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

Home Bike Craft Portland gears up for the holidays Bike Craft Portland gears up for the holidays (Video)
Bike-Craft, a holiday gift fair, is in full swing here in Portland. They have artists, designers, locally made gifts and bicycle accessories perfect for anyone in need of last minute shopping ideas.
Home How to make Halloween ghost chips How to make Halloween ghost chips (Video)
The Healthy Grocery Girl is back to show us how to have a fun Halloween party using ghost cookie cutters or other festive shapes for making homemade tortilla chips paired with hummus and guacamole.
Home Debate heats up over fan Debate heats up over fan (Video)
Clilck "play video" fo see Matt Johnson and Mary Loos have some fun with a political debate flap.
Home Healthy Halloween candy everyone can enjoy Healthy Halloween candy everyone can enjoy (Video)
Here are some tips and tricks from food expert Megan Roosevelt on how even people with food allergies or sensitivities can enjoy Halloween candy. Click the "Play" button to watch the video.
Family Matters Local doctor’s cookbook Local doctor’s cookbook (Video)
Local doctor Miles Hassell has been helping people get healthier for years. Now he is sharing his knowledge about the "whole food diet" with a new cookbook.
Home Ice Bucket Challenge montage Ice Bucket Challenge montage (Video)
All of the staff here at KATU have had fun participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while raising awareness for a good cause. Watch this video for all of the chilly highlights.
Home Behind the bucket: Raising awareness for ALS disease Behind the bucket: Raising awareness for ALS disease (Video)
Over the past few weeks thousands of people have been participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. For Fred Nelligan his experience with ALS has been learning to live with the disease over the last several years.
Home It's dance party Sunday! It's dance party Sunday! (Video)
Click "play" on the video for a dance party sent to us by Aids Walk Portland. The walk will be held Sept. 6.