Before joining Marketplace in 2003, Matthew worked as a reporter at public radio stations in Seattle, St. Louis, Minnesota and Maine. He also worked as a freelance reporter in Ireland. In 2002, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism to report on religion, politics and hunger in the African nation of Malawi.
His experience is not limited to journalism, however. At various times Matthew has been a convenience store cashier, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman and a proofreader. He also worked in a traveling circus. His favorite president is Grover Cleveland, he prefers cats to dogs, and he never forgets to put the parking brake on.
Matthew holds a degree in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in and around Philadelphia. (As an unfortunate consequence he is a devoted Phillies fan.) He is the youngest of seven children and is married to the best girl in the world. Her name is Allyson. They live in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz.