“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 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. Since 2002, he has anchored “News 4: Live at 5”, “News 4 at Six” and “News 4 at Ten” weeknights.
Over the last 24-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. In April of 2018, the IBNA recognized Matt with its highest honor, the Jack Shelley award. The award, which is named for the former News Director of WHO-TV, and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Iowa State University, recognizes a nominee’s “outstanding contribution to the cause of professional broadcast journalism in Iowa.”
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has also honored Matt’s writing, producing and anchoring skill with Emmy awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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, they adopted a two-month-old “borador” (border collie/labrador retriever mix), named Hadley, from the Siouxland Humane Society.
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