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.

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.

Matt joins the Action News Morning team every weekday, bright and early, to help the sleepyheads of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys wake up, a news anchor position he has held since 2004. Matt and Tamala Edwards 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.

Matt's Stories
Should we regulate social media? | Watch March 3 Inside Story
Matt O'Donnell and the panelists break down the U.S. Supreme Court hearings in Florida and Texas on social media and the First Amendment and how censorship could impact the digital media world.
Grays Ferry business owner responsibly recycling electronics for 40+ years at eForce Recycling
If you were lucky enough to be gifted a new cell phone or laptop this holiday, there's a business owner in Grays Ferry who'll responsibly recycle your old electronics for free.
How PennDOT plans to address congestion as Philadelphia traffic ranks 4th nationwide
Many drivers in the Philadelphia region believe significant congestion has returned to area roadways after the pandemic and it appears to happen at all times of the day.
94-year-old art instructor Elaine Lewis ignites creativity, friendship through painting class
A 94-year-old art instructor in Gloucester County, New Jersey is proving you're never too old to learn something new.
Retired doctor wraps up summer season as rookie lifeguard in Atlantic City
After a 30-year career in medicine, it didn't take Dr. Marc Plotnick long to figure out how he wanted to spend his retirement.
Jim Gardner discusses retirement, upcoming launch of new podcast
Matt O'Donnell had a chance to catch up with Jim Gardner about his retirement and why you will be hearing more from him very soon.
Living without a cellphone? Meet the people who are choosing to go 'hands-free forever'
Perhaps you may have wondered what your world would be like if you didn't have a cellphone...and we mean, not owning one at all. Meet the people who never pack a screen in their pocket.
Center City coffee shop features local poet's work in unique way through public poetry project
April is National Poetry Month and some local poets are sharing their works in a unique way at a Center City coffee shop that will leave you feeling fulfilled both inside and out.
Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter eyeing another run, Action News has learned
Action News has confirmed that various community and business leaders in Philadelphia are urging former Mayor Michael Nutter to run in the May primary for a third term and that he is considering it.
Southampton, Pa. couple's 'Grey Nose Society' pairs senior dogs with older adults
A couple running an animal rescue with an adoption center in the far Northeast is helping senior dogs find their forever homes with older adults.