Matt O'Donnell
Matt O'Donnell is the co-anchor of Action News Mornings, co-host of the Sunday political show Inside Story and host and producer of the True Philadelphia Podcast. He was hired as a general assignment reporter for Action News in December of 1996, achieving a career dream to work at the station he grew up watching.

Matt has stepped into just about every community in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys in his many years of street reporting, plus tackled assignments that took him across the country and around the world: California, Brazil, Nevada, England. He also headed into the skies in a life-changing flight with the Blue Angels. He has covered three political conventions (St. Paul and two in Philadelphia), interviewed two presidents (President Obama and President Trump) and covered countless pivotal stories that have shaped our region over the last two decades.

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Matt talks about his life's journey to Action News

Beginning his career in upstate New York just days after graduating from the University of Delaware, Matt served as a do-it-yourself news reporter at WICZ-TV in Binghamton covering local news and politics - including the 1994 New York governor's race where he interviewed George Pataki, the eventual winner, twice. His next move brought him to WSTM-TV in Syracuse, New York where he tracked down an accused murderer for an exclusive interview, visited a community that saw 300+ inches of snowfall in one season and provided daily coverage of a gruesome series of deaths that one day became the basis of the cable series "Village of the Damned."

Matt's big break was when he was called back to Philadelphia to join the Action News team, a place he has worked at proudly ever since.

He joined the Air Force National Guard on a trip to England shortly after 9/11. He flew supersonic with a member of the Blue Angels over Atlantic City. He lived in the Brazilian rain forest for four days with experts from the Philadelphia Zoo to help protect the golden lion tamarin. He interviewed Barack Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump when their presidential campaigns brought them to the region. He spent two days along the Jersey Shore awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Irene, which nearly became the first hurricane to hit New Jersey in more than 100 years. He has greeted Kevin Bacon, Morgan Freeman, Naomi Judd and James Brown during their visits to town. He has joined the Eagles on a playoff run, he was there for the Eagles and Phillies championship parades. He has visited nearly every town in the region, covering the triumphs, tragedies, highs and lows of Action News viewers throughout the years.

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Matt talks about the most important part of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys - the people.

Matt joins Tamala Edwards, David Murphy and Karen Rogers every weekday morning from 4-7am to help the sleepyheads of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys wake up, a news anchor position he has held since 2004. Matt and Tam also alternate as host of Inside Story where they engage panelists to debate the important issues we face and challenge newsmakers who make the decisions.

The True Philadelphia Podcast is Matt's most recent project where he sits down with the people who help mold the ongoing conversation on what is great about the Philadelphia area: Jay Wright, Madeline Bell, Larry Krasner, the original Phillie Phanatic David Raymond, Elena Delle Donne, Preston Elliot, Sharon Pinkenson, Tom Wolf, Charlie Dent. The podcast can be streamed on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and YouTube.

Matt lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, two children and dog Bailey. He plays drums in a local rock band and competes in a number of local golf tournaments. Matt still hopes to be the first reporter to do a live shot from Mars.

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Matt answers some not-so-tough questions.

Matt's Stories
City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart on city's Black Lives Matters response; Timothy DeFoor's historic election win
Matt O'Donnell interviews City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart to discuss her report on the City of Philadelphia's response to last summer's Black Lives Matter protests; Republican auditor Timothy DeFoor on his historic win.
Local response to chaos at the capitol
Conservative talk radio show host Dom Giordano and Communications Executive Nia Meeks speak about the insurgence at the Capitol and the aftermath of the deadly attack.
Inside Story looks back at the year that was in local and national politics
The Inside Story panel kicks off 2021 with a look back at the biggest political stories of the year's past, and a look ahead at what's to come with Joe Biden set to assume the role of President.
CHOP Dr. Angela Shen answers FAQ on COVID-19 vaccines
Vaccines are being distributed around the country, leading to several questions about what the vaccine actually does and when will you receive it. Dr. Shen answers that and more.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons talks Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, transition from Donald Trump and local politics
The Delaware Senator discusses the outcome of the historic election, how our region was thrust into the international spotlight and the transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
Watch Inside Story: Will Pennsylvania decide the 2020 Presidential Election?
The Keystone State just might be the electorate that swings this year's election. Terry Madonna joins Matt O'Donnell to discuss the latest polls, the VP debate and all things related to the big day on Nov/ 3.
Watch Inside Story Sep. 13 episode
Matt O'Donnell and former Eagles quarterback and NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski discuss the Eagles opener, football in the age of COVID, how the NFL will deal with the social justice movement.
Wake up! Matt O'Donnell takes you behind the scenes of Action News
We are going behind the scenes with what it's been like at Action News during this pandemic.
Market Watch Reporter Maribel Aber on the True Philadelphia Podcast
Maribel Aber of CNN Newsource has been providing Action News with early morning financial reports for eight years.
Discussing Racial Inequality with Philadelphia lawyer Michael Coard in the True Philadelphia Podcast
Philadelphia lawyer Michael Coard gives thoughtful answers and powerful metaphors to express what it is like to be a Black man in America and why everyone needs to work together to reform our society.