Matt has been around the sports scene in the Quad Cities for literally his entire life. A proud graduate of Alleman High School and St. Ambrose University, Matt was born and raised right here in the QCA. As a senior in college, he started interning at News 8, and has been here ever since.

Matt’s first beat at News 8 was to cover the Iowa Hawkeyes. Growing up an avid Iowa fan, it was hard for him to see this as “work”. According to Matt, there’s no better place to be on a Saturday than Kinnick Stadium.

Over more than a decade at News 8, Matt has created many of the sports features you enjoy today. From The Score to your Quad City Area Prep Power Poll, Matt loves to see the Quad Cities talking about their sports. He feels he’s in a truly special and unique situation to be able to cover sports in the area where he grew up. Matt knows exactly what it s like to be part of a spirited student section at one of the area’s exciting high school sporting events.

Matt loves talking sports, so if you see him out and about, make sure to stop and say, “Hi!”

Recent Articles
  • WQAD Sports April 19th

    – Bettendorf wins own track invite – Cubs best Cardinals -Bandits win despite crazy play -Bears open with Packers in primetime

  • Alleman uses yoga for mental advantage

      “Preseason last year we decided we have 3 weeks or 21 days before or 1st game and it get a little redundant because we are inside most of the time and we thought what can we do to break things up?” explains Alleman head coach Jerry Burkhead. The answer–  yoga. “It was a chuckle.   Coach was like we’re gonna do yoga and we were like what?” joked Luke Trondson. “1st thing that went through my mind was just […]

  • Cook battles cancer with support from Rockridge family

  • Olsen tracks a legendary track career

    Augustana’s Paul Olsen has been the face of Augustana  track for over 5 decades.  The legendary head coach leaves will retire after this season, but takes with him countless memories.   Over the year Olsen has “tracked” the memories with picture after picture.  Each picture hanging in his office has a different story that will last forever.

  • Bandits ready to play opening night game in the cold

    The Boys of Summer return to the Quad Cities on Thursday night, but someone forgot to remind Mother Nature.  Cold temps are expected for the opener.  Something the players insist they must get use to.

  • Assumption girls race past Central

    The Lady Knights open MAC play with 6-0 win over Central.

  • Mallards fall to Rapid City and into last place

    The Mallards fall to Rapid City 4-1.  Quad City has just 2 more games left this season and possibly ever with the team set to leave town after the season.

  • Hall declares for NBA Draft

    Montana State’s Tyler Hall has declared for the NBA draft but will not sign an agent.  The former Rock Island standout averged 17.5 points per game last season.

  • Lovie likes Spring competition

    The Illinois football program will complete Spring practice the weekend with a public practice on Saturday.  Head Coach Lovie Smith likes the competition he has seen on the field.

  • Moline soccer cruises in Western Big 6 opener

    Moline bests Alleman 5-0 in Western Big 6 opener.

  • Burlington High School requests permission to leave MAC

    Burlington has requested permission to leave he MAC following the 2018-2019 school year.  The Grayhounds have already been accepted to the Southeast Conference.  Burlington has been a member of the MAC since 1978.

  • Happ to test NBA waters

    Former Rockridge standout and Wisconsin junior Ethan Happ will test the NBA draft waters. Happ will not sign an agent leaving open the option on returning to Wisconsin for his senior season.  Happ averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Happ explained the NBA decision to WQAD Sports Director Matt Randazzo.