Matt loves being the first to know what's happening, so waking up before the sun comes up is a natural fit for him! Matt joins the NBC29 News at Sunrise team as co-anchor from 4:30 - 7:00 AM after leading weekend editions of NBC29 News at 6 & 11 and CW29 News at 10 as anchor. Matt also co-anchors NBC29 News at Noon.
Since joining NBC29 in November 2005, Matt has covered the stories that matter most to Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. He's reported live from the Virginia Tech shootings, Louisa earthquake, and presidential visits from George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Matt led NBC29's coverage of the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017 as an anchor and reporter. His anchoring and reporting have earned numerous Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters and Virginia Association of Broadcasters awards. He's also earned a Capital Emmy nomination for general assignment reporting.
Originally from central Pennsylvania, Matt is glad to be back on the East Coast after spending four years in Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
During his last two years in Missouri, Matt reported and anchored weekend newscasts at KOMU-TV in Columbia. His "Target 8" investigative reports earned him several regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas City Press Club.
Matt's reporting also received national honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the distinguished William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
Journalism has always been Matt's passion, and he loves finding creative ways everyday to tell your stories.
Students from across central Virginia are sending messages of cheer and hope to help break through the isolation for people living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Hospice of the Piedmont is delivering the students’ colorful designs as part of the nonprofit’s “Joyful Art” project.
A $198,545 donation will support women’s health care at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. The Women’s Committee of the hospital’s foundation presented a check to officials at the hospital in Albemarle County on Thursday, May 21.
A vineyard owner in Madison County is expanding a program to train a new generation of grape growers and winemakers. it teaches them viticulture years before they can legally taste the fruits of their labor.
A report from federal investigators looking into the fatal 2017 Virginia State Police helicopter crash in Albemarle County reveals the pilot may not have been trained to recover from an aerodynamic condition that could have caused the chopper to fall from the sky.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing a paradigm shift for public education with schools closed and students learning from home. The University of Virginia's Miller Center put together a panel of experts to discuss the lasting effects of the pandemic on classrooms.
The coronavirus pandemic brought an abrupt end to nearly all parks and recreation programs in Charlottesville, except one that’s going strong. The city’s adaptive recreation team got to work and within a week took their interactive programs online.
Nonprofits in central Virginia that aren’t immediately involved in the fight against COVID-19 are facing an uncertain future. They’re in need of funds to ride out this emergency and provide support to the community when it recovers from this crisis.
Gov. Northam held a coronavirus briefing Wednesday, April 8. He discussed PPE distribution, elections, changes to ABC requirements allowing for mixed drinks takeout, and tracking racial demographics in COVID-19 testing.
Governor Ralph Northam says he has approved final recommendations for alternative care sites to help coronavirus patients in Virginia. He adds that teams are moving fast on opening the sites, and that they could be ready in about six weeks.
Thousands of protective masks that are in short supply due to the coronavirus pandemic are now available to first responders and hospice caregivers thanks to a donation from the Charlottesville-based CFA Institute.
A fundraising effort is helping feed nurses on the front line of the coronavirus fight at UVA was so successful that organizers are raising the goal to $30,000 to give gift cards to nurses at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and first responders.