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Matt McDonald is a weekend anchor and reporter for Fox 13. A graduate of Oregon State University’s engineering program, his path to journalism has been a long one, including a year living abroad in Shanghai, China.

Returning to the states in 2001, he spent some stereotypical time trying to figure out what to do with his life. That didn’t last long before his wife, Brenda, said “get a job.” Stints in marketing, film production and an internship on the reality show “The Apprentice” followed, though barely qualifying as work.

Ready to return to college for a second degree in broadcast journalism, Matt landed a job running the audio board at the launch of KOHD, an ABC affiliate in Bend, Oregon. Six months later Matt started his first year as a reporter, culminating with a Society of Professional Journalists award as the “best new reporter” in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

With his professional passion on track, Matt soon started life’s other great adventure…parenting. The father of two kids and a husband for more than 15 years, Brenda, fill life with both big and little lessons. Matt can be found on his days off hanging with the family, creating “Dad’s Big Adventure” (usually a hike, bike or fishing excursion) or, on rare occasions of truly free time, he likes to golf, though he doesn’t play very well.

Recent Articles
  • LDS missionary injured in explosion spreads message of peace 1 year after Brussels attack

    LEHI, Utah — Wednesday marked one year since an explosion ripped through the Brussels airport in Belgium, killing 31 people and injuring many more. Among the injured were three LDS missionaries from Utah. “I don’t know if I want to look at it as a horrific moment, I want to look at it as a saving moment,” said Richard Norby. Norby was serving as a senior missionary when the attack occurred, and he has multiple shrapnel wounds and suffered burns […]

  • After recent floods in Peru, donations are pouring in

    ROY, Utah — Since December, the country of Peru has seen some of the heaviest rains in its history. Over the last two weeks, flooding has intensified. The death toll has reached at least 72 people. “There are people with signs say this is where I used to live and this is where I lost my family, there’s nobody left anymore,” said Carlos Tipiani. Tipiani lives in Roy but is originally from Peru. He returned from his home country on […]

  • New Sesame Street character helps families understand autism

    SANDY, Utah — Raising a child on the autism spectrum is hard. Raising identical twins, both on the spectrum, is even harder. “It might look different for us than other families but sometimes, you know we’re just trying to do things as a family and that’s big for us,” said Holly Vick. Holly and her husband Jason live in Sandy with their five kids, ranging from seventeen-years-old to eight. Gavin and Brody, their youngest are identical twins. Both are autistic. […]

  • LDS church releases statement on Brazil missionary attack

    SALT LAKE CITY — Reaction is pouring in from across the globe regarding a video showing an LDS missionary in Brazil violently fighting off an armed robber. Kay Haney commented on the Fox 13 News Facebook page: “I, like most every missionary I know that went to Brazil, was robbed, it was very scary.” Ryan Abeyta commented: “I had a similar experience in Rio, Brazil on my mission. It was less violent but still traumatic.” Shirlee Dickson of Layton has […]

  • LDS missionary fights off armed attacker in Brazil

    MANAUS, Brazil – A terrifying encounter between two LDS missionaries and an armed robber was caught on a surveillance camera. The LDS church has confirmed the missionaries were working out of the Manaus, Brazil mission. The video appears to show two men ride up on a motorcycle. One man gets off the motorcycle and approaches the two missionaries. He reaches into his belt and appears to have a gun. After a few seconds, one of the missionaries decides to fight […]

  • Police: drunk driver crashes into family home, kills toddler, great-grandmother

    GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Police say a drunk driver crashed into a Wyoming home and killed a toddler and great-grandmother on Friday. The toddler, Stella Doak had just celebrated her first birthday on Thursday. “She was the happiest baby,” said Ian Doak, Stella’s dad. “You hear about drunk drivers getting into wrecks all the time but, my baby girl was playing in the middle of the living room.” Stella was pulled from the wreckage with no heartbeat. Emergency crews were […]

  • Jon Huntsman Jr. accepting offer to become U.S. ambassador to Russia

    Senator Orrin Hatch is confirming former Utah Governor John Huntsman Jr. is President Donald Trump’s pick to become the U.S. Ambassador to Russia. In a statement Senator Hatch wrote: “The President has made a wise choice in selecting Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. to serve as the next United States Ambassador to Russia. He possesses the savvy, grace, and tact characteristic of our nation’s top diplomats, and I am confident he will continue serving our country well as the next ambassador […]

  • Utah Catholics welcome bishop Solis as new head of SLC Diocese

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Catholics have ended a nearly two-year wait by welcoming a new bishop to lead the church in Utah. Oscar Solis, a native of the Philippines who spent the last thirteen years as Auxilary Bishop of Los Angeles, was installed as the tenth Bishop of the Salt Lake Diocese on Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Madeline. “I recognize that the church in Utah, indeed the United States, is diverse and immigrant church. We come […]

  • ‘Sidewalk Sit-In’ outside Rep. Stewart’s office protests online format for town hall event

    SALT LAKE CITY — Republican town halls have been met with protests nationwide, and on Wednesday night Utah Congressman Chris Stewart got the same treatment in a different fashion. “We’re his constituents, things on the ground have changed since the election, people are newly activated and we need to see him and talk to him face-to-face in person,” said JoAnne Slotnik, one of about 40 protesters outside Chris Stewart’s Salt Lake City office. The group gathered to protest the fact that […]

  • Alpine woman reunited with long-lost memories on birthday

    ALPINE, Utah — An Alpine woman got a surprise birthday gift more than six years in the making. Sarah Abbott lost her camera during a party for her son Kale’s eighth birthday. The party had been at Creekside Park in Alpine, not far from her home. “We drove back to the park and looked and looked and looked for the camera and never found it,” Abbott said. The camera never turned up. On Monday, the city of Alpine posted to […]

  • LDS Sandy church remembers bishop, his two children, killed in Iron County plane crash

    SANDY, Utah — Sandy LDS church remembers Bishop Randy Wells, 41, and his two kids after a plane crash killed them in Iron County over the weekend. “He was very intuitive and knew when people needed to talk, even before they did,” said Wendy Davis, a member of his LDS congregation, the Mount Jordan third ward in Sandy. “I consider him my friend first and my bishop second and I’ll miss him deeply as a friend.” He was a friend […]

  • Purple Heart presented posthumously to family of Utah veteran who was held as POW

    SALT LAKE CITY — Earlier this week Senator Orrin Hatch presented a Purple Heart to the family of a World War II veteran who was also held as a prisoner of war. After Staff Sgt. Royce Fuhriman passed away in 2007, his family began wondering why he hadn’t received more military awards. Fuhriman joined the army in 1938 and was based in the Philippines during WWII. “I have all these letters that he wrote his parents about how beautiful it […]