Dan Matics joined the FOX 13 team in September 2016 with a focus on covering the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, the most densely populated county in Florida.
He loves telling stories that help victims of violent crimes, hold those in power accountable, and the more bizarre stories known to spark a conversation.
Before joining FOX 13, he was a weekday morning anchor and reporter for WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia. He started his career in 2010 as a reporter and producer for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia while attending Marshall University.
Some of his more memorable stories include coverage of hurricanes and tornadoes, the Seminole Heights serial killer, a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people in West Virginia, and exposing the negligence of a Southern West Virginia health clinic that infected patients by reusing needles.
Dan loves exploring the beauty of West Central Florida, which means you can usually find him on the beach or on a boat most weekends. He also loves golfing and exploring the wonderful restaurants of Tampa Bay – so be sure to drop him a recommendation, along with story ideas on social media.
While some Florida counties taped off their sandy shores to the public for the holiday weekend, that's not the case in the Tampa Bay region.
It’s been more than a week since the city of St. Petersburg started requiring everyone to wear a face mask while inside businesses to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
The new St. Petersburg Pier District will open at 5 p.m. Monday, July 6, marking the end of 10 years of planning, debate, construction, and finally, delays due to COVID-19.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was away from the office Tuesday morning, as he, and his deputies, attended an annual fishing event with local kids.
After several hours of discussion, city of Sarasota commissioners voted Monday to make face-coverings mandatory at most indoor and outdoor public spaces as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The medical examiner for Pinellas and Pasco County has a warning for people not taking this pandemic seriously.
As coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide, more cities and counties are putting new face mask rules into place -- that includes Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.
Bay Area government leaders continue their push to get everyone wearing masks while out in public.
The city of St. Petersburg is requiring employees of all businesses to wear a face mask, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan puts it bluntly while talking about the state of morale within his agency. “It’s a bit of a dumpster fire."