield Heights fire investigators said Pletnewski was found dead when firefighters arrived to her Longwood […]

  •  Several Northeast Ohio health systems not allowing physicians to recommend medical marijuana

    CLEVELAND – Medical marijuana will be sold by dispensaries in Ohio soon, but thousands of doctors employed by Northeast Ohio’s three major health systems will not be allowed to recommend the drug for patients. The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth each said they aren’t allowing their doctors to recommend the drug. The hospitals said the bans are rooted in the lack of FDA approval for marijuana products or conflicts between federal and state law over the drug’s legality. Many […]

  • Phony 911 calls: Medina police release audio from caller who made up report of active shooter

    MEDINA, Ohio – Medina police have released the hoax 911 call that led to a lockdown at the Cleveland Clinic Medina Campus Tuesday afternoon. In the recording, the male caller, who has a thick accent, tells dispatchers that an employee has been stealing from the company and now has a gun and is holding people hostage. “She is threatening people, she has a machine gun in her hand,” the caller says. The caller also tells dispatchers that the employee is […]

  • Police say call about female with gun at Medina medical building believed to be a hoax

    MEDINA, Ohio — Medina police say a report of a female with a gun at a Medina medical office building is believed to be a hoax. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call about a female possibly armed with a gun. The caller said the female was holding hostages at the hospital. Police say after conducting an investigation and going floor to floor, they determined there was no suspect.  At this point, police say they believe it was a […]

  • North Royalton Police: Son charged in connection with parents’ murders

    NORTH ROYALTON – North Royalton Police said Michael Lucak has been charged in connection with the murders of his 72-year-old parents, Dennis and Helen Lucak, inside their condominium. Lucak, who also uses the last name Brewer, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated burglary and felony theft. He was taken into custody at a Medina hotel Monday, where investigators said they recovered evidence including a gun. Police said the couple died of multiple gunshot wounds […]