Matt Johnson


Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson has jumped out of planes, reported from the Mayan Pyramids in Belize and ridden elephants with the villagers in Thailand.

He is an Emmy award winning journalist who loves adventure and is excited to call Oregon home.

Matt started his TV adventure as an intern at Rolling Stone Magazine in New York City and was even featured in the magazine. After graduating from California State University/Fullerton with a degree in journalism, he moved to New Mexico and worked as a multi-media journalist for KRQE in Albuquerque. Matt has also worked as a reporter for KESQ in Palm Springs, California, KTVN in Reno, Nevada and KVVU in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Most recently he worked as Reporter and Fill-in Anchor for KSWB in San Diego. During his five years there he received multiple Emmy nominations for his adventure reporting and was honored with an Emmy Award and the American Red Cross HERO Award for his breaking news coverage.

During his career, Matt has interviewed many dignitaries and celebrities. Most notable include President Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres and the Dancing with the Stars judges.

When not at work Matt likes to spend time at the gym, traveling the globe and watching movies.

You can follow Matt on twitter @MattKATU or email Matt at


Recent stories by Matt Johnson

Local Cutting costs on your Halloween costume Cutting costs on your Halloween costume (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Most Americans will spend about $75 each just to dress up for the holiday, according to the National Retail Federation. That said, there are plenty of ways to help you cut costs when coming up with a costume this Halloween.
Local Man accused of taking other people's luggage from PDX Man accused of taking other people's luggage from PDX (Video)
PORTLAND, Ore. – A man is accused of stealing several pieces of luggage from the Portland Airport.

Chadwick Mathews faces a felony theft charge after Port of Portland officers say they caught him taking other people's bags onto the MAX on Tuesday.
Family Matters Matt's Mount Hood mission Matt's Mount Hood mission (Video)
Weeks of training is put to the ultimate test. On one of the most dangerous adventures of his life, and fitted with GoPro cameras, KATU’s Matt Johnson takes you along on his mission to summit Mount Hood.
Family Matters Training to take on Mount Hood Training to take on Mount Hood (Video)
About 10,000 people every year attempt to climb Oregon’s tallest mountain. In most cases climbers don't make it to the top. So how do you prepare to take on 11,249 feet? In KATU’s Matt Johnson’s case, it started in the gym.
Home ICYMI: Busy breakfasts for busy people ICYMI: Busy breakfasts for busy people (Video)
The Healthy Grocery Girl, Megan Roosevelt, stopped by the KATU studio to tell us all about how to make quick breakfasts before heading out the door.