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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 tips for inversion season

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – On Monday afternoon the air quality in Salt Lake County reached a red level, unhealthy for all groups. “When we go from good air to bad air, we’re probably increasing the rate of heart attacks from 4 to 10 percent,” said Dr. Robert Paine, a pulmonary and critical care physician at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City. The jump in heart attack rates applies to people with pre-existing conditions. Many more people suffer […]

  • Utah County Republican Party joins those calling for County Commissioner’s resignation over harassment allegations

    Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves is being asked to step down from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment. “He’s lost the trust of the citizens of this county,” said Commissioner Bill Lee. The county hired an outside consultant to investigate claims by a female employee about her interactions with Commissioner Graves. Within the complaint are claims including: “[My superior and I] were in a golf cart together and the superior rubbed my leg just above the knee and laughed […]

  • Flooding in multiple Lehi basements causes damage; awful smells

    LEHI, Utah – A smelly and disgusting surprise bubbled up from the drains in the basements of eight town homes in Lehi last Thursday. “Wait a minute, that’s sewage.  This is sewage,” said Laureen Madsen, the owner of one of the townhomes. “It was yellow and there was, there was particles floating around in it,” said Katie Koivisto, another townhome owner.  “It smelled moldy, like a really bad bathroom.  Like if someone went to the bathroom and hadn’t flushed for […]

  • Tribal reactions, and Monument’s Legal Challenges

    SALT LAKE CITY – The moment President Trump signed a proclamation shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, the lawsuits started to line up. “We have a United State Constitution and it sets forth a separation of powers and it reserves to the Congress authority over the property of the United States,” said Ethel Branch, Attorney General for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation is joining the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, the Ute Mountain Tribe and the […]

  • Commission to recommend development goals in Point of the Mountain area

    UTAH – It has the potential to be an economic driver for Utah for the next thirty years. “When you look nationally at having 620 acres anchored between two fast growing counties with the connection of not just rail but the potential of freeway access, 45 minutes to an airport, that is a sweet spot for site selectors for a lot of very large corporations,” said Chris Conabee, Co-Chair of the Point of the Mountain Development Commission. Conabee is quick to […]

  • Utah’s current ‘Police Chief of the Year’ ousted by city council

    DRAPER, Utah — Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts is out of a job following a vote by the city council Tuesday night. “He’s done a good job for us, he’s done good things for us. But look, you don’t have a guaranteed job,” said Mayor Troy Walker. Roberts saw his contract terminated by a 4-0 city council vote with one abstention on Tuesday night. As Mayor, Walker does not get a vote, but he served as a spokesman for the […]

  • 19-year-old dead, 17-year-old in custody after fatal shooting in Sunset, Utah

    SUNSET, Utah — A shooting in Sunset ended in a 19-year-old dead, and a 17-year-old in handcuffs on Tuesday afternoon. Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn said his officers found Hunter Woodson dead inside a home near 1300 North and 400 West. They had been called to the house on a report of gunshots. “We believe it may have just been over an argument over what was owed to somebody versus what drugs were received,” said Chief Eborn. A witness to […]

  • Got ski fever? Don’t fret, resorts are opening on schedule

    SALT LAKE CITY – Do not hit the panic button on the ski season, opening by Thanksgiving is not a key ingredient for one of Utah’s biggest industries. “Last year we had the most skier visits on record and the year before also,” said Katie Van River, the social media and communications manager for Visit Salt Lake. In 2016, most resorts opened after Thanksgiving. This year, at least three will open before or on Thanksgiving. Resort                                   2016 Opening Day                            […]

  • Utah students to perform during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — The Davis High School marching band has packed their instruments for the long trek to New York City. The band will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. “These are incredible kids, they work hard, they have a great attitude. I tell them all the time: ‘I teach the best kids in the best state in the best country in the world,'” said Steven Hendricks, the Davis High Band Director. Hendricks called the honor something […]

  • Salt Lake City Police seek suspect who was stabbed after assaulting a jogger

    SALT LAKE CITY – Police are looking for a suspect accused of groping a female jogger early Friday morning on 500 East at 1700 South. “When the suspect grabbed her and attacked her, she fought back,” said Detective Greg Wilking with the Salt Lake City Police Department. The victim told police she carries a small knife in her hand when jogging in the dark. When she was attacked, she fought back, stabbing the assailant several times. Police believe he likely […]

  • Group aims to recruit Mitt Romney for Senate run

    SALT LAKE CITY – “If you want good government, you need good people in government,” said republican state Senator Dan Hemmert of Orem.   Hemmert says he’s spent less than $100 dollars to launch the website RecruitRomney.com.  On the website, people can add their digital signature in an effort to convince Mitt Romney to get in the race.   “Everyone knows he’s thinking about it, right?  This has been pandered around for months,” said Hemmert, calling the signature effort a […]

  • Teen reported missing in Sandy found safe

    UPDATE: Sandy Police confirmed around 8:10 p.m. Saturday that the missing teen has been found and is safe. Police say tips led detectives to Draper, where the boy was found inside a residence around 7:45 p.m. Police say there is nothing nefarious or suspicious about where the boy was found and added that the occupants of the residence were not aware the juvenile was considered missing. Police thanked all of those who helped search for the teen or who helped […]