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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
  • Ticket prices for Jazz vs Clippers climb ahead of anticipated sellout in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — If you’re looking to score seats to Friday’s Game 6 between the Jazz and the Clippers, you better act fast. “Certainly will be a sellout, this will be our third sellout of the playoff and our 30th sellout this season,” said Frank Zang, a Utah Jazz Spokesman. “Tickets are available, but only in limited quantities.” UtahJazz.com is the official sales site for the team. As of Wednesday afternoon, the cheapest seat available was for $249 in […]

  • High avalanche danger forces road closures

    SALT LAKE CITY — High avalanche danger in the mountains forced partial road closures in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Tuesday. Alta announced on Twitter the main road was closed once you passed Snowbird. More snow is expected this week.

  • National Monument executive order expected

    SALT LAKE CITY — President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday morning directing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review the Antiquities Act. Many see it as a first step in undoing the designation of the 1.3 million acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. President Obama created the monument late in 2016, despite the opposition of all of Utah’s federal delegation. “For years I’ve fought to check the abuse of power under the Antiquities […]

  • Utah’s Jewish community is marking Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Liesel Shineberg was a six years old Jewish girl living in Nazi Germany in the World War II era. “My generation is dying out and if we don’t speak, who will speak after us,” said Shineberg. She says her parents, fearing for their safety, worked with a couple in Holland to sneak her and her brother out of Germany using another child’s passport. Heartbroken, she remembers her brother threatening her not to cry as they left their parents behind. In […]

  • Utah woman and step-grandson missing in Grand Canyon National Park

    GRAND CANYON — A Utah woman and her step-grandson are missing in Grand Canyon National Park after being swept away in Tapeats creek on Saturday evening. Sixty-two-year-old LouAnn Merrell of Vernal and 14-year-old Jackson Standefer of Chattanooga Tennessee were on a planned trip to the backcountry in a remote part of the park. According to Chief Park Ranger Matt Vandzura, they were with a group of four crossing Tapeat creek when they got swept into the current from the spring […]

  • Mom arrested after toddler left alone in car for hours in downtown SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY – A mother has been arrested and faces a felony charge of child abandonment Wednesday after she allegedly left her 21-month-old daughter alone in a locked vehicle for about two hours. According to police at the scene, things began around 4:30 p.m. when someone noticed a woman parking a car in the area of 500 West and 300 South. The car was between the Rio Grande and the Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub, which is a transit station that services […]

  • Brawl at Rio Grande over drugs, police say

    SALT LAKE CITY — As the county is focus on finding a new homeless shelter site, police worry about the existing one. In the video above Matt McDonald explains why this brawl isn’t any different from the rest.

  • BYU student breaks up with boyfriend over Spotify

    PROVO, Utah — BYU students Wyatt Hall and Kirsten Titus met through a pair of common friends. They soon discovered they were in the same finance class. Time spent in the same social circles soon led to a date. “We went to IKEA, we did a scavenger hunt there featuring, meatballs,” said Titus. It was a double-meatball date with friend Sam and Dasha. “We went around hiding meatballs and then Sam and Dasha had to find the meatballs we hid […]

  • Utah man wanted for sexual abuse of a minor turns himself in months after faking his death

    WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Ted Whitehead, a man police believed to be dead, walked into the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office Saturday morning just after 10:30 and turned himself in. “We had suspicions that he may have faked his own death but we didn’t have any solid evidence,” said Lt. Jeremy Curry with the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office. Whitehead faced charges of sex abuse of a minor in Duchesne County in April of 2016. He posted bond while waiting for trial. […]

  • Mayor rescinds offer to place homeless shelter in Draper after push-back from residents

    UPDATE: Mayor Troy Walker has rescinded his offer to place a homeless shelter in Draper after Wednesday night’s meeting. Walker told Fox 13 News that he decided to rescind the offer after hearing all of the negative feedback from residents in his city. Previous story continues below: DRAPER, Utah — Draper Mayor Troy Walker joked early Wednesday afternoon that the open house scheduled for later that evening to get feedback on his proposal to offer up two sites for consideration for […]

  • Draper City, Salt Lake Co. officials announce new potential homeless center sites

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — In the final days before Salt Lake County has to submit it’s location for where it wants to build a new homeless resource center to the State Homeless Coordinating Committee, two new sites have been added to the list. “Draper wants to help. Let’s see if we can find a location in Draper,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. Draper’s Mayor, Troy Walker, is the one who proposed the idea. “It’s the right thing […]

  • Salt Lake Co hosts last homeless center open house

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Salt Lake County hosted its last homeless center open house to get feedback on six proposed locations on Monday. One location has to be picked by March 30th and submitted to the State Homeless Coordination Committee to be eligible for funding approved by the legislature. “We want to separate some of the predators in homelessness from the people who are vulnerable,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdam. The county’s choice will be in addition […]