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With a passion for giving those without a voice a platform, digging deep into documents to help viewers make informed decisions & holding the powerful accountable for their actions, Regional EMMY® & National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning veteran broadcast journalist Matthew Simon is proud to serve WSAW-NewsChannel 7/Fox WZAW as the station’s senior investigative reporter/anchor.
Matthew joined WSAW-TV in Jan. 2016 after spending two years working as a reporter/anchor in Madison at our CBS-affiliated sister station, WISC-TV News3. With 20 years of experience, Matthew feels blessed to have worked in wonderful communities across the country.
When the medical half of his marriage accepted an emergency department supervisor position at a local northcentral Wisconsin hospital, Matthew feels grateful the station had a place for him, and welcomed him into the NewsChannel 7 family. The Simon family now calls Rib Mountain their home.
During his time at NewsChannel 7/FOX WZAW, Matthew has won numerous awards for his reporting, including on northern Wisconsin’s opiate crisis, which received regional Murrow, regional Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association best series accolades. Also, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association have recognized Matthew’s passion for reporting on veteran’s issues, including the story behind Marine Veteran Jason Simcakoski’s deadly Tomah VA overdose, which inspired a national law change. And his extensive reporting on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs not paying for veterans emergency room bills, and emergency coverage. He also has been part of the team extensively reporting on systemic problems within the state’s juvenile justice facilities.
For two year in a row, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awarded his breaking news anchoring of both the April 2016 Antigo High School prom shooting, and March 22, 2017 Wausau-area mass shooting ‘best spot news’ coverage.
He also helped inaugurate FOX WZAW’s 4:00 p.m. newscast and co-anchored it from 2016-2017. While Matthew still fills in on the anchor desk, after suffering a massive heart attack in June of 2017, he returned to work in January of 2018 to focus on the station’s expanding investigative unit. Upon coming back to WSAW/WZAW, Matthew revealed the genetic diagnosis that led to his heart attack and helped make viewers aware of a lifesaving heart scan that can help predict heart attack risk.
Prior to working in Madison, Matthew was a reporter in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina for Time Warner Cable's 24-Hour statewide news channel, Time Warner Cable News; an investigative reporter/supervising producer for Gray-sister station KTUU-Channel 2 News (NBC) in Anchorage, Alaska; weekend anchor/senior reporter for KTVA-11 News (CBS) in Anchorage, Alaska; reporter for KAKE-News (ABC) in Wichita, Kansas and weekend anchor/investigative reporter for KOMU 8 News (NBC) in Columbia, Missouri. Matthew's career started as a promotions intern/producer at WVTM-TV (NBC) in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
Highlights from Matthew’s career include: covering former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration as KTVA-TV’s political reporter, including anchoring viewers through hours of breaking news coverage that forever changed state history, when Sen. John McCain introduced her to the nation; capture of the infamous BTK serial killer in Wichita, KS & helping start KOMU-TV8’s Target 8 consumer/investigative unit, which is still in existence today.
However, as a cancer survivor, one of Matthew’s proudest career accomplishments was spending three years heading up KTVA-TV’s ‘Cancer Connection’ community service program and campaign. The Alaska Broadcaster’s Association recognized Matthew’s work with service to community and children awards of excellence. Warwick Communications has also honored Matthew’s cancer work with an award of excellence.
In 2016, Matthew was part of the WISC-News3 team the Radio Television Digital News Association recognized for overall excellence, one of the most prestigious honors a news station can receive. His reporting work included in this entry showcased Matthew’s investigative reporting on the officer-involved shooting death of Tony Robinson, the growing gang’s influence on Madison crime rates, and his live reporting role covering the Susan G Komen® Race for the Cure. As part of this round of awards Matthew was also part of the WISC-News3 team recognized with a second regional Murrow for best newscast following the DA’s decision not to criminally change the officer who shot and killed Robinson.
In 2015, The National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences recognized Matthew’s investigative reporting on Madison's growing heroin deaths & gang activity influencing Madison's crime trends with an 'Outstanding Achievement for Media Interactivity' Regional EMMY®.
Also, in 2015, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awarded Matthew’s on-going investigative reports exposing continuous first responder emergency radio failures with first place for best hard news/investigative report.
A graduate of the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism, Simon earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a minor in history. Born in Gillette, Wyoming, Matthew moved to Birmingham, Alabama when he was two. He grew up in the Birmingham suburb Mountain Brook.
In his free time Matthew enjoys being the best husband and dog dad he can be along with: catching up with the backlog of programs on his DVR; reading; checking Facebook constantly; working out; trying to find health food that tastes good while being an overall foodie; rooting for his Alma mater Mizzou’s sports teams; racking up way too many cell phone minutes keeping up with family and friends scattered across the country and, of course, being a proud news junkie.