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.

Bore Of Fort McHenry Tunnel To Shut Down For Run Sunday

More than 100,000 vehicles travel through the Fort McHenry every day, but once a year you get the chance to walk through it.


Help People Suffering from Life-Threatening Illnesses By Dining Out

Moveable Feast delivers more than 840,000 meals every year to those with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses and on Thursday you can help them by just dining out.


Show Your Purple Pride With Official Ravens Stencils

Ravens fans are painting the town, and their vehicles, purple with the official Ravens logo stencils.


Baltimore’s 911 Operators Win Award For Their Work During Unrest

Baltimore’s 911 operators have won an award for their work during the city’s period of civil unrest last year.


Retiring Broadcast Legend Charles Osgood Grew Up In Baltimore

A retiring broadcast legend and spent part of his early years growing up right here in Baltimore.


Md. Wrestling Gold Medalist Is Living Her Dream

At the just-completed Rio Olympics, Maryland athletes took home 18 gold medals. One of those belongs to Helen Maroulis.


Ravens Help Tackle City’s Trash Problem

They might be huge fans of the color purple, but members of the Ravens organization are hitting the streets to help Baltimore go green.


O’s Team Up With 4-Legged Friends In 2017 Pet Calendar

The Orioles and their furry friends are teaming up with BARCS to help raise funds for homeless animals.


Harry Kalinsky Remembered After Passing Earlier This Week

Baltimore remembers Harry Kalinsky, one of the city’s best known characters, after passing away earlier this week.


Otakon Comes To Baltimore One Last Time This Weekend

If you see a lot of people in downtown Baltimore walking around in costume this weekend, there’s a good reason.


Penn Station Seeking Developers for Renovations

Improvements are coming to Penn Station as Amtrak is accepting bids from developers to renovate the 100-year-old building.


Don’t Miss Out – It’s Baltimore County Restaurant Week

When does a week actually last 16 days? That would be during Baltimore County’s Restaurant “Week.”


National Aquarium Celebrates Their 35th Anniversary

It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Baltimore and in Maryland and today it’s marking 35 years in Charm City.


Actor Jim Belushi Jams With Bands In Fells Point

The weekends bring a lot of people to the bars and restaurants in Fells Point, and you never know who might show up.


World’s Biggest Crab Feast Set To Feed 2,500 People Friday

If you like steamed crabs, Annapolis will be the place to be tomorrow.


Major Makeover Coming To McKeldin Square

Major changes are expected for a swathe of land on the Inner Harbor that is one of Baltimore’s best known locations.


Audubon Society Recognizes BGE for Bird-Friendly Habitat

It’s an unusual place to find a bird friendly habitat, but it’s happening in the city with the help of a major corporation in Baltimore.


Hundreds Of Students Getting Summertime Education Through The Arts

There was no place better to celebrate National Summer Learning Day than right here in Baltimore.


Students Combine Leadership & Farming to Make Summer Cash

It’s summer in the city and for a group of Baltimore high school students it means getting an education about farming and making a few bucks for their hard work.


Elkridge Bakery Wins Cooking Channel Competition

A Howard County bakery is celebrating today, after winning a major competition on the Cooking Channel.


2016 Little Italy Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

t’s the grand-daddy of Baltimore’s summer outdoor film festivals, and it starts tonight.


Baltimore Man Wrote The Book On Handling Crises

You’ve seen it happen time and time again here in Baltimore and around the country: a crisis that plays out in the public eye.


15 Students Pursue Their Passion At Summer Film Camp

For most students, summer is a time to enjoy and be with friends away from school.


Triple Amputee Veteran Is 2016 ‘Faces Of Valor’ Honoree

He was critically wounded seven years ago fighting in Afghanistan, but on Sunday, he’ll be honored in Annapolis.


Summer Solstice Concert at the Rawlings Conservatory

The sweet sounds of summer from Baltimore’s own Gregory Thompkins will be heard tonight outside Baltimore’s Rawlings Conservatory.


Science Center Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

It opened in June of 1976, one of the first attractions at Baltimore’s new Inner Harbor.


City Councilmembers Demand Answers To Election Problems

City leaders demand answers to the problems with this year’s primary election.


