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.
This is the last weekend to enjoy the spectacular sand sculptures at the 13th annual Sanding Ovations event on Treasure Island.
More than a dozen families are still trying to find a permanent place to live after their apartment building caught fire.
A winter wonderland is coming to the St. Petersburg pier, starting this weekend.
NASA says astronauts onboard the International Space Station now face a four-times greater risk of hitting space debris after Russia blew up one of its old satellites in a test of an anti-sat missile.
A group of more than 200 people gathered in St. Petersburg to demand city leaders do something about soaring rent prices.
Alvera Minutello was bicycling to a Publix in St. Pete when a 22-year-old on an electric scooter slammed into her. The 77-year-old died a few days after the crash. Investigators said the suspect spotted her 80 feet away but made no attempt to avoid a collision.
The family of a Navy veteran, hit and killed while crossing the street in St. Petersburg, is making a plea for answers.
A couple of weeks ago, a man fishing at Fort De Soto Park, in Tierra Verde, thought he'd hooked a big one, but as he fought to reel in his catch, Christopher Sacco realized this was not a fish at all.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said when the agency Eckerd Connects couldn't place the kids into foster homes, it would make the children stay in what he called "deplorable" conditions – forced to sleep in office buildings, unsupervised, without proper facilities or food, and in dirty clothes.
Ken Welch has personal ties to St. Petersburg's Edge District and the Tropicana Field site. His grandfather's wood yard was displaced to make way for I-175 and his church for the Trop. Welch said Wednesday he has redevelopment ideas that could pave a path forward.