Matt is a Pennsylvania native from Montgomery County. He joined the WNEP news team in March 2015 and covers Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County.

Matt comes to WNEP from WBTW News13, where he covered the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Before moving there, he worked at SSPTV in Hazleton.

Matt graduated from Temple University in May 2012. He loves biking around town.

Recent Articles
  • Day without Immigrants in Luzerne County

    LUZERNE COUNTY — On this so-called “Day without Immigrants” there were protests throughout our area, including in Luzerne County. A popular restaurant in Wilkes-Barre Township was one of several businesses that closed for the day. Many Hispanic immigrants in Luzerne County stayed at home Thursday as part of the national Day without Immigrants. In Wilkes-Barre Township, La Totelca has a sign on the door that says, “we closed.” That was also the case at dozens of places in Hazleton. Oscar […]

  • Commonwealth Health Hiring Nurses, Support Staff at 6 Hospitals

    WILKES-BARRE — At a nurses job fair at Wilkes University, seniors were planning their futures and were thrilled to talk to prospective employers. “I’m excited to see what’s out there as a real nurse and not just a student nurse, I’m excited to learn more and help people,” said Anthony Capozucca. Among those at the job fair were representatives from Commonwealth Health. It announced today it’s hiring more than 150 nurses and staff for its six hospitals in our area, […]

  • Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Murder

    WILKES-BARRE — A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to kill a woman by beating her at a home in Wilkes-Barre, slitting her throat, and then dumping her in the woods. A judge then immediately sentenced him, but afterward, that man said he was actually not involved. Nygee Taylor made his guilty plea and received his sentence in Luzerne County Court. Taylor was then taken to prison, even as he continued to claim his innocence. Taylor left the Luzerne County […]

  • Teenager Gives Gift Bags to Cancer Patients for Valentine’s Day

    HAZLETON — Patients at the Cancer Treatment Center in South Hazleton never expected to walk in and receive gift bags. “I think it’s a very nice gesture,” said one woman. Life Scout Jake Morra of Mountain Top handed them out. “Basically, my grandma inspired me to do this,” he said. Jake’s grandmother was recently diagnosed with cancer and had to get treated herself. “It was weird to see her without her hair because she’s always had pretty curly hair,” he said. […]

  • Changes Follow 2007 Valentine’s Day Storm

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — You may have been snowed in or even stranded on an interstate 10 years ago. This week marks 10 years since the so-called “Valentine’s Day Storm” hit our area. Part of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County had to be shut down and many drivers were stuck there for hours and hours. Since that Valentine’s Day, changes have been made so crews are better prepared. Officials we talked to admit not only did their plans to deal with […]

  • Gov. Wolf on Al Boscov’s Passing: ‘He Cared About the Communities He Was In’

    WILKES-BARRE — A public memorial service will be held later this month to honor Al Boscov in downtown Reading, where the department store chain is based. “I think he had a real big heart and he will be missed,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “He cared about the communities he was in. You mentioned Wilkes-Barre, but he also obviously cared about Scranton and Reading, and he did a lot of things to make sure his stores stayed in downtown areas,” […]

  • Governor Pushes Plan to Consolidate Four State Agencies

    WILKES-BARRE — Governor Tom Wolf visited Wilkes-Barre Monday to explain to seniors why consolidating four agencies into one could benefit them. If the plan goes through, the new unified agency would be called the Department of Health and Human Services. “I don’t think anyone in the country is doing this,” said Gov. Wolf. Speaking to seniors at the Charles T. Adams Senior Center on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, Governor Wolf announced his plan to save $90 million a year by […]

  • Woman Charged in Fight with Corrections Officers

    WILKES-BARRE — Authorities charged an inmate from the Luzerne County Prison with assaulting corrections officers. It comes as authorities also announced that nine other inmates at the same jail have been smuggling drugs inside. A hole was found in a visitor’s booth at the Luzerne County jail. Police believe it was used to smuggle several drugs to get inside. Nine people were charged. Meanwhile, another inmate is also facing a contraband charge. Kassandra Lee Martin walked into a magistrate’s office to […]

  • Shoe Collection Drive ‘Kicks Off’ at Wyoming Valley West Middle School

    KINGSTON — A school in Luzerne County wants your old, worn shoes.  Wyoming Valley West Middle School in Kingston is collecting gently used shoes to raise money for school activities. For every 2,500 pairs of shoes donated, the school will get $1,000. School leaders are hoping to raise $4,000. “We are raising funds for our school by helping other children in other countries,” said Principal Deborah Troy. Then, the organization that buys the shoes from the school will resell them […]

  • UPDATE: Hole Repaired on Bridge, Both Lanes of I-81 North Back Open

    UPDATE: Crews finished the emergency bridge work on Interstate 81 north overnight in Luzerne County. Officials say the hole in the bridge has been repaired and both lanes are back open. Interstate 81 north was down to one lane between the Dorrance and Nuangola exits for much of the day on Thursday. DORRANCE TOWNSHIP — There is a single lane closure on Interstate 81 north in Luzerne County after a hole opened up on a bridge. One lane of the […]

  • Many Call Kirby Park ‘The Place To Be’ When Going Sledding

    WILKES-BARRE — A PennDOT plow came rolling through South Main Street in Mountain Top, pushing snow off the road. But there was so much snow there, it made driving anywhere a challenge — that is, depending on who you ask. “I enjoy the snow, I have fun with my truck, but for other people, it’s a little scary,” said Jay Hess of Mountain Top. Some people were brave enough to trek through the snow and get to Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre to […]

  • Paying for State Police Coverage – Looking at the Numbers

    LAFLIN — We are learning more about the governor’s proposal to charge communities that rely on state police coverage $25 a person. In our viewing area, that impacts 315 municipalities, but the governor’s office said, it’s a “reasonable deal.” In Luzerne County, more than two dozen communities rely solely on state police for protection. Laflin is one of them. It dropped its police force in 2014 and many people there say they cannot afford to pay for state police protection […]

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