Ron Matz

Ron Matz 175x131Ron Matz is an Emmy award-winning reporter who joined the WJZ team in 1993.

During that time, Ron has covered some of the biggest stories in Baltimore. including Pope John Paul II’s visit in October 1995, Hurricane Isabel in September 2003 and the Joseph Palczynski standoff in March 2000.

Ron has been nominated four times for local Emmys and won the Emmy for “Best Spot” news story of the year in 1994 for “Gunman Confession.”

For the past 19 years, he’s hosted the popular “Manic Monday” segment at Jimmy’s in Fells Point, part of WJZ’s morning show.

Prior to joining WJZ, he worked at Baltimore radio stations WFBR and WCAO/WXYV.

Ron is a proud graduate of the University Of Maryland and lives in Baltimore City.

Camp Open Arms Focuses On Giving Kids Courage, Determination

Camp Open Arms is about courage and determination. It was opened for children with limb differences.


Can You Help? Blind Rescue Dog Needs A Foster Home

If you’re looking for a dog to adopt, a two-year-old hound mix named Ray is currently looking for a foster home.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Heading Across The Pond For Landmark International Tour

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is about to embark on its first international tour in 13 years.


Canton Safeway Raises Money For Baltimore School

The new school year is just around the corner, and a well-known supermarket chain is helping to raise money for schools in Maryland.


Annual Maryland Lifeguard Competition Tests Their Skills

 Its an annual event in Maryland. A grueling competition for Maryland’s lifeguards.


Orioles’ Adam Jones Helps Majority Black D.C. Little League Team Go To Regionals

He’s known for his abilities on the field, but but his efforts off the field in the community are legendary.


World’s Largest Crab Feast Runs Friday Night In Annapolis

The World’s Largest Crab Feast, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Annapolis is expecting about 3,000 people Friday night.


‘Baltimore Representing’: Ollie Matson’s Local Family Heading To Ray Lewis’ Hall Of Fame Induction

The upcoming NFL Hall of Fame induction of the Raven’s Ray Lewis will hold special meaning for a Baltimore man because his father is also a Hall of Famer, and they’ll be traveling to Ohio for the ceremonies.


Ravens Host 11th Military Appreciation Day

 It’s happened every year since John Harbaugh became head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.


All The Places To Get Deals During Baltimore Restaurant Week

From Friday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 5, many city restaurants are offering deals to dine with them.


Two New Permanent Exhibits Open At Maryland Science Center

Two new permanent exhibits just opened at the Maryland Science Center, capturing the imagination of children of all ages.


Young Audiences Academy Keeps Students Learning in The Summer

 A free summer program for Baltimore City students is underway at eight locations in the city.


Friends, Family Mourn Local Middle Schooler Who Died In Drowning Accident

Family and friends are mourning the passing of a popular student at Glenwood Middle School in Howard County.


Baltimore Co. Exec. Race Heats Up As Absentee Ballots Are Counted

The Baltimore County Board of Election is beginning to count 1,600 provisional ballots with the race for Baltimore County executive on the Democratic side still very much up in the air.


Baltimore Preparing For Dazzling July 4th Celebration

Thousands are expected at the Inner Harbor Wednesday night for a massive fireworks display.


The Naval Academy Class of 2022 Arrives For Induction Day

The four-year naval education for about 1,200 men and women begins Thursday.


‘Big Brother’ Houseguest Bringing Maryland Flair To 20th Season

The hit CBS show “Big Brother” is about to begin its 20th year on the air, and one of its houseguests is a Marylander.


Local Agencies Take Part In Active Shooter Training Exercise At School

The Baltimore County Police Department and other law enforcement agencies gathered for an active shooter training exercise.


Local Group Pushing For Cleaner Air In Baltimore Region With Campaign

Clean Air Partners launched the “Breathe Easy” campaign by recommending simple steps residents can take to improve air quality.


Treatment Center For Homeless Vets Receives Donation From Amazon

The Baltimore Station, a non-profit that offers services for homeless veterans, has received a donation of softball equipment from Amazon.


Local Non-Profits Building Community Garden Accessible For Senior Citizens

Neighbors and local non-profits are coming together to build an accessible garden for senior citizens.


2 Baltimore Teens Spread Joy By Delivering Flowers To Those In Need

They go to school just like other teenagers, but in their spare time, they spread joy and happiness to others.


