NAME: Matt Engelbrecht
TITLE: Chief Meteorologist
ALMA MATER: Valparaiso University
Seal: AMS/CBM Seal #610
PREVIOUS STATIONS: KWES
MARRIED: Yep, July 2012!
PETS: Flurry & anyone visiting our birdfeeders
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?: The genie from Aladdin
Matt has been with the WITN weather team since 2010. It was a "trial by fire" first year which included 72 hours of Hurricane Irene coverage, a December 26th snowstorm that blanketed the area with nearly a foot of snow and a devastating tornado outbreak on April 16th. These are events that will never be forgotten, and have shaped Matt's passion for informing, educating and preparing eastern Carolina for any type of weather threat.
Born "Twelve hours out of Mackinaw City" (Bob Seger anyone?), Matt has always been searching for the perfect way to combine his love of weather and interest in communicating anything related to 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 was found frequently chasing storms and tornadoes for the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept team (VUSIT) or broadcasting Valpo athletics 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. 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.