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.
Another deadly pandemic reached central Virginia 102 years ago this fall. The virus that became known as the “Spanish flu” forced schools and churches to close and overwhelmed Charlottesville’s largest hospital in 1918. It shares remarkable similarities and differences to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An education professor is challenging the University of Virginia’s decision to deny him tenure. Former students, faculty colleagues, and academics across the country are questioning if race played a role in Paul Harris’ rejected appointment.
As more businesses begin to bring employees back, Virginia still has no set safety and health standards for dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace. That’s led to hundreds of complaints filed against employers across the commonwealth.
Fireworks will not light up the sky over Charlottesville’s McIntire Park on the Fourth of July this year due to COVID-19. Now, a group that saved the fireworks from cancellation more than a decade ago is scrambling to pull off the show again.
The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is putting the call out for volunteers to help keep voters safe and healthy when they head to the polls for this month’s primary and November’s presidential election.
The $20 million Center at Belvedere is beginning to welcome people inside this week. The phased opening comes two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the new senior center’s long-awaited grand opening.
The Virginia Department of Health is beginning a study to find out how many people in the commonwealth have antibodies to COVID-19. The University of Virginia will lead the Virginia Coronavirus Serology Project.
The Virginia Department of Corrections is beginning to release information about the effects of COVID-19 in prisons across the commonwealth. This is the result of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.
Charlottesville City Council is reviewing City Manager Tarron Richardson’s first year on the job. During an appearance Tuesday on the city’s weekly Cville360 show, Richardson discussed the progress he’s made since taking over the position in May 2019.
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.