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
  • ‘My eyes were screwed shut’ – Utah woman speaks on rescue from Norway cruise ship

    NORWAY — Barbara White, of Holladay, was on a trip to remember with her daughter. They were cruising along the coast of Norway, stopping for reindeer-drawn sleigh rides and excursions to see the northern lights. “It was wonderful until everything went wrong,” said White. The Viking Sky cruise ship lost engine power, prompting a distress signal on Saturday. The seas were getting rough and soon, Barbara and her daughter were watching furniture sliding around the ship. “One table flipped itself […]

  • Team that helped find WWII veteran’s remains in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – Part of the team who found a Utah soldier’s remains more than 70 years after he was killed in combat in World War II is in the Beehive state for the funeral. “When we found the pilot, Lt. Hadfield’s wings, his flight wings. They would be right over his chest in those final moments,” said Charles Thudium, a geologist who works with History Flight. History Flight is a non-profit that travels the world trying to recover […]

  • Remains of missing WWII pilot returned to his family in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — The remains of a World War II pilot who disappeared 74 years ago while flying a mission over Germany were returned to his family in Utah Tuesday. Second Lieutenant Lynn W. Hadfield, of Salt Lake City, disappeared on March 21, 1945 after the aircraft he was piloting was hit by anti-aircraft fire. “Only thing my mother and my grandmother knew, his mom, was that he was shot down over Germany and that was it, for years […]

  • ‘It’s about being a mother to my kids’ – SLC mayor won’t seek reelection

    SALT LAKE CITY — Citing a personal and private family matter, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski withdrew her name from consideration for a second term in office. “As this is a private issue involving our children, that is all I want to say on the matter and I appreciate your respect for our privacy,” said Biskupski. You can read Biskupski’s full statement here.  Her departure from the race leaves the door wide open. “Obviously, Jim Dabakis is still the […]

  • ‘Not all Jazz fans are like that’ – Utah man wants world to take note of #HumaneJazzFans

    SALT LAKE CITY — Google “Utah Jazz Fans” and you will find some unflattering headlines. For example: ‘Utah Jazz: The Most Disgusting Fans in the NBA’ The most recent bad press stems from an argument on Monday night between a fan and Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook said the fan hurled racist remarks at him. After investigating, the Jazz banned the fan from the arena. “I wanted to make sure the national narrative wasn’t spun, you know, that all […]

  • Utah County man helping sheriff’s deputies stop phone scam

    SALT LAKE CITY – On Sunday, Brody Chipman was walking out of a movie when he got a voicemail that appeared to come from Lt. David Oliver with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department. The voice on the phone said in part, “This message is for Mr. Brody Chipman. Mr. Chipman this is Lt. David Oliver again, Utah County Sheriff’s Office…I need to speak with today Mr. Chipman or there could be some serious legal implications.” Chipman got on his computer […]

  • Technology changing avalanche control in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — For decades, the Utah Department of Transportation has used exploding artillery to trigger avalanches. “Our most effective tool is the Howitzer and that’s been used for years and years,” said Shawn Lambert a UDOT District Engineer. The big guns are technically on loan from the U.S. Army. And while they remain a primary tool for avalanche control, they also present a problem. “Because of how they’re designed, they have shrapnel, which is designed to kill people,” […]

  • ‘Remember Lauren’: Father of murdered student asks Utah lawmakers to pass campus safety bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — The father of a student murdered on the University of Utah campus late last year made a passionate plea to Utah lawmakers on Monday. “Remember Lauren. Remember Lauren Jennifer McCluskey,” Matt McCluskey told lawmakers. His daughter, Lauren McCluskey, was shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend. “On October 22nd, a light went out of our lives,” Matt McCluskey said. The House Education committee was hearing S.B. 134, a statewide campus safety bill. The bill would change how […]

  • Local brewers fear higher point beers in stores could put them out of business

    SALT LAKE CITY — Some local beer makers are actually trying to convince Utah lawmakers not to raise the alcohol by weight (ABW) limit to 4.8 percent for what can be sold in grocery stores. “The problem with this legislation is it’s being dictated by these large out-of-country corporate concerns,” said Rio Connelly, Head Brewer and Co-Owner of Proper Brewing. Connelly says he, and other local brewers, make most of their beer for the local Utah market. He estimates 75 […]

  • Utah man charged with child abuse homicide after toddler in his care escapes home, walks into traffic

    GRANTSVILLE, Utah — A man has been charged with child abuse homicide after a young child in his care escaped a home and ran out into a road in Grantsville. Michael Montgomery, 73 of Grantsville, is charged with one count of child abuse homicide in connection with the death of a 2-year-old named Zayden who was hit and killed last month. The boy lived at a home with his mother and with Montgomery off Burmester Road in Grantsville. Authorities responded […]

  • With more snow in some areas of Utah, wild animals are making appearances in unexpected places

    BRIGHTON, Utah — A snowboarder had a close encounter with a pair of moose at Brighton Ski Resort late last week. “Initially I came around the corner and they were probably a good fifty yards away,” said Hall. Hall says a group of skiers spooked the pair. When the moose ran, he started to follow catching part of their gallop on his cellphone. “When I saw it was a mom and her calf. I realized if I fell it could […]

  • Why Salt Lake City is paying for snow this winter

    BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — There’s been a lot of snow lately, but there will probably be even more — because Salt Lake City is paying to give Mother Nature a boost. It’s called “cloud seeding” — shooting tiny particles up in the air, hoping to produce more snow in the mountains. The reason? Not for better skiing or snowboarding — but to build water resources. Larger burners are used to vaporize silver iodide and send it up into the […]

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