Matt Leach is Chief Meteorologist of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio’s Weather Authority, ABC21, and a Professor of Communication at Indiana Tech. He’s also a graduate of Purdue University and a member of the National Weather Association.
Aside from being a self-proclaimed weather nut since his earliest childhood days, Matt’s first forecasting gig began in mid 2009, where he provided detailed video and written forecasts for the Kitsap Peninsula of western Washington State for one of the region’s largest newspaper publications.
In 2013, Matt was hired by Microsoft to write weather explainers for over 60 weather terms that now populate MSN’s “Weather 101” site.
In 2014, Matt became Fort Wayne’s newest weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for ABC21. He produced creative stories in various counties across the area as part of ABC21’s “Life’s Better Here” series and could be found going live at fairs and festivals throughout the region.
In 2016, Matt was promoted to the position of Chief Meteorologist where he currently presents the weather at 5, 5:30, 6, 7 & 11 pm. He can also be found leading team coverage live on television and social media when the weather turns severe.
Matt has won several awards, including an Emmy for Best Newscast, Emmy for best children’s programming, Outstanding Weather Operation from the Associated Press, Favorite Local Television Personality from the Fort Wayne Newspapers’ Reader’s Choice Awards, and Best Weathercast from the Indiana Broadcaster’s Association.
In April 2021, Matt and a team of producers put together a 30-minute special weather presentation for kids that aired on ABC in the summer of 2020. It went on to win an Emmy and a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Innovation.
In 2019, Matt started teaching communication courses at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. His teaching philosophy, course evaluation comments from past students, and a detailed list of courses taught can be found under the “Teaching Experience” tab above.
When Matt isn’t busy chasing storms and severe weather, he enjoys teaching, reading, walking his dog, Gunther, and most importantly doing anything that gives him the opportunity to be with his best friend and spouse since 2015, Logan.