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.
SNOWBIRD, Utah — It may be unofficial, but it appears Snowbird Ski Resort is about to break its all-time record for snow in a single season. “688 inches, year-to-date,” said Brian Brown, Communications Manager for Snowbird. The all-time record is 690 inches, set in the 2010-2011 season. The resort stops keeping its formal measurements on April 30. But May has been stormy this year with more than a foot of snow falling in the past week. “It continues to snow, […]
OGDEN, Utah — A 16-year-old girl from West Haven is recovering after being hit by a car while riding a Lime scooter. “I have a cut up knee, I have some rashes, I like hurt this calf muscle and I have bruises,” said Abby Wagstaff. Abby was going north on Wall Avenue. She said she was in the crosswalk at 31st Street and traffic was stopped Saturday night. She said a silver SUV started to drive, hitting her in the […]
WENDOVER, Utah — Authorities are asking for help identifying the person(s) responsible for theft and vandalism at an archaeological site near Wendover. According to Utah State Parks, the thief or thieves broke into the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site and stole everything inside, including educational artifacts, lighting and safety equipment. “Everything. They took everything that was in there,” said Justina Parsons-Bernstein, the Heritage Resource Manager for Utah State Parks. The teaching artifacts included an ancient projectile and a piece […]
SALT LAKE CITY — It is undeniably frustrating. “It’s happened to all of us. Nothing is more frustrating than when you’re trying to get somewhere and you get stuck behind a train,” UDOT spokesman John Gleason said. For people living or commuting on the west side of the valley the railroad crossing on 5600 West is often a choke point. “It takes forever, I’ve been stuck there 30 minutes to an hour morning and nights,” said Alejandra Nai who commutes […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The list of claims is long. Help with stress, anxiety, pain, sleep, depression and more. CBD or cannabidiol is a component extracted from the marijuana plant. From smoke shops to health food stores, CBD is showing up in products like lotions, edibles, vape juice, bath bombs and more. There are even CBD infused bottles of water. “The psychotropic affect isn’t there,” said J.D. Hakes, a regular CBD user. “You’re not going to get high.” One recent […]
NORTH OGDEN, Utah — A group called “Follow the Flag” presented a documentary to honor the late Utah National Guard Major Brent Taylor Saturday. The documentary, entitled “Healing Flight 1” premiered at Walker Cinemas in North Ogden. Major Taylor was the Mayor of North Ogden but was killed November 3, 2018 while on duty in Kabul, Afghanistan. The documentary tells the story of efforts to honor Taylor and his family throughout the week around Veterans Day last year. It documents […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Five years ago, Antonio Ortega left his home in Venezuela and moved to Utah. It was not by choice. “We never intended to move,” Ortega said. “I never imagined in my head that I was ever going to be living in Utah.” Ortega says he was a founding member of Voluntad Popular, the political party leading a revolution in Venezuela. Juan Guiado, a member of the party, is recognized by the United States as the legitimate […]
RIVERTON, Utah — A Unified Police school resource officer was injured in an altercation with a 21-year-old trespasser at a school in Riverton on Monday. The incident happened at South Hills Middle School, 13508 S 4000 W. “The school resource officer at South Hills Middle School noticed a male on their property that obviously did not belong there,” Sgt. Melody Gray with Unified Police Department said. The officer confronted the trespasser around 2 p.m. “As the officer approached this male, […]
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — The plans are not set. No decisions have been made. But already some homeowners in Cottonwood Heights have been notified they could lose their homes. “We don’t want a five-lane road coming through this mountainous community we live in,” said Jason Coffman. Coffman lives in one of six houses that could be torn down if one option to expand Wasatch Boulevard between Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons is chosen for expansion. “You can’t get this canyon […]
OGDEN, Utah — Being a champion takes years of practice and dedication. For Dusty Hanks of Bountiful, the journey began fifteen years ago. “I never really knew you could compete or make a living at sky diving,” said Hanks. Hanks is a coach at iFly Utah in Ogden. Over the weekend, his four-person team won another world title at the F.A.I. World Championships in France. His team competes in a category where they all stay vertical and arrange in different […]
SALT LAKE CITY – On Wednesday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate for president made a stop in Utah. “Yes, I stand with Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante,” Senator Warren said to a cheering crowd inside the Depot in downtown Salt Lake City. Her campaign staff had to set up an overflow area downstairs and turn some people away at the door. They estimated the total crowd to be around 2,000 people. More large crowds at political events in […]
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — A grant from Facebook set the stage for a hot parenting topic, keeping kids safe online. Oakdale Elementary hosted a parents night Tuesday, with nationally recognized speakers to help parents navigate the digital world. “Mentoring, not monitoring is much more helpful for our children. Talk with your kids. Watch them. Watch them play and play with them. Be a little playful,” said Anne Collier, Executive Director of the Net Safety Collaborative. Collier and others, encouraged parents […]