FOOD FIGHT: 3 Cities’ Worth Of Food Trucks Descend On Baltimore

Baltimore is going to have a food fight Saturday, but it’s all in good fun and for charity.


Riders Prepare For 16th Annual ‘Ride Across Maryland’

This weekend, participants in Dick Gelfman’s 16th annual Ride Across Maryland will raise money for cancer-related causes.


Nyquist’s Trainer Appears On WJZ’s Manic Monday Ahead of Preakness Stakes

Doug O’Neill, trainer for Nyquist is eyeing up another big win this weekend at Pimlico Race Course.


Bell From Navy Ship Bombed At Pearl Harbor Found In Baltimore Co.

It was one of the ships that stood alongside the U.S.S. Arizona when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor. Now an important piece of that ship has been found in Baltimore County.


Family, Friends Remember Longtime Baltimore Arabber Donald D. ‘Manboy’ Savoy Sr.

Family and friends say goodbye to a man who for nearly 70 years worked the streets of Charm City as an arabber. Ron Matz has more on the death of Donald D. ‘Manboy’ Savoy Sr.


Kinetic Sculpture Race Is This Weekend

It’s one of the most exciting and imaginative events in Baltimore and it always draws a big crowd.


18th Annual Maryland Film Festival Kicks Off In Baltimore

Movie lovers get ready, the 18th annual Maryland Film Festival is kicking off in Baltimore.


Excitement Builds As $40M Renovation Nears Completion At Pikesville High School

She’s never been a high school principal before, but in less than a year, she’s transforming her school and the lives of other students.


Thousands Expected At Charm City Bluegrass Festival

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thousands of bluegrass music fans will gather in Baltimore on Saturday. They’ll get to listen to some of the best in the business at a festival that continues to grow. Ron Matz reports Druid Hill Park is ready to come alive with the sound of music. The organizers of the Charm City […]


Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland to Hold Fundraising Gala

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland serves more than 1 million meals per year to homebound seniors in the Baltimore area.


Raise A Glass At Highlandtown Wine Festival

It started as a small gathering with just friends and family. Now 13 years later, it’s one of the biggest events of spring in Baltimore.


Army Vet Biking Around The World For Charity Stops In Baltimore

An Army veteran serving two tours in Iraq is now on a mission to bike around the world all word a good cause.


10-Pound Oriole Bird Lands In Fells Point

It’s one of the most familiar sports logos in Baltimore and around the country. It’s orange and black and it’s always flying high.


Md. Food Bank Working With Local Restaurants To Help Fight Hunger

On any day, one out of every eight Marylanders isn’t sure where their next meal will be coming from. That’s where the Maryland Food Bank comes in.


6th Annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament To Benefit Meals on Wheels

Local chefs are gearing up for the 6th annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament.


Longtime Ravens Marching Band Holding Open Tryouts

They’ve been around nearly 70 years, and they’re a beloved part of Baltimore. You see them every Sunday at Ravens home games.


Baltimore Celebrates Greek Week

It’s Greek Week in Baltimore. Greek-owned restaurants will be featuring specials and there’s much more over the next seven days.


Health Initiative Aims To Empower Women, Put Their Health First

Diabetes is a serious problem here in Baltimore and around the country, but there’s an effort to educate people, especially women.


MTA Radio On The Air In Baltimore

Baltimore has a new radio station. It’s the brainchild of the Maryland Transit Administration, and it’s aimed at commuters.


Baltimore Artist Wins Prestigious National Award

This former MICA student is hoping her work will challenge stereotypes.


Teelin Irish Dance Team To Perform At St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On Sunday, Baltimore will host one of its biggest events of the year.


Orioles Heads Groundskeeper Wins Women’s Leadership Award

You’ve met Nicole McFadyen before.


It’s National Pancake Day!

It’s National Pancake Day and the annual celebration sponsored by IHOP is underway here in Baltimore.


Hundreds Will Audition To Become Ravens Cheerleaders

If you’ve ever dreamed about performing in front of 70,000 people, now’s your chance. The first step could come Saturday at the Merritt Downtown Athletic Club.


