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
  • One year later, Harrisburg tire shop dealing with vandals, court battles

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Nearly one year after a retaining wall collapsed on his tire shop, little looks different outside Howard Henry’s business, but everything has changed. May 5 marks the one year anniversary of the incident; heavy rains causing a wall supporting a parking lot on Mulberry Street to fall on Howard Tire and Auto. The parking lot belongs to The McFarland apartments, directly above Henry’s shop. No one was injured in the collapse. However, since then, no one has […]

  • Spray parks, dog park, playgrounds among ideas to redevelop Reservoir Park

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — One of the City of Harrisburg’s most valuable resources is one of its most under utilized. Reservoir Park, sitting on top of the city’s Allison Hill neighborhood, is kept clean every day. Currently, the band shell amphitheater is undergoing cosmetic renovations; a fresh paint job and a smoother exterior will make it more visually appealing for summer use. However, Reservoir Park is confusing. It’s not easy to walk around let alone drive around it. Often times, walkways […]

  • Auditor General rips Pa. Labor and Industry over failing unemployment compensation centers

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale had a simple message for the Department of Labor and Industry on Tuesday: You should be embarrassed. DePasquale said the department failed to follow how $178.5 million dollars was spent over a four year period from 2013 to 2016. In doing so, a computer program, which was supposed to see significant upgrades, remained outdated and vulnerable to hacking. “The technological issues with the commonwealth should be embarrassing to everybody,” DePasquale said. “How […]

  • Pa. lawmakers consider stronger laws for post-conviction DNA testing

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Anthony Wright describes the day he was released from prison after 25 years “the greatest day of my life.” He wants to ensure no one has to experience what he had to endure ever again. Wright, of Philadelphia, plead guilty in 1991 of a crime he did not commit. Released from prison lat August, Wright, along with advocates from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, are pushing for new legislation which would strengthen the state’s post-conviction relief laws, expanding […]

  • Lower Paxton Township Police partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor youth

    LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa.–A handful of kids in the Harrisburg area met their new Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Wednesday afternoon. Lower Paxton Township Police kicked off its “Bigs in Blue” program. Officers paired up with nine children from the Central Dauphin School District. Lower Paxton Township is the sixth police department in the Capital region to join Big Brothers Big Sisters. After the kids met their Bigs, everyone got to try on helmets, hope on bikes […]

  • Trained teachers allowed guns in schools, proposes Pa. Senate bill

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Teachers, principals, and other school officials would be allowed to carry firearms on school grounds, according to a State Senate bill which was approved in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday on mostly party lines. Sen. Don White (R-Armstrong) proposed the legislation, which would give public school boards permission to allow school staff the access to guns on campus, as long as they are properly trained and licensed. Current law in Pennsylvania bans all weapons on school […]

  • Harrisburg parents “shocked” with “disgusting” elementary school bathroom

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Jennifer Snavely attended her 5th grade daughter’s parent-teacher conference at Rowland Elementary School on April 13. She says she was shocked when she went to use the restroom. In front of the doorway, an exit sign hung from one of its hinges on the ceiling. Next to it, a ceiling tile was missing. Inside the restroom, as she would later write on her Facebook page, “it looks like a crime scene.” Graffiti lines the room walls and […]

  • One year after medical marijuana legalization, advocates, Governor Wolf, “move forward”

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — One year after they won their fight to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, advocates joined Governor Tom Wolf and other state legislators to celebrate their accomplishment, while remembering the journey still ahead. Senate Bill 3, now Act 16, became law on April 17, 2016. It announced the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, and the steps needed to implement the law. Governor Wolf signed the bill in a public ceremony at the State Capitol. On Monday, many […]

  • Harrisburg homelessness a “chronic problem”; Downtown ‘Tent City’ demolished May 1

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Residents of tent city in downtown Harrisburg say a recent arrest of a homeless man has put a negative spotlight on a situation few choose to be in. Ronald Hyde, 44, was arrested Thursday for breaking into a Dauphin County building, around the block from where he, and two dozen more of the city’s homeless, live in a tent city along Blackberry Street outside Market Square Presbyterian Church. Matt Smith, a fellow resident of the Blackberry Street […]