In a poignant moment that has left our community in deep sorrow, Emily Matson, a cherished beacon of journalism, passed away at the age of 42. Her untimely departure was confirmed by the heartbroken team at Erie News Now, where Emily’s journalistic journey spanned nearly two decades.
Emily Matson’s unwavering commitment to delivering news with unwavering passion and love for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania has left an indelible mark. Her radiant presence in our newsroom was a testament to her dedication, and it’s with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to a remarkable news anchor who touched the lives of many.
The news of Emily’s passing was announced by Lilly Broadcasting, the parent company of Erie News Now, who expressed their profound grief, saying, “It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our beloved Erie News Now news anchor Emily Matson. Emily was a shining light in our newsroom, delivering news with a passion and love she had for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania. We loved Emily dearly, and our hearts go out to the Matson family and her husband Ryan at this time.”
Emily Matson’s journey in journalism was a testament to her unwavering commitment to the truth. She started as a dedicated reporter and later transitioned into the role of a morning show producer before ascending to the anchor’s desk. Her heartfelt message on Erie News Now’s website when she first took up the role resonates deeply, “I must be dreaming! An anchor gig in my hometown! I am so happy to be in Erie, telling the stories that impact my neighbors every day.”
The impact of Emily Matson’s loss extends far beyond her workplace. Colleague Jamison Hixenbaugh, a fellow reporter at Erie News Now, expressed the sentiment shared by all who had the privilege of knowing Emily, saying, “Working side-by-side with her off-and-on for the past 15 years, I can vouch…she was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. She was such a talented journalist and anchor, but even more, she was an incredible friend. From being side-splittingly funny and feisty to thoughtful and caring…I’m going to miss you being around, Em.”
Former colleague and Tennessee-based WVLT anchor Christyn Allen fondly remembered Emily as a dedicated professional and a true friend, stating, “She was a fiercely loyal friend, and if you were lucky enough to be one of her people, you’d hit the jackpot. She always made sure her people were taken care of. I’m so thankful our paths crossed, and we never lost touch.”
David Wolter, WBKO’s chief meteorologist in Kentucky, echoed these sentiments, describing Emily as a “fun-loving, positive spark” who brought joy even on the gloomiest of days. He shared, “Her personality was contagious, and the way she was on-air was exactly how she was off-air. She was real and simply a wonderful person to know. It was always good times when I got the opportunity to work with her.”
Emily Matson’s legacy will forever shine brightly in the hearts of those who knew her, and her dedication to journalism and her community will serve as an enduring inspiration for generations to come. While we mourn her loss today, we also celebrate the incredible impact she made during her time with us.
As we remember Emily Matson, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, her friends, and the entire Erie community. Her absence leaves a void that will never be filled, but her spirit and dedication will continue to guide us as we navigate the world of news she loved so dearly.