Family Of Woman Injured In ATV Accident Raising Funds For Hospital

It’s been nearly six months since an Owings Mills woman suffered a traumatic brain injury celebrating her 40th birthday in Costa Rica.


Students Will Dance To Make A Difference In 12-Hour “Tigerthon”

It’s going to be a busy weekend for hundreds of students at Towson University. They’ll be up all night Friday night, and it’s all for a good cause.


First Annual ‘Django Jazz Festival’ Hitting Right Notes In Baltimore

Django Reinhardt was one of the world’s greatest guitarists. His music is making a comeback. You’ll have a chance to hear it and much more this weekend in Baltimore.


Stroke Survivors Improve Health Through Weekly Yoga Class

Recovering from a stroke can be difficult and can present many challenges, but in Anne Arundel County a special class is helping stroke survivors with yoga.


Annual Lenten Food Sale Back, Benefits St. Casimir

Lenten foods are on the menu for many people and some of the best dinners are being served up at a school in Canton.


BGE Team Up With Students For Black History Month Project

-BGE is celebrating its 200th anniversary with Art With a Heart, a non profit organization which brings art into the community.


3rd Generation Baltimore Business Celebrates 100th Anniversary

It’s a third-generation Baltimore business and now it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary.


Maryland Zoo Prepares Animals For The Big Chill

On the frozen tundra of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore where the eagle has landed, even the warm weather penguins from South Africa are feeling the big chill.


Baltimore Artist Highlights The Importance Of Black History Month

He was an architectural engineer who decided to leave his job 16 years ago to pursue his first love. Now he’s a successful artist with a gallery in south Baltimore.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra About To Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Thirty-five appearances at Carnegie Hall, eight international tours, 56 commercial recordings and three Grammy awards. That’s just some of the amazing accomplishments of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


Baltimore Restaurant Week Extended, Thanks To Blizzard

If you’re looking for a good meal at a bargain price in Baltimore, you can still get one. The annual Restaurant Week has been extended.


VIRAL VIDEO: Howard County Principal Has Snow Day Fun

A Howard County Public Schools principal had some fun too while schools were closed following the blizzard of 2016.


Fundraiser Being Held To Preserve Fells Point Landmark

Preservation efforts are underway in Fells Point for one of the city’s oldest urban residence, dating back to the 1700’s.


Partial Roof Collapse Reported At Parkville Middle School

Crews are on the scene of a partial roof collapse at Parkville Middle School.


Neighbors Across The City Helping Each Other Dig Out

It’s a scene being played out all across the city and the state–neighbors helping each other dig out.


Transplant Survivor Shares Spotlight In Everyman Theater’s ‘Under The Skin’

There’s a new play at Everyman Theater in Baltimore and its taking on a special meaning for the theater, especially a member of the crew.


Fans Of Divine Want To Build Monument Honoring Late Actor

He was a Baltimore native and went on to star in movies and TV. Now there’s a proposal to build a monument honoring the late actor Divine.


Balt. Co. Restaurant Week Showcases 58 Restaurants For 16 Days

County officials said in a statement that Restaurant Week begins Friday and that 58 restaurants are participating in the meal deals. Participating restaurants are offering special meals at discounted fixed prices. The brunch, lunch and dinner specials include from one to three courses and cost from $15 to $35.


Miss Shirley’s To Be Featured On Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

Miss Shirley’s Cafe, known for their southern style brunch, will be featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Friday.


Paul Simon Exhibit Makes A Stop In Baltimore

The Paul Simon exhibit is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Baltimore is the first stop on a nationwide tour.


New Program Lets You Pay Off Library Fines With Food

If you have an overdue book at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, you have a chance to pay your penalty with food. It’s a unique program that helps the hungry.


Baltimore Chef Getting International Recognition

He’s one of Baltimore’s and the East Coast’s best known chefs, and now he’s getting international recognition.


New Years Eve Preps Continue In Baltimore

In a couple hours we’ll say bye to 2015 and hello to 2016.


Downtown Hotel Wants To ‘Blanket Baltimore’

The temperatures may not show it but winter is here and a downtown hotel is working to help those in need stay warm at this time of year.


