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 ( or through my Twitter feed (@Matt_Maisel). My wife and I cannot wait to become part of this community once again.

Recent Articles
  • Sen. Casey rallies against GOP healthcare; Activists protest 24 hours outside Sen. Toomey’s office

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — It’s the 19th hour of a 24 hour protest for Michael Fisher, and he’s getting tired. “I’m pretty exhausted,” he says. “But there are people doing this across the state.” Fisher is the creator of the Central Pennsylvania activist website He helped organize what he’s calling a “24-hour vigil” outside U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s office, at the Federal Building in downtown Harrisburg. Fisher and around a dozen other activists are protesting the American Health Care Act […]

  • Penn State audit findings “unacceptable”; University disagrees

    HARRISBURG –Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Penn State University has not done enough to improve how the school is run in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. “Penn State has made a modicum of progress in restoring the reputation of the commonwealth’s flagship state university,” DePasquale said, noting the 2011 arrest and subsequent conviction of former coach Jerry Sandusky. “Penn State must – first and foremost – do more to improve campus security, particularly for children […]

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    Plan to eliminate school property taxes in PA reintroduced

    HARRISBURG – A bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers have joined together to introduce a plan drafted by over 80 grassroots taxpayer groups from across the state to eliminate school property taxes for the state’s 500 public school districts, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, would replace the revenue generated by the property tax for public schools with an increase to the Personal Income Tax rate from 3.07 percent to 4.95 percent […]

  • State budget talks ‘brewing’ at and around Capitol Complex

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — If there’s one place in the capital city to get the latest state government dirt, find your local coffee shop. Capital Joe, a coffee shop on Forster Street across from the Capitol Complex, is a hot-spot for state employees, says worker Matthias Cabbell. “We can see them. They can see us. It’s a beautiful marriage,” Cabbell says of the relationship his coffee shop has with Pennsylvania’s power players. Capital Joe opened nine months ago, which means, thanks […]

  • Gov. Wolf makes ‘historic’ pension reform law; “What about debt?” asks critics

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Marking the first movement in seven years to address Pennsylvania’s pension funding crisis, Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law Monday which will change retirement plans for future state employees and public school teachers beginning in 2019. The plan promises to move the commonwealth from its current format of paying for public worker retirements through taxpayer-funded pension plans, and shifts the focus to a 401(k)-based system, similar to the private sector. The new retirement plans go […]

  • First legal industrial hemp plants grow in Perry County

    NEWPORT, Pa. — For the first time in 80 years, industrial hemp plants are starting to grow legally in Pennsylvania. At Perry County Land and Cattle, hemp seeds which were planted Monday began sprouting on Friday. “Legally, it’s the first germination of industrial hemp plants in Perry County since the late thirties,” said Jeremiah Elsessor, a farmer who was fertilizing the hemp field when he discovered the first growth. “This is awesome,” he said. “It’s really cool.” Perry County Land […]

  • Future of Lititz’s 170-year-old fireworks show in question

    LITITZ, Pa. — Fireworks celebrating America’s independence will continue in Lititz Springs Park past the upcoming July 4 holiday, just like it has every year since 1846. Where it’s held after 2018, and what it will look like, remains in question. According to Lancaster Newspapers, the Lititz Springs Park Board of Trustees announced on June 1 the show would be forced to stop because of an upcoming development project at the former Wilbur Chocolate warehouse building. The building site is […]

  • ‘We’re cleaning up the street’: 25 arrested for drug-crimes in Harrisburg area

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrests on Tuesday of 25 people, charged with selling drugs in Harrisburg and nearby communities. Shapiro announced the arrests as the culmination of a 7-month investigation, in which the Attorney General’s Mobile Street Crimes Unit worked with local law enforcement. Agents worked undercover to buy illegal drugs from dealers. They seized heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills, ecstasy, and other drugs, along with 17 illegal guns and $18,530 […]

  • Pennsylvania Divided: Gerrymandering in the Commonwealth

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Rob Teplitz thought he had won re-election. Four years earlier, the State Senator from Susquehanna Township in Dauphin County surprised years of Republican establishment, becoming the first Democrat in the 71 year history of the 15th District to win the seat. After his victory in 2012, his district was redrawn, although his confidence never wavered. Leading up to the November 2016 election, Teplitz was mired in a hard campaign with local businessman John DiSanto. The two traded […]