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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
  • Payson residence narrowly missed by plane that struck neighbor’s home

    PAYSON, Utah — A close call for a Payson family. The Geldmachers live right across the street from the house hit by a plane early Monday morning. “It really shook our house and then a really loud explosion,” said Tyler Geldmacher. Police believe the pilot, Duane Youd, intentionally flew the plane into his own house following an arrest for domestic violence. Youd was killed. His wife and her adult son, in the house at the time, were not seriously injured. […]

  • UHP warns motorcyclists as fatalities spike in Utah

    UTAH – A rash of fatal motorcycle crashes have prompted a warning from the Utah Highway Patrol. “It hasn’t been going good by any means, year to date we’ve had 35 motorcycle-related fatality crashes, resulting in 36 deaths,” said Sergeant Nick Street with Utah Highway Patrol. By comparison, 2017 saw 39 motorcycle-related deaths for the entire year. “She didn’t know that going on a motorcycle was going to end her life,” said Codie Backus. Backus was a family friend of […]

  • Rafters rescue pilot in crash near Utah-Colorado border

    MESA COUNTY, Colo. — A plane crash near Utah’s eastern border turned a pair of rafters into rescuers. “We saw a plane fly low over the river and about 15, 20 minutes later we saw it crumpled up in a heap at the edge of the river,” said Max Meneley. Meneley was rafting down the Colorado River east of Moab on Tuesday afternoon.  Meneley didn’t just spot the plane, he also found the pilot. Meneley and another rafter then paddled […]

  • Riverton man suing McDonald’s, Coca Cola after allegedly having drink spiked with opiates

    RIVERTON, Utah – A Riverton man is suing McDonald’s and Swire Coca-Cola after he allegedly had his drink spiked at a McDonald’s with the heroin substitute Suboxone. In a complaint filed in Utah’s Third Judicial District Court, the plaintiff Trevor Walker alleges that his diet coke was spiked on Aug. 12, 2016, at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Riverton. According to the complaint, Walker and his family went through the drive-thru, where they ordered two happy meals, two chicken sandwiches, and […]

  • Trans attendees of LoveLoud Festival say they had issues using gender inclusive bathrooms

    SALT LAKE CITY – It is a problem many transgender people face. “I have that fear every time I go into a bathroom, like what’s going to happen,” said Bobbee Trans Mooremon, a board member at Queer Meals in Provo. One place Bobbee hoped she would not face the issue was the LoveLoud concert in Salt Lake City. The concert was created by Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds to support LBGTQ organizations and affirm youth in Utah, no matter […]

  • TV’s annual ‘Shark Week’ is winding down, but Loveland Living Planet Aquarium celebrates the feared and misunderstood fish all year

    DRAPER, Utah — “Shark Week” is wrapping up its thirtieth season on The Discovery Channel, but every week is “Shark Week” at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper. “There are 8 different species of sharks in there,” Aquarist Nikki Mason said pointing to aquarium’s tunnel. Among them are Nurse, Blacktip, Sandbar and Zebra Sharks. Aquarium staff says the sharks are a lot smarter than people think. “When we actually feed the sharks we have several different stations,” Steve Vogel, Director […]

  • Heat acts as fighting force against Utah fire crews

    SALT LAKE CITY — Fire crews are battling more than flames in Utah, perhaps their toughest opponent is the heat. “The heat exhaustion issue this time of year, whether we’re doing a structural protection or wildland, it’s equally as bad,” said Captain Adam Davies with the Salt Lake City Fire Department. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week he was on the front-lines of different grass fires. The high temperatures during each fire has been in the mid to upper […]

  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at Days of ’47 Rodeo

    SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made a stop at the Days of ’47 Rodeo Tuesday night. “Well it’s great to be back in Utah,” Zinke said from the stage after being introduced by Governor Gary Herbert. After a few brief thank you’s, he talked about why he recommended President Trump shrink the boundaries of Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. “These actions were based on the principle that access to our public […]

  • Utah Police Officer Related to Victim of LDS Church Shooting

    FALLON, Nev. – In Fallon, Nevada Police Chief Kevin Gehman gave an update Monday on the fatal shooting inside an LDS church on Sunday. “It’s too early to understand the motive but initially it does not appear this attack was directed at the church, but an individual victim that was attending services,” said Gehman. The man who died was Charles Miller, a volunteer firefighter well known and loved in Fallon.  Nearly four-hundred miles away in Mapleton, Utah the news hit […]

  • One person dead, one injured in shooting at LDS Church in Fallon, Nevada

    FALLON, Nevada — One person is dead and another injured after a shooting Sunday at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Fallon, Nev. The shooting took place at the church located at 750 West Richards Street during services according to Kaitlin Richins, a spokeswoman for the City of Fallon. “A tragedy’s occurred today in the City of Fallon,” Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford said.  “And we’re all very sorry that it has.” Late Sunday, the victim of […]

  • Man carjacks vehicle in Midvale with kids in the backseat, 13-year-old girl puts up a fight

    MIDVALE, Utah – Police are searching for a man who carjacked a vehicle at a Midvale gas station Sunday. The man probably didn’t know two kids were in the backseat, and one of them put up a big fight. Surveillance video shows a man in a white shirt walking to the Phillips 66 gas station at 335 West 7200 South. He then hops in the  white car and drives off. When the driver realized two children were in the car, […]

  • Community mural brightens up some blank spots in downtown Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — “The Blocks” is Salt Lake City’s new cultural core and it has a new art project. The city invited people to work on the “200 West Community Mural” near the Salt Palace this weekend. “With the culture core initiative we identified different space, different spaces in the city that just feel a little stagnant,” Tyler Bloomquist, the artistic director with Downtown SLC Presents said. The 150-foot mural is a “paint by numbers” project, where anyone can […]