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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
  • West Jordan teen honored at Kennedy Center for his art

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — A 7th grader at West Jordan Middle School has found himself on a national stage with his artwork. Hunter Boggess’s work, called ‘Creative Storm’ will be displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. “It’s kind of boosted his self-esteem I think a little bit,” said Hunter’s mom Holly Boggess. Hunter is on the autism spectrum. His teachers call his success with art a breakthrough. “It’s the most fantastic feeling. Every teacher, every special educator is […]

  • Friends say suspect of I-15 standoff in Clearfield struggled with addiction issues

    CLEARFIELD, Utah — While thousands watched a standoff slowly unfold on I-15, a family in Tooele learned a long-loved friend had once again fallen into addiction. “Chris is an amazing man. He really is. He’s had a troubled past, but when he’s sober off of drugs he’s a great guy,” said Kenzie DeHerrera of her friend Chris Lewis. Chris Lewis is the man police say fled officers with a gun on Monday night and ran onto I-15 at 650 North […]

  • Logan man confesses to mailing ricin to President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials

    LOGAN, Utah — William Clyde Allen, a Logan man, has confessed to sending letters laced with the poison ricin to President Trump and the Pentagon. Allen was arrested on Wednesday morning at his home at 380 North 200 West in Logan. He is a former member of the U.S. Navy. “We had indication that he may possess dangerous chemicals in the house. I can’t comment further,” said Doug Davis, an FBI Special Agent from the Salt Lake City Office. The […]

  • Runaway dump truck caught on camera near Park City

    PARK CITY, Utah — A runaway dump truck above Park City was caught on camera Tuesday morning. Perhaps no one had a better look a better look than Brian Owens, an Uber driver who was right in front of the truck on Marsac Avenue. “He kept getting closer and closer and I just had to keep speeding up and speeding up,” said Owens. Owens drove for several miles with the truck right behind him. He knew there was a runaway […]

  • Drivers for popular ‘Door Dash’ app say they were scammed; all their money taken

    SALT LAKE CITY — Kirsta Carlston and Joshua Mortensen are part of the growing “gig” economy in Salt Lake City. They work together using an app called DoorDash to deliver food orders from local restaurants. The money is critical, covering the cost of their rent every month while they work to build their own small business. But last week, Josh didn’t get paid. “I contacted Door Dash and they said that somebody had used FastPay to get the pay and […]

  • Salt Lake City discusses new electric scooters, and where they fit downtown and beyond

    SALT LAKE CITY — The electric scooters zipping around Salt Lake City are the focus of a new online survey. On Tuesday, the Salt Lake City Council got a report on the findings so far. “By far the biggest complaint that we are getting is about sidewalk riding,” said Jennifer McGrath, the Deputy Director of Community and Neighborhoods. It can be confusing. Scooters are not allowed on sidewalks in the downtown area. Elsewhere in the city, scooters can be used […]

  • Kids from low-income areas play basketball to engage; avoid gangs

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — Joshua Dent is twelve years old. He loves playing basketball with the Central City Ballers. “What it does for me, it helps me focus,” said Josh. He is at a critical age. “This is the age that we’re trying to get the kids attention, this is prevention age,” said Andrea Atencia-Valdez, the Choose Gang Free program director. Monday night, Choose Gang Free and the Utah Gang Investigators Association hosted a three-on-three basketball tournament. Central City Ballers […]

  • Couple gets second chance thanks to flood of donations after wedding spoiled by Utah County fire evacuations

    WOODLAND HILLS, Utah — A picture-perfect couple planned a perfect wedding, until the home they planned to use for their wedding reception was put on evacuation notice due to the Pole Creek Fire. “Our wedding decorations, our tablecloths, everything, they`re still sitting at the house because we grabbed the most important stuff and that got left behind,” said Sterling Peterson, the groom. After not having access to their reception location, food, decorations or table settings, the couple needed help. “I […]

  • Residents concerned over expansion plans for Geneva Rock near Point of the Mountain

    DRAPER, Utah — Nearly everyone who has driven around Point of the Mountain, separating Utah and Salt Lake counties, has seen the gravel pit cut into the side of the hill. “Dust that’s strirred up in a mine, it’s the dust that’s a problem,” said Dr. John MacFarland, a neurosurgeon who practices at Intermountain Medical Center. Dr. MacFarland is part of a group called Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. They are asking people to speak out and oppose a […]

  • Utah woman who crashed into fire truck sues Tesla, says Autopilot feature failed to function

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — The woman who was behind the wheel of a Tesla that crashed into a fire truck at high speeds in South Jordan is suing Tesla and a service provider, saying the Autopilot feature failed to work as advertised. According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Heather P. Lommatzsch is suing Tesla Inc., Tesla Motors Utah Inc, and Service King Paint & Body over the crash, which occurred in May of this year. The lawsuit alleges negligence and […]

  • Investigators suspect ‘spree arsonist’ after six wildfires along I-80 in northern Utah

    Six wildfires, all started along I-80 on Monday, are now believed to be linked to an arsonist. “It’s kind of a spree arsonist that was at work,” said Jason Curry, a fire investigator with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. The fires stretch for over 70 miles from mile post 99 in Tooele County to the largest of the group, the Tervels fire, burning two miles east of Echo Reservoir in Summit County. Curry would not elaborate […]

  • Nevada truck driver arrested for raping woman at gunpoint, Utah Highway Patrol says

    KAYSVILLE, Utah — A semi-truck driver from Nevada was arrested after DNA evidence showed he allegedly raped a woman who he met at a Salt Lake City truck stop at gunpoint. On Aug. 8, troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) were called to a reported rape in a rest area off I-15 northbound in Kaysville, a press release sent by the Department of Public Safety said. The alleged rape involved a semi-truck driver, later identified as Talbert Montrell Elzie, and a […]