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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
  • Health officials look for ways to curb Utah’s opioid problem

    SALT LAKE CITY – Intermountain Medical Healthcare system is asking its doctors to take a hard look in the mirror to address the rising epidemic of opioid addiction. “A 40% reduction in prescribing habits for acute pain prescriptions by the end of 2018,” Dr. Todd Allen from Intermountain Medical Healthcare said.  “40%, it’s a big, audacious goal.” Opioids are commonly used to reduce pain and suffering by patients.  But the class of drugs can be highly addictive. “Probably about 80% […]

  • Utah families who lost sons in combat in Afghanistan react to Pres. Trump’s address

    SALT LAKE CITY – President Trump signaled the beginning of a more aggressive approach to the war in Afghanistan Monday. “I’m not going to say when we are going to attack, but attack we will,” the President said during a prime time address from Fort Myer, Virginia.  “The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory.  They deserve the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win.” The […]

  • Organizers of LOVELOUD Fest hope to start conversations about acceptance

    OREM, Utah – The LOVELOUD Fest to benefit LGBTQ youth kicks off in Orem August 26 and will feature bands like Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees. The event organizers hope to open up conversations about acceptance to help anyone who is struggling. Lance Lowry, the director of the festival, said he’s dealing with his own loss as the event approaches. “A little over a month ago, I lost my brother to suicide and it was shortly after we’d begun working […]

  • Utah guardsman killed in Afghanistan identified

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A member of the Utah Guard was killed and 11 others were injured Wednesday during combat operations in Afghanistan. Aaron Butler, 27, of Monticello, died “when he entered a booby-trapped building that exploded while his group was fighting members of the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan,” according to a family friend. Governor Gary Herbert said a 12-member team was clearing a building for safety in Eastern Afghanistan. “As they were clearing a building for safety purposes issues there, […]

  • Thousands gather at Unity rallies in SLC in response to Charlottesville violence

    SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands gathered in two separate rallies in Salt Lake City on Monday. Both rallies were to show support and unity for the people in Charlottesville, Virginia after a white supremacy rally met with protesters turned violent. “We can stand as an example of light. I’ll tell you we can fight hatred,” said Republican Congresswoman Mia Love from the steps of the Utah State Capitol. Love spoke at the rally, which was originally organized by the Utah […]

  • Spanish Fork teen wins division at CrossFit World Games

    SPANISH FORK, Utah — Dallin Pepper beat out competitors from as far away as Abu Dhabi and Europe to win one of the teen divisions of the CrossFit World Games last weekend. Pepper earned the moniker of Fittest Teen on Earth at the competition in Madison, Wisconsin. “Hard work pays off, that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned, and you can do anything you set your mind to,” Dallin said of his journey. But Dallin said he hasn’t always excelled at […]

  • Residents allowed to return to homes after brush fire prompts evacuations in Springville

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah — Residents in 20 to 30 homes who were evacuated due to a brush fire in Springville have been allowed to return to their residences, though fire crews remain on scene Wednesday night. Lt. Warren Foster of the Springville Police Department said the fire began around 6:45 p.m. due to a lightning strike, but fortunately some rainfall in the moments afterward helped crews contain the fire. Foster said residents in 20-30 homes in the area of 1150 North […]

  • At least 8 U.S. flags stolen from Syracuse neighborhood

    SYRACUSE, Utah — At least eight times since June, American flags have been stolen from the Still Water Estates neighborhood near 2000 W 3700 S in Syracuse. “Maybe by getting the word out somebody will come forward with the information as to who is taking American flags off the poles,” said Detective Erin Behm with the Syracuse City Police Department. Ryk Rawley didn’t need to be told about the thefts, he knew first hand. The flag he was flying was […]

  • Utah firefighter accused of stealing drugs from fire station

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Brenden Ivie, a part-time employee at Unified Fire Authority was arrested over the weekend for breaking into the Pleasant Grove Fire Station to steal drugs. “When we took him into custody he had an IV catheter in his arm, inserted into his vein,” said Lieutenant Britt Smith with the Pleasant Grove Police Department. At least three times since June, drugs turned up missing. “We knew it was somebody who had an intimate knowledge of a fire […]

  • Sunday marks 10-year anniversary of deadly Crandall Canyon Mine collapse

    EMERY COUNTY, Utah — Ten years ago Sunday, there was a “mine bump” deep in the bowels of the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah’s coal country. Over the next few days, six trapped miners would be left for dead and three more men would perish trying to rescue them. The Crandall Canyon Mine is in Emery County, about 15 miles from the town of Huntington. The local and national news media descended on the mine and made its owner Robert […]

  • Search for missing American Fork man expands across Salt Lake Valley

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — The search for a missing American Fork man is expanding across the Salt Lake Valley. Paul Swenson disappeared after he left his home in American Fork last Thursday. “When he left that day, his behavior with his wife she described as being strange and not himself…caused her to believe that he may be suffering from a medical condition or mental health crisis,” said Sgt. Josh Christensen, American Fork Police Department. His car was found near […]

  • Advocates for medical marijuana ballot initiative rally at Utah State Capitol

    SALT LAKE CITY — A first and crucial step in putting the decision about medical cannabis in the hands of voters wrapped up this weekend. Advocates had to host a series of public meetings before they can start gathering signatures. In addition to those meetings, advocates held a rally Saturday at the Utah State Capitol “I honestly believe people are like, ‘These [meetings] are technicalities, we’re just waiting for us to, where can we sign?'” said Christine Stenquist, a patient […]