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A multiple Emmy award-winning journalist, Matt Smith anchors weekends on CBS4. A Minnesota native, Matt spent seven years in Packers territory before calling Indianapolis home. His reporting has taken him across the country, from the White House to interview President Obama, to the heart of presidential politics in Iowa and the depths of the frozen tundra at Lambeau Field.

Matt’s investigative reporting has been honored with numerous awards, including from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He spent weeks at Wisconsin’s state capitol covering tens-of-thousands of protestors rallying against collective bargaining changes. His investigation into the impact of a proposed open-pit mine in Northern Wisconsin earned him an Emmy along with capturing the historic beauty of ice caves formed along Lake Superior’s shoreline.

Matt’s appeared multiple times on ABC World News Tonight, and his exclusive political interviews have received national attention, from the Washington Post to FOX News and MSNBC.

New to Indy, he loves finding new breweries and restaurants to check out. You’ll always find him with a cup of coffee and testing out the best trails for a good run. In Green Bay, Matt laced up his dancing shoes to earn a judge’s choice award as a star dancer in a local Dancing with Our Stars competition, which raised tens-of-thousands of dollars for the American Red Cross. He spent five months in ballroom dance lessons to perform the waltz and merengue in front of more than 800 people.

Before coming to CBS4, Matt worked at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KBJR-TV in Duluth, Minnesota.

Matt and his wife keep busy with a new baby girl who was born last summer!

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Recent Articles
  • Gun raffle raises money to help families in Shelby County

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Dozens of guns were raffled off Saturday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in an effort to help the greater community. The proceeds from “Gunapalozza” will go to families across Shelby County in need of assistance. “We’re hoping to raise a lot of money to help a lot of people,” Robin Phelps said, one of the event organizers. Steve Dake, owner of The Gun Den, helped with the raffle and was also on hand to ensure each […]

  • Gov. Holcomb shows FOX59 his collection of presidential signatures

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb showed FOX59 a part of his world the public has rarely seen before. “This is one of my favorites,” Holcomb said pointing to a poster and signature from former President John F. Kennedy. Holcomb has spent the past two decades collecting presidential signatures, including the documentation to authenticate the signature is the real deal. The hunt, Holcomb said, has become as thrilling as the get itself which has sometimes included high-stakes bids with people […]

  • Your guide to where DPW and INDOT crews are working repair potholes

    INDIANAPOLIS – Road crews continued to battle unpleasant weather conditions Tuesday in an effort to stay on top of potholes popping up across central Indiana. “It’s just a matter of getting weather they can work with,” said Dan Parker, Director of Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works. Indianapolis crews continued patching city streets with a cold asphalt mix Tuesday. Best case scenario, Parker said, crews could switch to a more permanent hot mix fix on Wednesday if weather conditions improve allowing […]

  • IN Focus: One-on-one with state superintendent on her exit from politics

    INDIANAPOLIS — State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick made headlines recently when she announced she would not seek a second term as the state’s top educator. Lawmakers are now poised to allow the governor to appoint the position when McCormick’s term ends in 2020. We recently spent time with her when she toured Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis where McCormick explained her reasoning in more details. “I came into it almost naive thinking we’re going to look at data, we’re going […]

  • IN Focus: Exclusive interview with DNC chair Tom Perez

    INDIANAPOLIS — A day after the State of the Union address, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is in Indianapolis meeting with state party leaders. Perez talked with Matt Smith and Dan Spehler about a wide-range of issues including his reaction to the president’s address, the growing number of Democratic presidential hopefuls and the latest controversy surrounding state politics in Virginia. The DNC chair was also asked about the growing progressive movement within the party, and the political climate in […]

  • Indiana lawmakers, guests prepare for State of the Union

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, but skeptics are likely to question whether he can be successful in pursuing such a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks. Tyler Trent’s parents will attend Tuesday night’s speech as guests of Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.). They also met with Vice President Pence Tuesday afternoon at the White House. Tyler’s courageous battle with terminal cancer inspired Indiana […]

  • Indianapolis DPW crews working to repair potholes

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The dramatic swing in temperatures has led to more potholes popping up across Indianapolis and road crews are responding in an effort to keep up. On Monday, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works announced 18 crews spent the day filling potholes with a focus on major thoroughfares that had received numerous complaints, including stretches of Mann Road, College Avenue and Keystone Avenue. “The key difference between this year and last year is we actually have more people to […]

  • Some MLK Day celebrations take on political tone during historic government shutdown

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As lawmakers spread out across their local communities Monday participating in Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations, events and speeches took on a more political tone on day 31 of the partial government shutdown, the longest shutdown in U.S. history. “He would relate to federal workers working without pay,” Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) told a crowd gathered at the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Congress is set to return to Washington this week after a […]

  • Millions of dollars requested to enhance election security in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS – As part of his newly unveiled budget proposal, Gov. Eric Holcomb is requesting $10 million for election security. A majority of that money would be used to upgrade electronic touch screens with a voter verifiable ballot, simply a piece of paper that voters can visually see, much like a traditional paper ballot. “This is the new part of the machine,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson showed us Monday. “So I can verify the vote and you see this […]

  • Coalition launches to pressure lawmakers to pass hate crime law

    INDIANAPOLIS – A broad coalition of business, faith and non-profit leaders launched a new effort Tuesday, targeting lawmakers and promising strong advocacy supporting the passage of a hate crime law this legislative session. “It’s about doing the right thing, and it’s about talent,” Michael Huber said, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber. The coalition is called Indiana Forward. Organizers are planning an aggressive campaign to push lawmakers to pass legislation that lists specific protected groups including sexual orientation and […]

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