Baltimore’s Jewish Community Volunteers To Help The Needy On Christmas

On this Christmas Day, members of Baltimore’s Jewish community have been busy reaching out to help those in need.


Poinsettia Show Offers Beautiful Holiday Display

It’s the most popular plant or flowers of the holiday season and you have a chance to see them in all their glory right here in Baltimore.


Beer Bottles Recycled Into Candles For A Cause

So what can you do with an empty beer bottle?


Trax On Wax Owner Says Turntables, Records Popular Christmas Gifts

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift you might want to head to Catonsville.


Skateboarders To Join Mayor’s Christmas Parade In Hampden

It was supposed to happen just one time, but now, 42 years later, the Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden has become one of Baltimore’s most popular traditions.


Retirement Community Stuffs Stockings For Needy Families

Residents of one special retirement community are stuffing stockings for Baltimore’s needy.


Sunset Elementary Wins 18th Annual Mammoth Manic Monday Meltdown

If you were in Fells Point Monday morning, you probably heard a lot of people singing.


Federal Hill Restaurant Works To Help Woman Injured On Vacation

It’s a family’s worst nightmare: an accident taking place while far from home. That’s what happened to an Owings Mills woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury while on vacation.


St. Leo’s Hosting Semi-Annual Ravioli Dinner Sunday

Meatballs, spaghetti and ravioli — and it’s all homemade. Great food is just one part of Sunday’s big fundraiser in Little Italy.


Volunteers Pack Thousands Of Meals For The Needy

Dozens of volunteers were busy in Halethorpe Thursday where they packed thousands of meals for the needy.


Baltimore Gets Spirited For Halloween

If you don’t think Halloween is big, the National Retail Federation says Americans will spend nearly $7 billion on costumes, candy and more.


Parkway Theatre Celebrates 100th Anniversary, Renovation Underway

Friday marks the anniversary of a landmark Baltimore building. The Parkway Theatre was built on this date 100 years ago.


New Life For The Shuttered Hollywood Diner

It’s just a block from City Hall, but for many years, the Hollywood Diner has struggled to find customers. Now it’s closed.


‘Stanstock 2015’ Features 28-Band Music Fest. For A Good Cause

Two days, more than two dozen bands all coming together for charity and it’s all happening this weekend in Baltimore!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ron Matz has a preview of this weekend’s Baltimore Marathon in today’s People Are Talking.


Charm City Icon Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Gets Makeover

It was built in 1911 and, at one time, was the tallest building in Baltimore.


Fire Dept. Thrill Show Offers Family-Friendly Fun, Fire Safety Info

From simulated car fires to games for children. It’s all part of a big event sponsored by the Baltimore City Fire Department.


Maryland Historic Society Starts Competition To Find New “Poe Toaster”

He wrote his first horror story in Baltimore and he’s buried here. Wendesday marks the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death.


Charm City Circulator To Expand; Rides To Remain Free

It’s a free ride, and more than 4 million people use it in Baltimore every year.


Designer Names For A Good Cause At The ‘One Great Thing’ Sale

Jewelry, shoes, handbags and big name designers. It’s all part of the “One Great Thing” sale this weekend which benefits the House of Ruth Maryland.


Baltimore Book Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary This Weekend

The Baltimore Book Festival is now in its 20th year, and the tents are already up at the Inner Harbor.


Running & Walking Through The Fort McHenry Tunnel For A Great Cause

More than 41-million vehicles travel through it every year, but on Sunday you’ll have a chance to run or walk through the Fort McHenry tunnel.


Upcoming ‘Dining Out For Life’ To Raise Money For Moveable Feast

They deliver hundreds of thousands of meals every year here in Maryland to those suffering from life threatening illnesses. On Thursday, you can help them raise some much needed money.


Walk Honors 7-Year-Old Boy Who Died Of Cancer

He was only seven when he died of cancer six years ago, but during his short life, a Harford County boy managed to touch the lives of everyone he met.


Purple Pride On Full Display For Ravens Manic Monday

The countdown is on! The start of the NFL season is right around the corner. With just six days before the Ravens’ first game, fans can’t wait.