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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
  • Timely rainstorm helps crews get upper hand on fire near Deer Creek Reservoir

    WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — A wildfire on the banks of Deer Creek Reservoir was doused by a sudden burst of rain Wednesday afternoon. “This fire grew really quickly,” Jason Curry with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said. The fire was reported around noon and by 3:30 p.m. it had grown to 250 acres with just 5 percent containment. Air resources were diverted from the Dollar Ridge Fire to help ground crews slow the blaze down. “We […]

  • Timely rainstorm helps crews get upper hand on fire near Deer Creek Reservoir

    WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — A slow-moving rainstorm helped crews get the upper hand on what had been a very fast-moving fire near Deer Creek Reservoir. The fire is burning on the southwestern edge of the reservoir near the top of Provo Canyon, and was first spotted around noon Wednesday. It had burned about 250 acres by Wednesday evening. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it may have been a lightning strike that has been smoldering for a few days. […]

  • 16-year-old drowns after jumping off bridge at popular swimming hole in Lehi

    LEHI, Utah — Search and rescue teams recovered the body of 16-year-old Cole Merrill early Sunday morning after he drowned in the Jordan River. He and a group of teens from Alpine had been jumping off the Old Iron Bridge, a popular swimming hole near 3150 West and 1500 North late Saturday night. “This is kind of a summer hot spot for kids to come out,” Sgt. Thayne Call with the Lehi Police Department said. It is clearly marked with ‘No […]

  • Body recovered after swift water rescue on Provo River

    WASATCH COUNTY, Utah – A man in his fifties visiting from Florida died Tuesday afternoon after falling out of his kayak on the lower Provo River. “This gentleman overturned right at the bridge and then the current, the strength of the water kept him under one of the trestles of the bridge,” said Chief Deputy Jared Rigby with the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office. The bridge Rigby is referring to is for the railroad.  It is a few miles upstream of […]

  • New battle brewing over planned development at the old Cottonwood Mall site

    HOLLADAY, Utah — Lawyers for the company behind a new housing development at the old Cottonwood Mall site have filed a cease and desist order against two groups that oppose the plan. They claim the groups lied to gather signatures for their referendum. Ivory Homes wants to get started on what is now called “Holladay Quarter,” but says the acquisition has been anything but easy. Their latest battle is against the advocacy groups, “Unite for Holladay,” and “We love Holladay.” […]

  • Utah Senator Mike Lee on President Trump’s list of possible US Supreme Court nominees

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Senator Mike Lee is on the list of names President Trump says he will consider as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. “If the President asked me to consider that, I would not say no,” Senator Lee said during a web based town hall on Wednesday night. Senator Lee is likely going to be a popular pick among Republicans. “I think the single best choice that President Trump could make to fill this vacancy is […]

  • Man recalls being stranded in water for 10 hours after deadly boating accident

    NORTH OGDEN, Utah – For ten hours Saturday night, Scott Gorder of Ogden floated in his life jacket waiting for rescue on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. “The other two guys were hanging on the front of the boat, you know, cause the front of the boat still floated upside down,” said Gorder Gorder says the wind had come up suddenly, driving the waves from two feet to around eight feet in just a matter of minutes.   He was with two fishing […]

  • Officials issue warning as toxic algae spreads in Utah Lake

    UTAH LAKE — The Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday a harmful cyanobacteria bloom in Provo Bay has spread to other parts of Utah Lake. The public, their pets and livestock are warned to stay out of Provo Bay, Lincoln Marina, Sandy Beach and the Utah Lake State Park. The warning comes after the DEQ took samples, which tested positive for levels of toxins that exceed the recommended safe levels. “It is important for the public to be aware of […]

  • Utah sees 6th largest ski season tourist numbers on record

    SALT LAKE CITY – Despite mother nature, skiers and tourists aren’t changing their habits, and still flocked to Utah this past winter. This year’s snow season saw just 60 percent of the average snowfall, but people from all over the world came in droves to ski the slopes. “[This year was] the second best year ever in terms of economic impact, 1.3 billion dollars in spending from out of state and local visitors to our ski resorts,” said Nathan Rafferty, […]

  • Experts offer water safety tips after 1 drowning, 2 rescues in Salt Lake Valley

    SALT LAKE CITY — Three kids under the age of four had to be pulled from pools in the last four days in the Salt Lake Valley. For one of those kids, the rescue came too late. It is unknown if it would have mattered in any of the recent cases, but statistically swim lessons can make a big difference. “A lot of us make accommodations to get as many people in as we can due to the safety issues […]

  • SLCC Taylorsville campus closed following flooding

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – A water main break forced Salt Lake Community College to shut down its main campus on Redwood road Tuesday afternoon. “I got here and everything was already flooded,” said Sara DeWitt, a pre-pharmacy student. The break was on the east side of campus.  Water filled a parking lot deep enough to trap a pair of cars. “It’s just saturated with mucky water,” said Craig Widowson. Widowson said his son had driven his car to campus for an anatomy […]

  • Families say goodbye as National Guard members in Utah are deployed

    UTAH – One hundred Utah National Guard soldiers began their one-year deployment to the Middle East Monday afternoon. “We know we’ll be in several different countries. We’ll be split up for our mission,” said Captain Jared Sorensen, the Battery Commander. The soldiers are part of Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery. Many are off on their first long deployment. “We just got married like a month ago,” said Carolina Baird, the wife of Specialist Aaron Baird. Around 1,000 people […]