27 People From 18 Countries Become US Citizens On Flag Day

It’s Flag Day and in Baltimore there’s an annual celebration held to salute the stars and the stripes.


Safe Haven For Homeless Teens Gets Much-Needed Makeover

A home that help some of the cities most vulnerable children got a major makeover Tuesday. 


Caps Fever Spreading Into Baltimore As Team Gets Closer To The Stanley Cup

The Washington Capitals are on the verge of doing something they’ve never done before. They’re one victory away from winning the Stanley Cup.


Ravens Build New Playground At Baltimore Apartment Complex

It was a busy morning in the city for some Baltimore Ravens players and the organization as they built a playground at Douglass Homes.


Local 2nd Grader Given The Honor Of Taking Part In National Braille Challenge

Khloe Deleon-Talbert lost her eyesight to cancer when she was just 3 years old, but that hasn’t stopped her from accomplishing her goals.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Designer Show House Returns

The 41st annual Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Designer Show House is now open in Green Spring Valley.


Bike-To-School Day Could Be Every Day In Annapolis

Students in Anne Arundel County were celebrating Wednesday morning as hundreds of them participated in Bike-To-School Day.


Fundraiser In Baltimore To Help Local Shelter Animals

The Maryland SPCA is getting ready to hold its biggest fundraiser of the year.


Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival; 1 Of Baltimore’s Most Popular Events

It’s time for the 15th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival.


Md. Fire Department Rewards 9-Year-Old Who Sent Letter, Donation

A young girl wrote a note to her local volunteer firefighters to thank them for the job they do; they returned the favor and more.


Latte Competitions Brewing At Coffee Fest In Baltimore

If you’re a coffee lover, Baltimore is the place to be this weekend.


Your Chance To Become A Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Is Here

Saturday is your chance to become a member of the Baltimore Ravens cheer leading squad.


Baltimore Native First African American On Pit Crew To Win Daytona 500

A Baltimore native made history after becoming the first African American pit crew member to win a Daytona 500 last Sunday.


Baltimore High School Football Team With No Field Caps Off Undefeated Season

On East Chase Street, in the shadows of the state penitentiary and vacant row homes is St. Frances Academy.


Baltimore Co. Winter Restaurant Week Returns With More Than 60 Businesses

If you enjoy a good meal at a bargain price, all roads lead to Baltimore County’s Restaurant Week.


More Than 100 Locations Participating In Baltimore Restaurant Week

For those who are looking for that great date night, that fabulous Sunday brunch, or a great lunch to get you through the work week, this is the time to explore all of the cuisine Charm City has to offer.


Catonsville Bakery Wins On Episode Of Cooking Channel’s ‘Cake Hunters’

It’s been a big part of Catonsville for more than 20 years, and now it’s in the national spotlight.


WJZ’s Talent To Be Featured In This Year’s Mayor’s Christmas Parade In Hampden

There’s nothing quite like the holidays in Hampden, the sparkling lights on 34th Street and the Mayor’s Christmas Parade.


The Winner Of WJZ’s Mammoth Manic Monday Meltdown 2017 Is…

Ron Matz announces the winner of WJZ’s Mammoth Manic Monday Meltdown 2017


Ron Matz Is Wonder Woman At Annual WJZ Geresbeck’s Halloween Party

The crowd showed up early for WJZ’s annual Halloween costume party at Geresbeck’s supermarket in Middle River.


4 Kittens Left For Dead Shows Need For BARCS, BARCStoberfest Fundraiser

The BARCS Animal Shelter in south Baltimore is a busy place. They care for hundreds of animals.


No Pig Races At Baltimore’s Pigtown Festival This Year Due To Swine Flu Outbreak

It’s one of Baltimore’s most popular fall events. But this year, something will be missing from the Pigtown Festival.


‘Kid From Highlandtown’ Makes It Big, Back In Baltimore For New Creative Alliance Exhibit

He says he’s just a kid from Highlandtown, but his talent has taken him around the world.


Maryland Woman Inspires Others In Battle With Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis attacks the central nervous system and can be debilitating. Ron Matz has more on a woman living with M.S. who’s become an inspiration to many.


Maryland SPCA Waiving Adoption Fees For Cat Adoptions

If you’ve ever thought about adopting a cat, now is the time to do it.


Ellicott City’s White Hall Estate Is This Year’s Decorator Show House

For the next few weeks, local designers are showcasing their talents in Howard County, and its all for a good cause.


