Matt is a Colorado native but is now addicted to the southern sunshine, sweet tea, and fried chicken!

Matt grew up in a small town tucked away in a high Rocky Mountain valley with a ski area out his back door.

Matt comes to WHNT from the CBS affiliate in Grand Junction, CO. He has worked in newspaper, radio and television since he was 16 years old when he got his first reporting job.

Matt is an Emmy award winning journalist who enjoys getting to tell stories that get people thinking.

He graduated from Colorado Mesa University on the Western Slope of Colorado with a degree in Mass Communications.

When not chasing down the news, Matt can be found wondering the halls at Lowe Mill or hiking on Monte Sano with his puppy #Noah (yes the # is part of Noah’s name)

If you have a story that needs to be told or you just want to say hey, email Matt!

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    Falling ice smashes through I-65 driver’s windshield

    GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT)– A family traveling home to Florida Monday afternoon had a close call after a sheet of falling ice from a passing 18-wheeler, smashed through their windshield. Sara Vazquez and her daughters were driving south on I-65 about20 miles from the Alabama border when the ice hit them. “We were just kinda in shock and covered with glass,” Vazquez told WHNT News 19. Luckily everyone in the car was ok and the car was a rental with […]

  • WATCH: Smash and grab burglar caught on camera

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Small business owners are on high alert in the Rocket City after a series of smash and grab burglaries. The latest victim is Granville’s BBQ on Oakwood Avenue. “This is a big strain on a small business, we lost the money and the resource costs to replace the door and locks,” Granville Bruar says. Granville tells WHNT News 19 there have been nearly ten separate smash and grab burglaries with similar MO’s to what happened to his […]

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    Local group, AshaKiran, to hold cultural training workshops with Madison Police soon

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – AshaKiran, a local community organization that works to promote harmony between different cultures, issued a statement Thursday on the recent incident involving Madison Police and an unarmed Indian man. “AshaKiran is saddened to hear about the recent unfortunate event that occurred last week in Madison concerning a 57-year-old Indian citizen simply walking on the sidewalk in the neighborhood where his son lived and, when police were called to investigate a suspicious individual, resulted with the […]

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    Huntsville Firefighters want pay to be equal of their police counterparts

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Firefighters in the Rocket City are asking for a pay raise. During the Huntsville City Council meeting tonight, the pay increase request is expected to be discussed. About 350 men and women on the front lines of fire safety in the Rocket City — firefighters, fire truck drivers, fire captains and district fire chiefs – make less money than their Huntsville police counterparts. Our news partners at report during a city council work session last week, Huntsville […]


    UPDATE: 1 shot, killed after car hits house on Melody Circle

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police say a 35-year-old woman  was shot and killed during a fight on Melody Circle Wednesday evening. Police say the victim got into a car and attempted to get away following the shooting but crashed the car into a home. A family member told our crew on the scene that a woman was killed. No one inside the home was injured. Police say they have several people detained and are questioning them for more information […]

  • Eric Hall, a former HEMSI employee, is charged with arson, burglary and breaking and entering.  He was booked in the Huntsville/Madison County Metro Jail on $65,000 bond. (Photo: Madison County Metro Jail)

    UPDATE: Former HEMSI employee accused of burning ambulance station, may be linked to other crimes elsewhere

    MONROVIA, Ala. (WHNT)–  A former HEMSI employee is accused of arson after fire destroyed a HEMSI ambulance station. It happened over the weekend, on Saturday morning. The facility was used for ambulance response to the Harvest and Monrovia areas. Tuesday afternoon, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they have made an arrest in the case. Eric Hall is accused of burglary in the third degree, two counts of unlawful breaking and entering into a vehicle, and arson in the second degree. HEMSI employees […]

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    Limestone County 911 center first agency in North Alabama to provide ‘Text to 911’ ability

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Cellphone carriers across the nation are now capable of supporting text-to-911 services, and now Limestone County 911 is providing the service, but it comes with a warning. The ability to text 911 is something the FCC passed new rules forcing cellphone companies to make all devices capable of doing 911 text calls last year, now agencies like Limestone County 911 are rolling out the service. Supporters of the service say the ability to text instead of making a voice […]

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    DreamVision unveils plans for Texas theme park, announces partnership with Shoals area financial company

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Monday, DreamVision Company executives unveiled new details on their massive dual theme park master plan that includes a man-made mountain in Texas and another theme park to be built in north Alabama. The details of the Muscle Shoals area theme park will be made public Wednesday during a media presentation in Muscle Shoals, but Monday, the company announced Provident Global Capital as its financial partner. That company has ties to north Alabama. Wednesday’s announcement is at 11 […]

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    UPDATE: Former Madison pediatrician facing sexual abuse charges

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A former Madison pediatrician is facing sexual abuse charges and is on his way to be booked into the Limestone County Jail, according to Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones. James D. Cartwright was arrested in south Alabama Friday. Agents with the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force brought him back to Limestone County Friday evening. Dr. Cartwright has been indicted on three counts of Sex Abuse 1st Degree and one count of Attempted Sex Abuse 1st Degree stemming from incidents that occurred […]

  • Michael Deon Draper (Photo: Huntsville Police)

    Man charged with 2 counts of murder in 2013 fatal Martin Road wreck

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police confirm a man has been charged with two counts of murder following an investigation into a fatal wreck from Oct. 2013. Michael Deon Draper was charged with two counts of murder Friday, according to Huntsville Police. In Oct. 2013, police said Draper’s car swerved and hit a black Ford  in an early morning accident on Martin Road at Jamar Circle, near Zierdt Road. Dezmond Dennis, 20, and Andres Gentry, 22, lost their lives as a result of the crash. […]

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    UPDATE: Questions linger on billion-dollar Shoals theme park

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a pretty big dream –  $3.5 billion dollar theme park headed to Muscle Shoals. The company behind that dream, DreamVision, is based out of Fort Worth, Texas. They’re proposing to build a pair of theme parks, one in Fort Worth and one in Muscle Shoals. Each park would cost $3.5 billion. In a media release the company describes the dual theme parks as  “two of the largest theme parks in the world: DreamVision SoundScape in […]

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    Huntsville Police officer facing assault charge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville Police officer was arrested and charged with third degree assault, WHNT News 19 confirmed with Police Chief Lewis Morris Thursday. Paige Denise Pinkerton, a 2014 Huntsville Police Academy graduate and current officer, was booked into the Madison County Jail on a third degree assault charge Thursday morning. HPD Chief Morris says the charge follows an incident in a Huntsville restaurant/bar establishment in December of 2014. Chief Morris said a police report was taken from the victim, […]


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