Investigative reporter Matt Grant joined KXAN in June 2021. Matt has been described as a “champion for taxpayers” and a reporter who “made a real impact on our country.” His aggressive and dogged reporting has earned him five Emmy’s and an Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2020, Matt was recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas as runner-up for “TV Investigative Reporter of the Year.”
Before coming to the Lone Star State, Matt spent four years as an investigative reporter at KXAN’s sister-station in Charlotte, North Carolina, FOX 46. There, Matt’s reporting changed federal law; launched several state and federal investigations; uncovered problems with the US Census Bureau’s background check process when he found a registered child sex offender was hired to manage the Carolina region; sparked Congressional inquiries into the Federal Air Marshal Service and Census and a hearing on military medical malpractice; busted an illegal gambling ring; led to the arrest of shady business owners; and reimbursed taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. Matt’s investigation into a North Carolina Purple Heart Green Beret’s cancer misdiagnosis led to a Congressional hearing and a bipartisan bill that was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2019. The SFC. Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act gives active-duty soldiers the ability to be compensated, for the first time ever, for botched and negligent medical care at US military hospitals. Matt’s investigation into fraudulent diplomas was awarded first place in education reporting by RTDNAC. During the pandemic, his reporting sparked a state lawsuit and an injunction against a “predatory” towing company accused of preying on essential workers. He has helped countless viewers obtain unemployment benefits after months of delay.
Before joining FOX 46, Matt worked as an investigative and general assignment reporter for WESH in Orlando, Fla., FOX 4 in Ft. Myers, Fla., and KRCG in Columbia, Mo. His hard-hitting investigations have uncovered corruption and wrongdoing and sparked change across Florida. Key exposés include: “sub-standard” care and questionable surveillance practices at a Florida Veterans Administration Hospital; suspect use of more than a million dollars of taxpayer “stimulus money;” and secret pay raises and dubious practices at a state college. The latter investigation spanned two years and resulted in the firing of the school’s president and vice-president. Matt exposed nursing students were lied to about the program’s lack of accreditation in addition to wasteful spending of tax money. In Orlando, Matt covered hurricanes and the Pulse nightclub massacre. His two-year investigation into the opioid crisis led to a Florida Board of Pharmacy rule change.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Matt got his start in broadcast journalism as an assignment desk manager for News 12 The Bronx. Matt holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Political Science from Marist College. In college, Matt worked for the Marist Poll and was an intern at WNBC with the political and consumer news units.
Matt is a proud member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), a non-profit organization dedicated to investigative journalism. He is also a proud supporter of the Special Olympics. When he’s not digging for the next story, he enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and being out on the water. You can send story ideas or any good recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org