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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
  • Baby delivered in freezing temperatures on the side of the road is doing well

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — It below freezing and snowing outside when Michael Brown and Nicole Bishop were pulled over on the side of S.R. 59 with three kids in the car and another one who wasn’t going to wait to be born. “About five minutes into the car ride, big contraction, water broke and pretty much had to pull over,” Bishop said. The couple was on the way to Dixie Regional Medical Center on Tuesday night when it became obvious […]

  • With winter inversion coming to Utah, hope is on the way with new emission options, regulations

    SALT LAKE CITY — With snow on the ground and relatively stable weather patterns, parts of Utah could see their first serious winter inversion over the next week. Pollution trapped by the inversion can have a wide range of health impacts from burning throats to an increased risk for heart attacks. “Only about 13 percent to 15 percent of our problems come from our refineries,” said Thom Carter, Executive Director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR). UCAIR recently partnered […]

  • Junior high in Sandy experimenting with meditation in class, and the results are promising

    SANDY, Utah — A middle school in Sandy is trying something new to combat anxiety, depression and behavioral problems and it’s probably not something you would expect to see at a junior high. In short, the district is trying some quiet. “It helps with things that middle school students struggle with, like impulse control and just feeling prepared for the day,” said Cathy Nelson, a counselor at Albion Middle School. Using money from a grant, the Canyons School District is […]

  • Video shows armed robbery at Blue Boutique in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — New surveillance video is providing a closer look at the suspect in an armed robbery at the Blue Boutique at 1154 South 300 West. “She goes to greet him, thinking it’s just a regular customer. He comes back right here, and then he grabs her by her shawl and pulls her out,” said Siobhan Morrissey, the store manager at that location. On the video you can see a masked man force one employee out of a […]

  • Authorities release investigation timeline for fatal crash caused by man who later killed Utah cop

    SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Why wasn’t Felix Calata in jail? Calata is the man who was behind the wheel of the car that struck and killed South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell on Saturday night. Calata and accomplice Jeffrey Black were fleeing police who were responding to a burglary call. Since the moment Calata was identified as the driver who killed Officer Romrell, questions have been raised about why Calata was not already in prison. He was already […]

  • Video: Utah deputy captures baby bobcat found enjoying warmth in chicken coop

    KANARRAVILLE, Utah — A baby bobcat was captured in a chicken coop Wednesday morning, and the pint-sized predator was basking in the warmth rather than ruffling feathers. A man in the Kanarraville area called Iron County Sheriff’s Office after discovering a young bobcat in his chicken coop around 8 a.m. Wednesday. Lt. Del Schlosser said wildlife officials weren’t available, so a deputy responded. Deputy Michael Hilleger put on leather gloves before nervously stepping into the coop. He first tried shooing […]

  • 11 people sent to hospital in wrong-way driving related crashes in last 4 days

    (KSTU) — Four days, three crashes, and at least 11 people sent to the hospital from accidents caused by a wrong-way driver. “Wrong-way drivers, we’ve had a number of them recently who’s been, found to have been impaired,” said Sergeant Nick Street with Utah Highway Patrol. Early Saturday morning, Drea Green was hit on Highway 40 near Strawberry Reservoir. The truck that hit her went on top of her car, killing her dog and leaving her with severe injuries. “She […]

  • Cold cases in Utah could warm up, including 40-year-old case with key evidence missing

    SALT LAKE CITY — For 40 years, the murder of Anthony Adams has stumped investigators with the Salt Lake City Police Department. “If we went back to that day, the day of his murder right now, we would do things a lot differently,” said Detective Greg Wilking with SLC Police Department. Adams was found stabbed multiple times in the chest and neck, inside his apartment on First Avenue, just a block from Temple Square. Police collected a bloody knife, but […]

  • Analyst says votes in Salt Lake County will decide winner in Ben McAdams, Mia Love race

    SALT LAKE CITY — As of late Tuesday, the race for Congress between Republican incumbent Mia Love and her Democrat challenger Ben McAdams was down to 1,229 votes, McAdams holding the slight advantage. “For those of that were hoping today was the day when we would have some clarity, it did not come. This is going to stay close to the very end,” said Jason Perry, the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Sanpete, […]

  • Single Utah mother in shock after home catches on fire, belongings destroyed

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A single mother of three boys and a teacher in the Jordan School District is facing a major rebuilding process after her home caught fire. “I said so is it bad and he was like I’m not going to lie, it’s really bad,” said Tiffany Rasmussen describing the call she got from the Fire Department last Tuesday. Tiffany was at work at the time, teaching at Valley High School. “I love working there, it’s an alternative […]

  • Utah County’s still-to-be-counted ballots could flip District 4 race in favor of Rep. Mia Love

    SALT LAKE CITY — One day after the polls closed and over 278,000 votes have yet to be counted. “The counties have to process these by-mails ballots that came in, process the provisional ballots that came in at the polls,” said State Director of Elections Justin Lee. The biggest pools of uncounted ballots are in Salt Lake County (116,093) and Utah County (88,910). A portion of both counties contribute to the District 4 congressional race between Republican incumbent Mia Love […]

  • North Ogden City Council meets for first time since Mayor Brent Taylor’s death

    NORTH OGDEN, Utah — The North Ogden City Council met on Monday night. It was the first official city meeting since Mayor Brent Taylor’s death.  Taylor was killed while serving in Afghanistan on Saturday. Less than a week before his death, Taylor witnessed the election process in Afghanistan. He posted to Facebook. “FREEDOM: Millions Defy Taliban and Vote in Afghan Elections.” “To be able to see those Afghan people, even in the thought they could be killed because they were voting.  […]