Orioles To Host LUNGevity 5K Walk In Honor Of Employee Who Died Of Lung Cancer

She was a beloved member of the Orioles organization, but three years ago she lost her valiant fight against lung cancer at the age of 36.


Jazz In The Garden: “It’s The Woodstock Of Baltimore”

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in Baltimore, which makes it a great time for an outdoor concert in Druid Hill Park.


Longtime Ravens Season Tix Holders Who Didn’t Get Them This Year Win Them From Md. Lottery

A Cecil County couple is all smiles today, thanks to the Maryland Lottery.


Belair-Edison Neighborhood Goes Solar

Some residents of the Belair-Edison neighborhood are all smiles today.


40 Years After His Death, Fans Still Go Crazy For ‘The King’

Wednesday marks the 40-year anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and many of his fans went to his final resting place to remember him.


American Visionary Art Museum Celebrates Anniversary

On this day 25 years ago, Congress took time to recognize one of Baltimore’s most popular attractions, the American Visionary Art Museum.


Locally Funded Day Camp For Young Cancer Patients Is Back For 2nd Year

 In its second year, Horizon Day Camp is bringing back the joys of childhood for the first camp of its kind in Lutherville, Maryland. 


‘World’s Biggest Crab Feast’ Set To Raise Money For Charity In Annapolis

If you love steamed crabs, you might want to head to Annapolis tomorrow.


Summer Restaurant Week Kicks Off In Baltimore

Great deals on fabulous meals over 10 days, starting today.


Pratt Central Library Undergoing Major Renovation, Bringing In Old With The New

If you’ve driven by the Pratt Central Library on Cathedral Street you’ve probably noticed a lot of scaffolding outside. That’s because the building is undergoing a major renovation.


Little Italy’s Summer Film Festival Runs Through Aug. 25

It’s often called the granddaddy of all the local outdoor summer film festivals.


Baltimore Summer Arts Academy Helps Prevent ‘Summer Slide’

It’s often called “the summer slide.” The time when students are out of school and can fall behind in their studies.


Dragon Boat Festival Coming To Locust Point Saturday

The annual Dragon Boat Challenge is right around the corner.


Mark Cottman Gallery To Close After 7 Years

Mark Cottman art gallery has been a part of Federal Hill for the past seven years, and his paintings have been seen all over the world.


Pregnant Teen Barred From Graduation Has Her Own Ceremony

Maddie Runkles was barred from her graduation at a small Christian school because she’s pregnant, but she got to celebrate during a private ceremony.


Large Amount Of Seagrass Washes On Beach In Ocean City

If you’re heading to Ocean City this weekend, be extra careful if you’re planning to walk on the beach. Ron Matz has more on a mystery down the ocean.


Victim Of Unprovoked Attack Seeks Good Samaritan Who Helped Him

After subway rider was the target of an unprovoked attack, he’s now looking for a law student who may have saved his life.


100 Percent of Maryland Half Marathon Proceeds Benefit Cancer Research

In just eight years the Maryland Half Marathon has become one of the most popular running events on the East Coast.


Keswick Building New Health And Wellness Center

Baltimore’s senior population is rapidly growing, and now one of the area’s best known providers of services for older adults is expanding its efforts.


The Biggest Charm City Bluegrass Festival Yet

This will be the biggest Charm City Bluegrass Festival yet.


Baltimore Orgs Trying To Help Prevent ‘Summer Slide’ With Activities For Kids

More than 12,000 young people have applied for summer jobs in Baltimore, but younger kids need something to do, too.


From Chauffeur To Friend: American Cancer Society’s Driver Program Helps Sufferers In More Ways Than One

For many cancer patients, getting to and from treatment is one of their toughest challenges.


Baltimore Prepares For Late-Winter Storm At Grocery Stores

A lot of folks in Baltimore are getting ready, hitting the supermarket as the region gets ready for a late hit from Mother Nature.


Baltimore Keeps Its Sights On Spring

If your garden is blooming early, it’s no surprise. Baltimore’s unseasonably warm weather is the reason. Ron Matz has more on the area’s Wacky Winter Weather.


Thurgood Marshall: Legal Giant & Baltimore Giant

Thurgood Marshall was born in Baltimore and became the first African American justice on the United States Supreme Court.


