Matt McKinney

Matt McKinney started at RTV6 as a digital content producer in June 2015.

Before moving to Indianapolis to work at RTV6, Matt spent four years at Ball State University, earning a degree in journalism with a minor in political science.

At Ball State, Matt worked for the Ball State Daily News, the largest and oldest student media organization there.

Matt originally got his start in journalism through sports writing, but quickly fell into journalism as a whole, especially the digital side.

He enjoys making complicated stories and issues -- such as contracts or public policy -- easier to understand for readers and viewers, saving them time and effort.

Matt is from Brazil, Indiana, and graduated from South Putnam High School.

 

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?

A:  Television news was never the plan. I’ve been a print and online person my whole life. But RTV6 was such a great opportunity to learn about audiences and engage myself in a fast-paced, exciting environment.

Q: What is on your DVR?

A: I have a huge backlog of TV shows to watch: Sense8, Marco Polo, The Wire, Firefly, Empire, The Americans, Hannibal, The Last Man on Earth and Boardwalk Empire, among others.

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?

A: With my friends playing board games.

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?

A: So far: Yats. But I am open to more suggestions.

Q: Most challenging part of your job?

A: Juggling all the different responsibilities and projects to keep track of. Or waking up at 2 a.m.

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?

A: Covering Ball State’s bowl game in 2014. Ended on a blocked field goal.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: The Avengers. It was my childhood coming to life.

Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?

A: I am a borderline germaphobe.

Q: When I am not at work I am…

A: Probably asleep, to be honest.

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?

A: Work on being as versatile as possible. The more skills you have, the more marketable and prepared you can be.

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?

A: My phone

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?

A: John Strauss, a Ball State advisor

Q: If you weren't in your current profession what would you be doing?

A: Not sure exactly, but probably something much less interesting.

Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

A: Wake up

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