Matthew Smith is a part-time digital content contributor for KTUU.
Fresh out of college, Matthew thought his future was in education. He spent four years teaching English as a Second Language, both in the US and in China, when chance connected him with an offer at Nome's KNOM radio station. In August 2010 he moved to Alaska for the job.
Matthew worked for more than two years as KNOM's Public Affairs Director, producing daily news stories and longer-form “Profiles," stories that ranged from interviews with unique voices in Western Alaska to discussions on current events, cultural topics, and more.
The job allowed him to travel extensively to rural communities in the region, throughout the Bering Strait and Norton Sound, interviewing regional elders for a monthly show called "Elder Voices." His "Western Alaska beat” covered local government and schools, subsistence issues, breaking news (like harsh winter storms in 2011 and the Renda's wintertime fuel delivery in early 2012), as well as extensive coverage of Iditarod, Iron Dog, and other regional mushing and snow machine races.
While at KNOM, Matthew won two 2012 Alaska Broadcaster Association “Goldie” awards: one for a series on "Diseased Seals" and another for a series of reports on “8th Grade Learning.”
In December 2012, he moved to Anchorage for a job with KTVA, reporting on lead stories that ranged form municipal issues, education, crime, courts, and more. He left KTVA to join KTUU in December 2013.
Matthew is originally from Delaware, where most of his family still resides. When not working, he enjoys seeing Alaska's wild side, taking in a good book or movie and cooking. He also has a somewhat obsessive relationship with coffee.