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
  • ‘Foxtail’ seeds posing greater danger for dogs

    SALT LAKE CITY — Veterinarians across Utah are seeing a spike in cases of animals needing treatment after getting ‘foxtail’ seeds embedded in their bodies. “We’ve pulled them out of their tonsils before, we’ve had them perforate the esophagus. If they were to enter into the windpipe, they could get into the lungs,” said Dr. Eric Belnap, a veterinarian at Sugar House Animal Hospital. Belnap attributes the increase this year to the wet spring, leading to more of the foxtails […]

  • Olympia Hills development back on the table

    HERRIMAN, Utah — Olympia Hills, the planned community proposed just west of Herriman that was shot down by then-Mayor Ben McAdams, is back for round two.  Developers recently submitted new plans cutting down the number of housing units. “I think you have to do high density very attractively,” said Doug Young, the manager for the Olympia Hills development. The original plans called for around 8,700 housing units — a mix of apartments, townhomes, condos and houses.  The new plan cuts […]

  • Better Business Bureau warns of unethical private parking enforcement in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — A string of complaints has prompted the Better Business Bureau to warn consumers about a local company called Parking Solutions. Several people claim they have had their cars booted in the lot next to Zupas and Jamba Juice near 600 East and 400 South. “He raced up there and blocked my car horizontally with his car and then he took a boot out and booted my car,” said Jennifer Davis of Salt Lake City. Davis said […]

  • Utah woman says she had uncomfortable date with murder suspect

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman who went on a date with Ayool Ajayi, the man accused of killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, says she ended it after one uncomfortable date. “I met him on Bumble, the online dating app,” said the woman speaking with Fox 13 News on the condition of anonymity. The online meeting was last year. After chatting through the app, the two decided to meet for lunch where things took an uncomfortable turn. […]

  • McCluskey family to file Title IX lawsuit; attorney says suit is designed to improve safety

    SALT LAKE CITY — On Thursday morning, Matt and Jill McCluskey, the parents of slain University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, are expected to file a Title IX lawsuit in federal court. “This is a lawsuit designed to encourage universities to create a safer environment,” said James W. McConkie, an attorney for the McCluskey family. Virtually every school that receives some type of federal funding is required to meet Title IX standards. “Ultimately, Title IX has express provisions that says […]

  • Neighbors concerned about future Sandy development

    SANDY, Utah —At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Sandy City Council approved a master plan to redevelop the area surrounding Rio Tinto stadium. “If you get multiple housing options in this area/neighborhood, and you have small businesses and institutional businesses both, it will re-invent itself over and over,” a consultant working on the master plan told city councilors. Sitting in the crowd at the council meeting was Michael John Carter. He’s lived in Tiny Wood Village, a mobile home park practically […]

  • MacKenzie Lueck: What Salt Lake City Police are saying, and aren’t

    As the search for missing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck stretches past a week, Salt Lake City Police are trying to answer a number of questions.

  • Seniors left without hot water for nearly a week

    MURRAY, Utah — A senior living community in Murray has been without hot water for at least six days. “We just kept being told it will be on tomorrow, it will on tomorrow.  Then every day that goes by, it’s a week and a day and it’s still not on,” said the relative of a resident speaking to Fox 13 News on the condition of anonymity. Olympus Ranch is at 971 East 5600 South in Murray.  The company that manages […]

  • Kearns football players suspended for Pride flag burning, ‘all gays die’ Snapchat video

    KEARNS, Utah — Two students have been indefinitely suspended from the Kearns High football team for a social media post showing a Pride flag being burned and threatening LGBTQ people. A player posted a video on Snapchat last week where someone lights an LGBTQ Pride flag on fire and laughs. Someone in the video is heard saying “all gays die.” Granite School District officials are determining the proper punishment, which could include community service or school suspension for the student […]

  • Teen creates art to help pay for her own medical care

    SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old artist from Ogden is using her own work to help pay for her medical care. “That’s kind of what I try to do — I try to make other people happy,” Ebony Myers said about why she draws. Her works of art, for the last three weeks, have been made while laying in a hospital bed at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. “The medicine, the pain, not my bed. I don’t really feel […]

  • Utah man suspected of shooting 2 men in California, including off-duty deputy

    ALHAMBRA, Calif. — A Utah man was taken into custody Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy, KTLA reports. Rhett Mckenzie Nelson, 30, of St. George, is accused of walking into a Jack in the Box restaurant in Alhambra Monday around 6 p.m., shooting Deputy Joseph Solano, 50, in the head with a handgun one time and fleeing. Solano was off-duty and in plain clothes at the time. He is hospitalized in critical […]

  • Family recounts rescue after car lands upside down in the Logan River

    LOGAN, Utah — “I remember the water coming up inside the cab,” Jed Al-Mari recalled. On Thursday, he was driving back from Bear Lake, coming down Logan Canyon in his truck. His wife, Kathleen, was in the passenger seat. Behind them, his grandkids Ridge, 13, and Darby, 11, were buckled in. The canyon had recently been paved and it was raining, bringing oil up to the surface. “There’s nothing you can do. You can feel the whole truck going and […]

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