"I wanna be a lawyer!"
That's what Matt thought growing up in his hometown of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Then, in college, he stumbled upon the other "family business." It turns out, his grandfather, Ed Breen, was a fixture in Fort Dodge television and radio for more than four decades. Matt graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Broadcasting.
After graduation, he landed a job of General Assignment Reporter/Weekend Weather Anchor at KTIV. It's a job he kept for nearly two years before packing his bags for our sister-station, KTTC, to anchor morning and noon newscasts in Rochester, Minnesota. Before he knew it, Matt was back in Siouxland anchoring morning and noon newscasts here at KTIV. Then, in January 2002, he "traded places" with anchor Al Joens, to anchor "News 4 at Six" and "News 4 at Ten". Now, Matt anchors "News 4: Live at 5", "News 4 at Six" and "News 4 at Ten" weeknights.
Over the last 22-years, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association has repeatedly recognized Matt's professional skill as an anchor, producer and reporter. But, it was Matt's work in 2009 on the newscast remembering the 20th anniversary of the crash of United Flight 232 that earned him an Emmy award. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Matt's writing, producing and anchoring skill with Emmy awards in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In June of 2012, Matt was one of a handful of journalists, from all around the country, who were invited to the White House for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama.
Matt's wife, Bridget, also has a place in at "News 4". She's KTIV's General Manager. They have three children, R.J., Elizabeth and Jason. And, in May of 2015 when they adopted a two-month-old "borador" (border collie/labrador retriever mix), named Hadley, from the Siouxland Humane Society.
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