Matthew Smith is an Anchor/Host for WOWT 6 News Daybreak.
He joined the news team in January 2014. You can see Matt every morning beginning at 4:30 a.m. on the anchor desk, or during his "Up to the Minute" segments between 5 and 7 a.m.
He grew up in Michigan, but has moved several times in his adult years. Growing up in Michigan, Matt learned to enjoy the outdoors. When reality set in that Matt wasn't destined to be a professional athlete, he attached himself to local journalists and fell in love with news.
Matt is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan Flint; however, he spent time getting credit from two other schools on the other side of the state. Most of his college years were spent working in a newsroom in Flint, Michigan where he learned from the same people he'd watched on television as a kid.
Matt has worked as an anchor/reporter in El Paso, Texas and Beckley, West Virginia. Though he's met a lot of people since getting into TV news in 2005, Matt says none of the celebrities or politicians will ever trump the real people he meets on the job. He could cite you a number of stories he's proud of, but Matt has a fondness toward one particular story. 29 men died in a massive mine disaster in 2010. Dozens of reporters descended on the small town of Whitesville, W.Va. and left immediately after, but Matt stayed. He chronicled the healing process in that community for more than a year. Matt says he'll never forget the people he met the day he met the family members of the victims, or the people that they became the days and weeks following.
The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters have recognized Matt for multiple stories ranging from his coverage of local government to a story about a young competitive swimmer who had only one arm.
If he's not at work, Matt is likely sleeping (he's on TV at 4:30 a.m.!), reading, or going for a quick run. Matt likes to keep involved in the community, he's hosted numerous functions for charities and even danced in a competition for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of El Paso.