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
  • Penn State’s Spanier guilty on one count child endangerment

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — After deliberating for 13 hours over the course of two days, a Dauphin County jury returned Friday with a split verdict against former Penn State University President Graham Spanier: Guilty on one count of child endangerment, not guilty on the second count of child endangerment and not guilty of a conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children. Spanier, who resigned as University President in 2011 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, had […]

  • No verdict in Spanier trial; jury deliberations to continue into Friday

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than six hours of deliberations Thursday were not enough for a jury to reach a verdict in the case of former Penn State President Graham Spanier. Court adjourned for the night shortly after 8 p.m., with the jury set to return Friday morning at 9 a.m. to continue deliberations. Twice the seven-woman, five-man jury returned to the Judge John Boccabella’s courtroom Thursday evening to ask questions. They asked multiple questions about the definition of “conspiracy.” Another […]

  • Curley, Schultz testify in Spanier trial as prosecution rests

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the first time since the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal broke in 2011, former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz testified under oath in open court. Both were originally co-defendants with former university President Graham Spanier. On Wednesday, more than a week after they each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children, Curley and Schultz testified about the exchanges they had with their former boss about the 1998 and […]

  • Spanier trial moves to witness testimony, including former coach McQueary

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — On the first day of witness testimony in the criminal trial against Graham Spanier, Commonwealth attorneys began to lay the foundation as they try to prove the former Penn State President knowingly failed to report to the proper authorities that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing young boys on the school’s campus. Eight witnesses testified for the state on Tuesday, including former football graduate assistant Mike McQueary. He claims to have witnessed Sandusky, a longtime football assistant coach, […]

  • Former PSU administrators Curley, Schultz expected to testify against Spanier

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than four years after he was first charged, the trial against former Penn State President Graham Spanier began in Dauphin County court Monday, in what could be the last criminal trial in the long-standing, Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Spanier, 68, is facing child endangerment and conspiracy charges. Jury selection began Monday with 137 potential jurors. At question is how Spanier handled information he was allegedly given by former Penn State administrative colleagues Tim Curley […]

  • Lt. DeVoe remembered as “hero” by firefighter brotherhood at memorial service

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — As the sounds of “Amazing Grace” played through bagpipes inside the Capitol Forum complex, firefighters wiped tears from their eyes as they remembered their colleague, Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Lt. Dennis H. DeVoe. Hundreds of fire companies from across Pennsylvania, including groups from Baltimore and Boston, paid tribute to DeVoe on Friday. Following a processional walk which led firefighters and trucks down State Street in Allison Hill, across the State Street Bridge, and around the Capitol Complex, […]

  • Northern Dauphin residents “doing what we have to do” to shovel out

    GRATZ, Pa. — A little less than 800 people live in Gratz Borough in northern Dauphin County, and nearly all of them are tired. Tuesday’s snow storm left portions of northern Dauphin County harder hit than others. In Gratz, some residents reported up to two feet of snowfall or possibly even more. Pearl Johnson had been shoveling outside her home in Gratz all morning. she lives along Market Street, the main strip of town along Rt. 25. When she woke […]

  • “That’s how you become good neighbors”: Harrisburg residents shovel together, applaud city

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — It was easy to understand why Barbara Brushart was in a joking mood Tuesday, despite the fact her car was buried under more than a foot of snow. “We’re having flashbacks aren’t we,” she says laughingly, carrying a shovel full of snow out from under her tire well. Midtown Harrisburg residents, like Barbara, were far more jovial digging out of this March snowstorm than many were last January. Residents of Penn Street, like Barbara, could barely leave […]

  • “A sucker punch to the gut”: Harrisburg rebounding from tragic weekend

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Florence Peterson walked out of her home on Lexington Street early Monday afternoon, her head covered by her winter coat hood, wiping away tears as she slowly shuffled towards a makeshift memorial two doors down. Three nights early, Peterson stood in front of this house in an entirely different state of emotion. Today, it’s virtually unrecognizable; its foundation gutted, its exterior frayed black from the smoke and flames. “There was so much fire,” she recalled. “I’ve never […]