A SoCal transplant to Nevada, Ryan Matthey joined the 8 News Now team in September 2022. His previous two years were spent reporting on the fires, crimes and stories of Northern California.
iTV, his high school’s student broadcast in Irvine, was his first taste of journalism back in 2014. It was followed by multiple shows he produced, anchored and reported for while attending California State University, Fullerton. All the while, he maintained a job as an attraction host at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland.
From the classroom to raging California wildfires, he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and headed north at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From his station’s Chico bureau, he reported on the city’s ongoing lawsuit surrounding homeless enforcement, the worsening drought of the Golden State, the devastating 2021 Dixie Fire and the rebuilding efforts of California’s deadliest fire, the 2018 Camp Fire. These were woven through a series of stories that ventured to help make fire victims whole again as financial compensation was consistently inaccessible and fraudulent contractors scammed those looking to rebuild out of roughly a million dollars.
The small-town experiences allowed big-city opportunities to head his way, like now as one of 8 News Now’s news reporters. In the entertainment capital of the world, Matthey is privileged and honored to tell the stories of his new community and awaits the food, experiences and tales of Southern Nevada.
Story idea? Food recommendations? Just wanting to connect? He wants to hear them all! He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.