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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
  • Col. Sabric becomes first woman to command Utah’s 419th Fighter Wing

    LAYTON, Utah – Saturday featured a historic moment on Hill Air Force Base in Layton. “Colonel Regina A. Sabric assumes command, effective 14 April, 2018,” said the Master of Ceremonies during a change of command ceremony for the 419th Fighter Wing. Colonel Sabric, an accomplished pilot with the U.S. Air Force, became the first woman to command the 419th Fighter Wing. “I think it says a lot of, you know, little boy or littler girl looking up when they’re four […]

  • Police identify suspect after 3 hit by gunfire at grocery store in West Valley City

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Two women in their twenties and a young girl suffered gunshot wounds in their legs at a Smith’s grocery store in West Valley City Wednesday afternoon, and a suspect is in custody. Police confirmed around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that a man taken to an ambulance in a stretcher near the Shadowbrook Apartments is the suspect in the shooting. He was later identified as 36-year-old Rufino Cervantes and has been booked into jail on charges of […]

  • New study examines link between e-cigarette use, quitting smoking

    SALT LAKE CITY — It is a popular choice for Utahns trying to quit smoking cigarettes. “I would say 85 percent-plus are people that are looking to leave traditional tobacco and switch over to this,” said Austin Healy, referring to e-cigarettes or vaporizers. He’s a co-owner of Peak Vapor in Taylorsville. “I’ve been using it for about seven years now, but I’ve cut my nicotine to nearly zero,” Healy said. But he is careful to tell customers it is only […]

  • Police release list of evidence found in case of Utah missing couple

    WEST JORDAN, Utah – A potential break has emerged in the case of a West Jordan couple missing in Arizona.  A bounty hunter working for free found what appeared to be some key pieces of evidence in the disappearance of Jerry and Susan McFalls. During a recent search of the home in Littlefield, Arizona a bullet hole was found in a shed, shell casings were found on the ground and a mattress pad with what appeared to be blood spots […]

  • World War II veteran welcomed home after visiting Pacific islands

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – At ninety seven years old, Master Gunnery Sergeant Keith Renstrom of Pleasant Grove will tell you one thing never changes. “I’m a Marine and I’ll die a Marine,” said Renstrom to a cheering crowd of a few hundred people gathered in front of his home on Monday afternoon. The patriotic surprise was a welcome home for Renstrom, who was coming back from visiting some of the Pacific islands where he fought. “On some of the beaches […]

  • Mayor of White City Township assures residents fears of losing their homes are unfounded

    WHITE CITY, Utah — Hundreds of people packed the auditorium at Alta View Elementary School on Wednesday night, voicing concerns about the new draft of the general plan for White City Township. “Nobody is going to take my home, I can guarantee you,” said Clint Larrabee, a White City resident. But the mayor of White City Township, Paulina Flint, says the fear people have about losing their homes is unfounded. “Nobody is taking their home,” Flint said. She is concerned […]

  • Sandy police seek suspect in sexual assault on walking trail

    SANDY, Utah – Sandy police are searching for a suspect who allegedly dragged a woman off a walking path and sexually assaulted her. According to Sgt. Jason Neilen with the Sandy Police Department, a female in her 40’s was walking on a path near 10195 S Sandy Willow Cove, when the suspect pulled the woman off the walkway, assaulted her, and then fled. “This is an extremely brazen case, where this is in broad daylight, in the middle of the afternoon, […]

  • Vote on funding delayed for Provo 4th of July parade after not including LGBTQ group

    PROVO, Utah – The denial of a group associated with the LGBTQ+ community in Provo’s Fourth of July Freedom Festival Grand Parade last year is holding up funding this year. Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie says he can’t support spending taxpayer dollars on events that are not inclusive. “Anytime we start to exclude groups or individuals from an event, especially a publicly funded event because their views are different than ours, I don’t think that’s American,” said Commissioner Ivie. Last […]

  • Rep. Mike Kennedy joins growing list of GOP candidates challenging Mitt Romney

    SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Mike Kennedy of the Utah State House of Representatives is the latest Republican candidate vying for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s soon-to-be-vacated senate seat. Kennedy is among several GOP candidates now challenging former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to replace Hatch in the U.S. Senate. “We need a candidate who’s actually lived, worked and raised a family in the state of Utah,” Kennedy said. Kennedy compared entering the race with Romney to learning to play basketball. “You go […]

  • Video released of fatal courtroom shooting in Salt Lake City (Warning: Graphic Content)

    SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities have released the video of a US Marshal shooting an accused gang member who tried to attack a witness with a pen at the Salt Lake City Federal Courthouse.

  • Snow sculptor turning heads in Millcreek

    MILLCREEK, Utah – A Millcreek artist is turning heads and slowing traffic with his elaborate snow sculptures. “The thing about snow is, the imagination sort of fills in where the boundaries of the snow ends,” said Shane Foster while making a new creation. He’s built life-sized rhinos, horses, sea turtles and more in his neighbor’s yards. “I’m trying to show kids you can do a lot more with snow than just make a snow fort,” said Foster. For neighbors young […]

  • Suspect wanted for hit-and-run in SLC arrested after parking in front of victim’s house

    SALT LAKE CITY — More than three weeks after a man on a long board was critically injured in a hit-and-run, a suspect is behind bars after parking in front of the victim’s home. Austin Bryson, 25, suffered critical injuries when he was hit by a car near Liberty Park February 4. The driver fled the scene, and police released surveillance footage that showed the suspect vehicle.  Tuesday, police got a break in the case. Austin Bryson said things began […]