Unexpected demise of renowned news anchor Emily Matson shocks Erie

The world of journalism mourns the loss of Emily Matson, a renowned news anchor from Erie, Pennsylvania, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 42. Serving WIPU-TV for almost two decades, Matson was a highly respected figure in the field, known for her award-winning reporting and unwavering dedication to her profession.

Matson’s journey in journalism embarked in the early 2000s when she interned at WJET-TV in Erie, marking the beginning of her profound love for the craft. Her relentless pursuit of excellence led her to WICU, where she cut her teeth as the morning show’s producer for two years. Recognising her commitment and hard work, she then made a seamless transition from behind-the-scenes to the limelight as an on-air reporter.

Matson’s primary focus as a general assignment reporter was on the crime beat. She once remarked in her bio, “I feel like I’m making a difference in the Erie community, meeting new people, and telling the stories that affect everybody every day.” Her dedication and passion earned her respect from colleagues and viewers alike. In addition to her role as a reporter, Matson’s contributions as a co-anchor for WICU’s nightly 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. hours are noteworthy. Her exceptional performance won her the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ Outstanding Spot News Award twice.

Her exemplary dedication to journalism and her knack for compelling storytelling made Matson a prominent figure in the competitive world of broadcast journalism. On December 11, Lilly Broadcasting, the parent company of WIPU, announced Matson’s passing, expressing deep sympathy over the loss. The statement read: “We have learned of the passing of our beloved Emily Matson, news anchor for Erie News Now, with a very heavy heart. Emily was a bright light in our newsroom, bringing the news to life with a love and passion for Northwest Pennsylvania and the Erie community.”

The loss of Matson was felt not only in the newsroom but also among her family, including her husband, Ryan Matson, who conveyed heartfelt condolences. The community has come together to remember Emily Matson and the significant impact she made on their lives.