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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
  • Volunteer firefighter saves own cabin in Brian Head Fire

    PANGUITCH, Utah — Jim Doyan, JD to his friends, lives in a cabin looking down at Panguitch Lake. When he moved there, he decided to get involved in his community. “I volunteered to help other people,” said Doyan. He joined the Panguitch Lake volunteer fire department. Little did he know, it would be his own department racing to the rescue when a wind shift pushed the flames of the Brian Head Fire to his back door. “If I wouldn’t have […]

  • Sandy gunman made threatening social media post before shooting

    SANDY, Utah — Jeremy Patterson, the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting in Sandy, posted a series of angry comments on social media in the days leading up to the shooting. On Instagram, a post on Sunday features a baby with the caption “I could tell you but its secret.” In the text below the picture, Patterson wrote: “How can someone love you so much and keep you such a secret??…I love Memorez Rackley and she’s never been a secret in my […]

  • Utah baseball team strikes out with ‘Hourglass Appreciation Night’

    OGDEN, Utah – A Utah Minor League Baseball team has some interesting promotions ranging from “Speed-Dating Night” to “Toilet Seat Night.” Enter the Ogden Raptors’ “Hourglass Appreciation Night.” Critics online are saying the team has struck out with this foul ball. It has since been removed from the team’s website. The team said in a statement, “Since an eight looks like an hourglass, what better way to remind the world that baseball needs no clock than to feature 18 hourglass-shaped […]

  • Unified Police looking for suspects who robbed cancer patient’s home in Magna

    MAGNA, Utah — Khit Jo Felix of Magna has been at her 14-year-old daughter Kristy’s side every step of the way for her fight against cancer. A bright spot came last year. The Make-A-Wish foundation sent the pair to meet one of Kristy’s heroes, then-Vice President Joe Biden. “We saw him the day before his birthday, in his office, in the White House,” recalled Felix. Biden was tasked by President Obama to lead the so-called “cancer moonshot” effort. He hand […]

  • Oakley residents make flood preparations as Utah rivers run high

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — The Weber River upstream of Oakley is running high. Robert Swenson’s family home is adjacent to the river, and he said their flood preparations put them on familiar, if not dry, ground. “You got to fight it every year,” he said. “As long as you’re going to live on a river, you’re going to have a flood, that’s just the way it is. Since 1960, the house has been in the family, and Swenson says flooding […]

  • SL Co. Sheriff Jim Winder named as Moab’s next Police Chief

    SALT LAKE CITY — After ten years at the helm, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announced on Tuesday his intention to step down and take a job as the Chief of Police in Moab. “It became evident that the size and scope and complexity of this organization is something that probably for a variety of reasons, I was less suited than I had previously been,” said Winder. Winder said the death of Officer Doug Barney in January of 2016 […]

  • Flood Warning issued for Cache County due to rapid snow melt

    CACHE COUNTY, Utah – The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Cache County, Utah. It will remain in effect until June 5 for snowmelt. Officials said recent rapid warming has led to significant snowmelt causing the Logan River to rise and is likely to cause flooding. The river is forecast to reach flood stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday and peak by Friday. Officials said it will likely remain above flood stage until at least through the first week […]

  • Dealership donates new car to family of Utah teen shot in the head during robbery

    LOGAN, Utah — When the Turner family walked onto the Murdoch Hyundai car lot in Logan, they explained they needed a new car that could fit a wheelchair. The salesman asked a few questions. “They finally broke down and let us know they had about 40 appointments next month in Salt Lake,” said Zach Saxton, new car manager at Murdoch Hyundai in Logan. The Turners are not your average new car customer. Their 14-year-old daughter, Deserae, was found in a […]

  • Salt Lake police locate kidnapping victim, suspect still outstanding

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department has asked for the public’s help in locating a man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint Wednesday morning. Police said 32-year-old Victor Gambino-Perez is responsible for kidnapping 24-year-old Samantha June Medina. According to a statement from SLCPD, police responded to 775 S Post St. at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of shots fired. Witnesses said a man with a gun forced a woman into a car. “We had to secure […]

  • Mapleton senior dies in crash

    MAPLETON, Utah — Monday night in Mapleton, a car accident involving six teenagers claimed the life of Kathrynn Shaw. Shaw was a senior at Maple Mountain High School. She would have graduated on Thursday. Maple Mountain High School had counselors for students and staff struggling with the sudden loss on Tuesday. “For a day they are excited about graduation practice today, it was a totally different feeling today in the school, very somber. You know, Kathrynn would want everyone to […]

  • After long awaited talk – Chaffetz speaks to Comey

    SALT LAKE CITY — The long awaited conversation between Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, Chairman the House oversight committee, and James Comey, former FBI Director, has finally happened. On Monday, during a visit to the Fox 13 News Studios, Chaffetz got a call from Comey. Minutes later Congressman Chaffetz tweeted. Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with Special Counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed. @GOPoversight — Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 22, 2017 Chaffetz has asked the former FBI […]

  • 1,051 nights: Utah astronomer’s patience pays off with discovery of supernova

    ERDA, Utah – What started as a routine search of the night sky ended with a big discovery for a Utah astronomer earlier this month. Patrick Wiggins is a NASA Ambassador to Utah, and he has spent hundreds of nights awaiting this moment. “It was 1,051 nights, I actually checked on that, how many nights I’ve been looking for these things: And I found one!” Wiggins said. Wiggins said he was at his home observatory in Erda last Saturday when […]