Biography

Matt Leach is an Emmy award-winning weather forecaster for Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio’s Weather Authority, ABC21, and is a member of the National Weather Association. He’s also an adjunct university communications professor.

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.

For six months in 2013 Matt also held a coveted weather internship at KOMO-TV in Seattle. During his time at KOMO-TV, he prepared daily weather graphics and weather content for social media.

In 2014, Matt was hired as weekend forecaster and weekday reporter for what was then 21Alive (now ABC21). He produced creative stories in various counties across the area and could be found going live at fairs and festivals across the region.

In 2016, Matt was promoted to the position of Chief Meteorologist where he currently presents the weather at 5, 5:30, 6 & 11 pm. He can also be found leading team weather coverage live on television and Facebook when the weather turns severe.

Matt leads the Fort Wayne television market in social media followers and social weather coverage, with more than 32,000 likes on Facebook. He has also won several awards, including an Emmy for Best Newscast, an Associated Press Award for Outstanding Weather Operation, Favorite Local Television Personality First Place Award presented by Fort Wayne Newspapers, and recognition for being one of the top broadcasters in the state from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, once in 2017 and again in 2019.

In May 2020, Matt graduated with a Master of Science in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication, both from Purdue University.

From growing up in the Pacific Northwest to living and working in South Africa and Namibia for two years, Matt has experienced wild weather and vibrant cultures.

When Matt isn’t busy chasing storms and severe weather, he enjoys cycling, walking with his dog, Gunther, reading, and doing anything that gives him the opportunity to be with the love of his life, best friend, and spouse, Logan.