on July 21, 2017 / by Downtown Dallas Inc. / in Blog Posts, DDI News
Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) warmly welcomes Matt Thomas to its team as Communications Director. In this position, Matt will oversee the organization’s content creation, communications, media relations programs, and community relationships.
Matt Thomas has worked as a broadcast journalist in Dallas/Fort Worth for more than a decade. His career started right out of high school with internships at two radio stations. He then moved to New York City, where he attended college and spent time interning at some of the biggest radio stations and network news operations in the country. Matt returned to North Texas, where he continued his broadcast career as an airborne traffic reporter and news anchor at local radio stations. In 2005, he accepted a position as a full-time street reporter and anchor at the NewsRadio station in Houston. There, he covered several high-profile stories, including all of the Enron fraud and conspiracy trial, the Andrea Yates murder retrial, and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Matt spent weeks covering the aftermath of Katrina by providing live reports to listeners from New Orleans.
He returned to North Texas in late 2006 to accept a position at KRLD radio and the Texas State Network. Matt’s street reporting, anchoring, and leadership skills in his more than a decade at the station resulted in numerous Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism. Most recently, he was named “Best Reporter” by the Texas AP Broadcasters and he received the prestigious Charles E. Green award by the Headliners Foundation of Texas for his on-scene coverage of the deadly attack on police officers in Dallas in July 2016.
Matt is now transitioning to his new role as Communications Director for DDI. “I can’t think of a better way to continue to share stories that have an impact than joining the DDI team and using new media platforms to highlight the great things that are happening in Downtown Dallas and the surrounding districts,” Matt said.
Matt produced and hosted more than 200 original shows in conjunction with DDI and former CEO and current Vice Chairman John Crawford during a critical period of transition for the city’s core. Each Sunday on KRLD, Pulse of the City highlighted an area of Downtown Dallas experiencing new development and activity. “Downtown Dallas and the neighboring districts have come such a long way in my time here, and it is absolutely thrilling to be here to help DDI and this tremendous staff share all the great things that are happening now and are yet to come,” Thomas said.
Matt grew up in the Denton area, and has always had a great love for the buildings that make up what USA Today has named the “Best International Skyline.” In addition to storytelling and Downtown, Matt is passionate about golf, the Texas Rangers, and animal rescue operations in North Texas. For the past several years, he has helped emcee the annual “Basset Shuffle” event benefitting North Texas Basset Hound Rescue. In addition to his three rescue dogs, Matt has a wife and toddler who are the joys of his life.
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