Matt Barnes is the morning co-anchor of NBC4 Today, a position he took in January 2016. He joined the NBC4 staff in May 2010 as a sports anchor and reporter.
Matt began his broadcasting career at NBC4 as an intern, working in the sports department in the summer of 2007, learning all the ins and out of the television business.
He is a proud graduate from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating cum laude with a degree in broadcast journalism. While at OU, he worked for Gridiron Glory at WOUB, which won a student production Emmy award. He was also one of 12 OU students who were featured in a commercial campaign for the university.
After college, Matt worked at WRDW-TV in Augusta, GA as a sports anchor/reporter, covering numerous sporting events, including the Masters tournament. Matt said his biggest thrill was playing Augusta National twice and shooting over 100 both times.
His favorite part about working in television is being able to tell people’s stories. Whether it is talking to someone making a difference in their community, a young person fighting a terminal disease, or an athlete striving for a championship, Matt knows everyone has a unique story to tell.
As a native of Columbus, being out and about in the community is very important to him. He is an avid volunteer and supporter of the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus. He also serves as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio and was named the Ohio 2020 Big Brother of the Year. You also might see him talking to schools around the area, including his alma maters Indianola Elementary, Johnson Park Middle and Bishop Hartley High.