About Matt

Matt headshot - smiling in BPR studioI’m a career journalist who most recently spent 5-1/2 years as the Arts & Culture Producer with Blue Ridge Public Radio, in Asheville, NC. I left the station in February 2023 to launch the production studio Podcast Asheville and The Overlook, a daily podcast about the news, arts, issues and trends of Asheville.

Before coming to Asheville, I was a longtime staff arts and features writer with the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press and arts reporter with the digital arm of WCPO-TV, in Cincinnati.

I’ve also founded and managed a variety of online journalism efforts, including the online video program 3-Minute Eggthe music-talk podcast Metal Brainiac, and the community op-ed page Opine Season. I’ve also served as managing editor of the Walker Art Center’s magazine and as a longtime contributing writer to Modern Drummer Magazine.

In October 2012, I self-produced God Votes No, a 45-minute video documentary about voices of faith supporting marriage equality in Minnesota. In 2006, I wrote and published a parody of self-help books called “Positive MEinforcement: Shout ‘Me First’ and Make Every Day All About You!”

I’ve won regional writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. As a freelance video producer, I’ve created work for HGA Architects and Engineers, Lifetime Fitness’ Experience Life Magazine, the University of Minnesota’s Department of Art, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cowles Center for Dance, the Loft Literary Center, VocalEssence and even an order of nuns.

Away from journalism, I’m steeped in Asheville’s improv scene, through the Asheville Improv Collective. I’m also spending too much money on vinyl albums of music I already have digitally.

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