Matt Sampson is an anchor for News 12 Westchester and Hudson Valley. Matt presents the news for various shows and updates on a daily basis starting at 8:30 am and winding up at 4:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays you can catch him on "Weekend Daytime."
Matt was already TV news veteran when he helped launch the 24/7 regional news that is News 12. He has worked in a number of different capacities being a reporter, anchor and interviewer. The moments he remembers first are the interviews with famous celebrities and newsmakers. Matt has gotten an insider's view of a courtroom trial with F. Lee Bailey; talked with fellow Westchesterites Glenn Close and Vanessa Williams, and received a living history lesson from Hudson Valley resident and hero Lee Archer, the top gun and ace from the legendary first African-American fighter group the Tuskegee Airmen. Plus, he's been the beneficiary of numerous "hands-on" cooking lessons from some of the finest chefs in the area. Matt was nominated for a NY Emmy in 2006 for "Single News Feature" Other awards include a Telly Award and Videographer Award, two Clarions as well as two ACE News Team awards from work here in the Hudson Valley and overseas.
Speaking of overseas, Matt brings an extensive background to News 12 Westchester/Hudson Valley. As one of the original members of CNN's Asia Bureau in Tokyo, he experienced the exhilaration and exhaustion of keeping Americans informed of the happenings on the other side of the world; whether it was covering earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, following visiting U.S. dignitaries throughout China and to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border; or covering assassination and revolution in the Philippines or the Soviet Union's shooting down of a civilian airliner, killing all aboard.
Back in the U.S., Matt's work with a Japanese news program gave him a ringside seat to Presidential campaigning: from the Iowa Caucuses right through to election night victory celebrations in Texas. There were a host of other stories that had him visiting Paris for the centennial of the Eiffel Tower; chasing and trapping a "lost" moose in Idaho and being detained at gunpoint by Noriega's troops in Panama.
Besides his teaching in communications-related courses at local colleges, Matt volunteers with the Katonah Swim Team; time keeping, writing ribbons and doing some meet announcing as well as generally assisting his wife who volunteers as an officer with the swim club. Matt was born in New Hampshire and lived most of his pre-school years on a dairy farm in upstate New York. Matt graduated from Hackley School in Tarrytown and got his B.S. from Cornell University. He has worked in other fields including teaching, coaching and pro sports management.
Matt is married to his lovely wife, Yoshiko Hori of Osaka, Japan and has two boys. He enjoys dining on exotic fare and also scuba dives whenever he gets the chance. He and his wife Yoshiko are both certified divers and now enjoy diving with their sons.