Matthew joins the 8News team after serving as a reporter and weekend anchor in Dothan, Alabama. He began his career at WTVY-TV, the long-dominant station covering southeast Alabama, northwest Florida, and southwest Georgia.
During his time at WTVY, Matthew’s reports took him to the rural communities of the tri-states region, where he extensively reported on economic affairs, military issues, education and the personal stories that are found in small town life. In 2014, Matthew won a Florida Associated Press Award for his reports on the deaths of dozens of boys at Florida’s Dozier reform school.
Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. While studying at ASU, he anchored, produced and reported for Channel A News, a student-run newscast he helped launch. Matthew’s education in news also reached outside the classroom as he completed an internship at WYFF-TV, the NBC affiliate serving upstate South Carolina.
As a Richmond city reporter, Matthew gets to fully immerse himself in the process of putting stories together. Each day, he goes to work looking for new people to connect with and for stories, issues and experiences to share with viewers.
In his spare time Matthew enjoys exploring the great outdoors, hiking, running and taking in live music as much as possible. But above all else, he enjoys finding the personal face behind every complicated event or issue. He believes in the watchdog power of journalism — and loves when he can use that power to impact someone’s life for the better.
Matthew is thrilled to call Richmond home and to meet the people who make the city so special. If you have a meaningful story that you think needs to be told, email him at MMcClellan@WRIC.com. You can also find him on Twitter for your latest news in the Richmond area by following @Matthew8News.