I arrived in Atlanta in 2009 and have been in love with the city ever since. I am proud to work for 11Alive, and you can catch my reports during the week, typically on the 6 pm or 11 pm news.
I am a native of New Jersey and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. My career has spanned several stations and cities in South Dakota (KELO-TV), Iowa (KMEG-TV), and New York (WGRZ-TV).
That means, yes, Atlanta is my first warm-weather city ... and I am definitely enjoying the change.
In my career, I have been privileged to cover such notable events as the 2008 Democratic convention, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the BP oil spill in the Gulf. I have also been honored to receive a variety of awards, including two regional Emmy awards and four prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Outside of work, I can be spotted all over the Metro Atlanta area. I am a season-ticket holder for the NBA's Hawks; I can often be spotted at the area's many festivals, museums and restaurants; and I particularly enjoy hiking in the North Georgia mountains. I am proud to live in an area of such rich history and diversity, not to mention some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Southeast.
In addition to this page, you can also follow me in the following ways:
Twitter: @MattPearlWXIA11: http://twitter.com/MattPearlWXIA11.