For Matt, joining KIMT means returning home. He was born in Algona, but moved to California at the age of 10. He missed the Midwest, though, and returned for college at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. While earning a bachelor’s degree in Communication from St. John’s, Matt got his start in broadcasting by working for the campus radio station, an AM news radio station in St. Cloud, and interning for WCCO-TV’s Dimension Unit. His start as a professional television news reporter and anchor came soon after graduation, when he began working for KEYC-TV in Mankato. During this time he learned the area of Southern Minnesota well, often covering stories in Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Austin. After a few years in Mankato, he moved on to anchor for Channel 12 news in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Here he was introduced to the competitive spirit of the Twin Cities. From there, Matt moved to take on the tough winters of Fargo, North Dakota, where he served as weekend anchor and weekday reporter. Now, this Iowa native is back where he belongs.
Throughout his career, Matt has earned multiple awards for his work, including reports on the effects of flooding and tornadoes. He’s most proud of the Eric Sevareid award he earned for co-producing and co-anchoring an on-location newscast from the site of a traveling Vietnam War Memorial during its visit to Crystal, Minnesota.
While away from work, Matt spends as much time as possible with his wonderful wife, Danielle, and their son, Mark. He also enjoys reading, golf, and skiing.