NAME: Matt Engelbrecht
TITLE: 6pm & 11pm Weekday Meteorologist/EP of Weather Content
ALMA MATER: Valparaiso University
Seal: AMS/CBM Seal #610
PREVIOUS STATIONS: KWES
MARRIED: Yep, July 2012!
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Arrested Development
FAVORITE MOVIE: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
FAVORITE BAND: Jimmy Eat World, Ben Folds
FAVORITE SONG: 23
FAVORITE BOOK: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
FAVORITE FOOD: Michelle’s Meatloaf
FAVORITE BEVERAGE: Dr. Pepper
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Anything outdoors, unless Notre Dame is on.
FAVORITE SEASON: Winter
FUN FACT: I’ve been fortunate enough to have backpacked Europe three times.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Toss up between a hammock and sun block.
Matt came to the WITN weather team from the heart of storm chasing country in Midland, TX. After two years chasing tornadoes as the morning meteorologist, he felt it was time to chase something bigger…hurricanes. Born "Twelve hours out of Mackinaw City" (Bob Seger anyone?), Matt has always been searching for the perfect way to combine his love for the weather and a passion to communicate anything science. Interning under Richard Luterman at WJBK in Detroit and learning the television basics from his high school TPW teacher Roger Smith, Matt has established a strong foundation for a career in television.
As a student of Valparaiso University in northern Indiana, Matt received his bachelor's degree in both meteorology and television/radio where he learned about the business firsthand from current ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee. If not deriving the Omega equation, he frequently storm chased for the Valparaiso University Strom Intercept team (VUSIT) or DJ'ed for the college radio station, WVUR.
From wine in Paris, deadly heights at the Cliffs of Moher, to cruising the Greek Islands, he has learned the importance of experiencing different places and cultures. Additionally, Matt is looking forward to living in Eastern Carolina and getting to know those who make up its community. If not watching the Weather Authority Radar, Matt is either enjoying Notre Dame Football or any of the Detroit sports teams. Musically, he has been in one band, the DCE, and hopes to one day reunite with the bass guitar at hand.