Emily Matesic has worked in broadcast journalism for more than 15 years. She’s been with WBAY-TV since August, 2005, and in 2010 was promoted to Fox Valley Bureau Chief.
Her interest in broadcasting started at an early age. “Growing up, my dad listened to a lot of talk radio. I’m not sure if that had any influence on my desire to be a reporter, but when I was about 8 years old I told my parents that’s what I wanted to do when I grew up,” she recalls. “There’s a video, somewhere, from a family Easter Egg Hunt (I was 8 years old) where I produced my first ‘news report’ about a missing Easter egg in the hunt.”
After a year as a production assistant on “Special Edition” (now “MSNBC Investigates”), she accepted a job as a reporter at WENY-TV in upstate New York in 2001. A month later she was anchoring. In 2002 she led the team that produced, wrote and edited a 90-minute, commercial-free special commemorating the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, earning the New York State Associated Press Award, the station’s first AP award.
Emily has covered a lot of memorable stories, but her personal favorite was flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds when the elite aerobatic unit came to EAA AirVenture to perform for the first time in the summer of 2014. “Who does stuff like that? Me! I pulled 9G’s in an F-16 with the Thunderbirds! Greatest work experience ever,” she exclaims.
“There’s something special about covering a story that makes a difference, whether it’s telling the story of a soldier injured at war and his road to recovery or helping raise money for a family in need. Those stories touch my heart.”
“As members of the media I feel like people sometimes expect us to be stonefaced and unemotional over the stories we cover, but we’re human… and I’ve broken down into tears many times covering tragedies. I’ve laughed and cried with families and people I’ve done stories with. Some of those people have become friends, and I love that about my job.”
Currently Emily sits on the board of directors for Community Benefit Tree, a local non-profit that helps raise money for families going through a medical crisis. She also volunteers regularly for the American Red Cross, especially during the Dancing With Our Stars fundraisers.
And while Emily has made Northeast WI her home, she’s originally from Pittsburgh and loves to cheer for the Steelers. As they like to say in Emily’s hometown, you can take the girl out of Pittsburgh but you can’t take the Pittsburgh out of the girl!