Matt Leach is Chief Meteorologist for Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio’s Weather Authority, ABC21. He’s 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 populated 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 & 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, 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.
From growing up in the Northwest to living in Southern Africa, Matt has experienced wild temperature swings. He has seen the thermometer rise well over 110 degrees and fall below minus 40 degrees with wind chills surpassing minus 50.
When Matt isn’t busy chasing storms and severe weather, he enjoys teaching communication courses at Indiana Tech, 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.