It’s great to be back to where it all began!

I started full-time at FOX43 in April 2015 as a Harrisburg-based reporter, but I’ve been with WPMT since December 2014 as a part-time news reporter and sports anchor.

I’m a proud graduate of Susquehanna Township High School, where I started my television career at WHIP-TV (the high school’s in-house news announcements). Twelve years later, I’m thrilled to be back in the Harrisburg area where I grew up.

Prior to joining FOX43, I spent more than seven years at WJAC-TV in Johnstown, PA as a sports reporter and sports director, where I reported on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State and the Pirates return to the postseason in 2013, amongst other stories. I graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2007.

I was born in Pittsburgh and have carried the love of their pro teams with me my entire life. Whether it’s the Pirates, Pens, or Steelers, my parents taught me to bleed Black and Gold and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

I’m excited to report the news and tell stories you care about in the Harrisburg area. If you have any story ideas or hear of news, please let me know through e-mail (mmaisel@fox43.com) or through my Twitter feed (@Matt_Maisel). My wife and I cannot wait to become part of this community once again.


Recent Articles
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    Harrisburg crime rate falls in 2016, community to thank, officials say

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Overall crime numbers in Harrisburg dropped by over 1,000 total crimes from 2015 to 2016, according to figures supplied Monday by the city’s police department. There were 4,953 total crimes in 2016 according to city officials. It’s an 18% drop from 2015, when there were 6,021 total crimes in Harrisburg. Violent crimes dropped as well in 2016, with murders, robberies, thefts, and assaults all showing lower figures than 2015. Criminal homicide cases declined from 16 to 15. […]

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    Inspirational handicapped skiers, snowboarders hit the slopes at Roundtop

    WARRINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Ten adults turned the impossible into inspirational on Friday at the Roundtop Mountain Resort. Members from Baltimore Adaptive Sports and Recreation (BARS) took part in a day on the ski slopes. The program, in conjunction with the Penn State Hershey Medical rehabilitation department, put adults who have suffered traumatic injuries in their lives on adaptive skis and snowboards. FOX43 reporter Matt Maisel introduces you to a few of the inspirational men and women.

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    Harrisburg High School lockdown lifted, police clear school of rumored gun on campus

    A report of a student allegedly possessing a gun at Harrisburg High School Friday proved to be not true, Harrisburg City police reported. The high school, also known as John Harris High School, was placed on lockdown by administration after the allegation surfaced. The rumor circulating was that a student possessed a gun on school property. Harrisburg police and surrounding jurisdictions responded, conducted a partial search of the school, and investigated the allegation concerning the gun. After further investigation, and […]

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    Bill in Pa. Senate poses question: Should teachers paid time off be mandatory?

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — For nearly 70 years, a teacher’s paid time off for sickness, bereavement, or sabbatical has been mandatory and protected by Pennsylvania law. A new bill, however, would put those rights back on the negotiating table. Senate Bill 229, sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin) would change the Public School Code of 1949. Eichelberger wants to put more negotiating power back into the hands of school boards. The bill, which was pitched to Eichelberger by the Pennsylvania School […]

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    Proposal to rename Market Street Bridge causing controversy in Harrisburg

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Mike Regan was not expecting one of his first pieces of legislation as a state Senator to cause this much controversy. Earlier this month, Regan, elected to his first term as a Senator representing parts of Cumberland and York Counties, wanted to honor former colleague and role model Harold Mowery, a former longtime state lawmaker who died in 2014. Regan introduced Senate Bill 265; the bill would rename half of the Market Street Bridge in Dauphin County […]

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    “Ride on Red” law goes into effect across Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new law which allows drivers to go through some red lights went into effect across Pennsylvania on Sunday. Act 101, more commonly known as the “Ride on Red” law, gives anyone on the road the option to go through red lights as long as they use common sense and caution. Essentially, if a stop light is unresponsive, and no one is coming the other way, the new law, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), states that someone can legally […]

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    PennDOT, Cumberland Co. officials hope to make I-81 safer

    CARLISLE, Pa. — A coalition of emergency workers, borough and county officials, and a state lawmaker are working together to try and make a dangerous stretch of highway in Cumberland County safer. Interstate 81 in Carlisle, between the Allen Road exit at mile marker 44 and Middlesex/New Kingstown exit at mile 52 has become known for its frightening, sometimes deadly crossover crashes. The 8-mile stretch features a narrow, 50-foot, grassy median, often times with no barriers. Due to the sheer […]

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    Paying “fair share” for State Police: Governor proposes new tax

    PENN TOWNSHIP, Perry County — In the parking lot at the Penn Township municipal building, a lone police cruiser sits. It hasn’t been used since late December and, along with two other Penn Township police vehicles, will be out of service for an undetermined period of time. Township supervisor Joseph Landis says he wants to see the cars back in use, but he’s not sure when that will be, if ever. “They want to know when they have a problem […]

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    Wolf avoids broad tax increases, asks money elsewhere in budget proposal

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — One year after taking a fiery tone with House and Senate Republicans, Governor Tom Wolf’s annual state budget address on Tuesday was much more conciliatory. Wolf’s 2017-18 budget proposal is a $32.3 billion spending plan, which is a $575 million increase over last year, when the governor criticized Republican lawmakers for walking away from a budget agreement weeks earlier. With a current budget in place this time around, Wolf, a Democrat governor, played to the crowd, one […]