Stevenson University Fashion Design Students Visit NY Fashion Week

Imagine what it would be like if you were a student in Baltimore and your designs were seen on the New York Fashion Week runway.


2017 Motor Trend Auto Show Rolls Into The Baltimore Convention Center

If you’re looking for a new ride you just might find one in Charm City this weekend.


Artist Highlights Love Of Baltimore, Black History Month

He’s one of Baltimore’s best known artists, who gave up his regular job to pursue his passion.


Maryland Zoo Animals Disagree With Groundhog, Predict Short Winter

Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow today, predicting six more weeks of winter. Some animals at the Maryland Zoo made their own prognostications.


Baltimore County Restaurant ‘Week’ To Last Through Feb. 4

Baltimore County Restaurant “Week” is here, but it actually lasts 16 days.


Baltimore Bus System Gets New Look And New Name

More than 250,000 people take the bus in Baltimore every day. Now their “ride” is getting a new look and a better connection.


Baltimore’s Restaurant Week Begins Friday

If you’re a “foodie,” the next 10 days (Jan. 13-22) should be something to savor here in Baltimore.


A Baltimore Holiday Tradition: The Wise Ave. Fire Co. Train Garden

It’s a must see during the holidays in Baltimore, and it’s still happening in Dundalk.


Wieters And Wife To Match BARCS Donations Through Saturday

Matt Wieters will match donations to BARCS animal shelter dollar for dollar up to $32,000 through the end of the year.


Skaters Excited For New Park In Hampden

There’s a new destination in Hampden, and hundreds of people are flocking to it to have fun.


Dead Fish Washing On Shore Puzzles County Residents

If you live on the water in eastern Baltimore County you may be seeing something that’s rather unpleasant. Thousands of dead fish are washing up on shore.


Millions Of Travelers Hit The Road For Holiday Weekend

AAA says 2016 is on track to be a record year for travelers across the country. In Maryland, it is expected that 2.2 million Marylanders will be traveling, with about 91% driving.


Note-worthy Holiday Gifts In Catonsville

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, you might want to head to Catonsville, as some local businesses are hitting all the right notes for the holidays.


Downtown Hotel Reaches Out To Community To ‘Blanket Baltimore’

For the third year in a row, a popular downtown Baltimore Hotel is reaching out to help the needy in our community.


Flacco, Pitta Attend Special Olympics Maryland ‘Breakfast With Champions’

Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta took some time away from the field Tuesday morning and headed to Towson University.


Food, Community & Free Pumpkin Pies At Geresbeck’s Market For Thanksgiving

Touch football, free pumpkin pies and a local supermarket giving back to the community. It’s all part of Thanksgiving in Middle River.


Kennedy Krieger’s Festival Of Trees Begins This Weekend

The Festival of Trees draws thousands of people to the state fairgrounds in Timonium each year.


Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Featured on WJZ’s Manic Monday

It was a sweet way to start the morning here on WJZ, a Manic Monday with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.


Best Dressed Sale to Benefit Patient Care at Hopkins

The Best Dressed Sale benefit patient care at Johns Hopkins. Ron Matz reports.


In True Baltimore Fashion, Hundreds To Visit Poe’s Grave For Halloween

Halloween and Edgar Allen Poe. It’s a spooky combination that will bring hundreds of folks to the writer’s grave site in West Baltimore tonight.


Zombies, Mermaids Coming Out The Woodwork For Halloween

If you plan to celebrate Halloween, you’ll have a lot of company.


Marylanders, Including One Ravens Player, Helping Devastated Haiti

It’s been three weeks since Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti. Thousands in the Caribbean nation are still in desperate need of help.


This Weekend’s LUNGevity Walk To Be Held In Honor Of Late Orioles PR Director

More than 200,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States every year, and about 20 percent of them are non-smokers.


Baltimore Org. Rescuing Abandoned, Abused Dogs From Kuwait

They are survivors of a war torn country in the Persian Gulf and they’ve found a new home right here in Baltimore.


Baltimore Beer Week is Back With a Cold One or Two

If you like a cold one every once in a while, its your time of year, Baltimore Beer Week has arrived.


City Fire Dept. Dispute Could Halt Baltimore Haunted House Tradition

Bennett’s Curse has scared Halloween fans for 15 years, but the walk through attraction in South Baltimore–which drew 10,000 people last year–may not open this year because of a dispute with the city fire department.