A native Philadelphian, Matt Alba returns to his roots to report in the city he knows best!

Matt prepared for his career in journalism by earning a degree from Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication.

Prior to joining PHL17 News, Matt worked for WCBD, NBC News 2 in Charleston, South Carolina, where he covered several award-winning stories. Matt was one of the first reporters on the scene the night of the Mother Emanuel massacre, which left nine African-American parishioners dead inside the basement of their church. Matt extensively covered the controversial shooting death of Walter Scott by a North Charleston Police Officer. During his time in the south, Matt was nominated for a Southeast Emmy for his breaking news coverage during the historic South Carolina floods of 2015.

Matt also enjoyed working at two northern NBC affiliates. As a general assignment reporter for two years at WMGM, NBC40 in Atlantic City, NJ, he covered Hurricane Sandy and other breaking stories, periodically as anchor. While part of the news team at NBC10 in Philadelphia, Matt was a Production Assistant and Assignment Manager.

A lifelong sports enthusiast and athlete, Matt is thrilled to be back in the City of Brotherly Love covering his hometown teams. Let’s go birds!

Matt invites story ideas, and volunteer opportunities to his social media pages.
Don’t hesitate to say “Hi” if you see Matt around town as he makes Fairmount his new home.


Recent Articles
  • Hilton Breaks Ground on First Hotel in Camden in more than 50 years

    CAMDEN, NJ — At the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge, developers broke ground on Camden’s first hotel in more than 50 years. The new Hilton Garden Inn will be built adjacent to the new American Water headquarters along the Camden waterfront. “Times have changed here in our city,” said Camden mayor, Frank Moran. “Everyone turned their backs on the city and walked out and left us to fend for ourselves. If it were not for the incentives that were […]

  • Phillies Fight Through Tears Remembering Former Chairman David Montgomery

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – After a courageous five year battle against cancer, on Wednesday morning the Philadelphia Phillies announced longtime Chairman David Montgomery had passed away. Montgomery had been with the Phillies since 1971, working in the ticket office during the day and helping operate the scoreboard at night. @Phillies fight through tears remembering chairman David Montgomery who passed away today after a courageous 5-year battle w/ cancer. Former 2nd baseman Mickey Morandini said Montgomery knew EVERYONE working 4 the Phillies: […]

  • Victims React After Tires Slashed on 20 Vehicles in Wynnefield

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – As the sun came up Monday morning, residents in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia realized sometime overnight their tires had gone down. Philadelphia police say approximately 20 vehicles on the 2200 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue had their tires slashed overnight. Many of the vehicles had three tires slashed. Several homes and businesses on the street had surveillance cameras on the road. At this time police have not released a photo of a suspect. @PhillyPolice say about […]

  • New Exhibits at Eastern State Penitentiary; Artistic Mural Behind Al Capone’s Cell Wall

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – When historic preservationists went to re-plaster the walls inside notorious mob boss Al Capone’s cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary, they found over 20 layers of paint underneath the gangster’s old wall.  Some of the layers ended up being artistic murals, likely created by the inmates. Recent conservation efforts return one cell to how it likely appeared in the late 1920s when Capone was incarcerated at Eastern State. A second cell interprets the history of artistry that […]

  • Living Flame Memorial Service Honors Fallen Philadelphia Firefighter Capt. Benny Hutchins

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – The annual City of Philadelphia Living Flame Memorial Service was held in Franklin Square Park Wednesday afternoon, honoring police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The name of Capt. Benny Hutchins was added to the monument this year, joining deceased fire and police colleagues who died in service. His name was placed near the names of Philadelphia Firefighters Kenneth Greene, Sr. and Matthew LeTourneau, who were added before last year’s memorial service. PHL17 spoke […]

  • Delco Landmark, Charlie’s Hamburgers, Opens New Location

    FOLSOM, PA –  Charlie’s Hamburgers has been grilling juicy, beefy burgers in Delaware County for the past 84 years. This week they opened their new location at 237 E. MacDade Blvd., in a strip center between Advanced Auto Parts and H&R Block. Owners of the legendary Delco business say they’ve kept everything the same, and plan on adding some fried foods to the menu soon. PHL17’s Matt Alba was there for the grand opening! Sometimes a PERFECT interview falls into […]

  • Exclusive: Baby Peregrine Falcons Hatch in Manayunk’s St. John the Baptist Church Tower

    MANAYUNK, PA –  A pair of the fastest animals on earth are hunting around St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk. For the past seven years, a pair of Peregrine falcons have been living and hunting from the top of the iconic church bell tower. The massive church tower, on the corner of Cresson and Rector St., is one of the most beautiful and recognizable pieces of architecture in Manayunk – but not many people know about the falcons living […]

  • Via Veneto Pizza & Italian Ice to Expand in 2020; A Brief History of a Local Legend

    NORRISTOWN, PA – After closing their pizza shop doors at 1803 Markley Street in Norristown in 2013, Via Veneto Pizza and Italian Ice owner, Domenic Stabile, vowed to his customers, “We’ll be back!” Now, after six years in a shopping center off Rt. 202 in East Norriton, the longtime Montgomery County favorite will be opening a second location, again on Markley St., sometime next year. For 46 years, Via Veneto Pizza and Italian Ice has been a staple in Montgomery […]

  • Townsends Inlet Bridge to Remain Closed Until “Late Summer”

    CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ – For the third summer in a row, the Townsends Inlet Bridge, which connects Sea Isle City to Avalon, will be closed for a portion of the summer. Engineers from Cape May County say the going repairs, and replacement of seven spans of the bridge, are taking longer than expected, and the vital connector to both shore towns will not reopen until “late summer.” Officials say the nearly 80-year-old bridge cannot open until late summer because […]

  • Wings Lacrosse Player Faces his Brother in Another Match of their ‘Lifelong Sibling Rivalry’

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Saturday when the Philadelphia Wings take on the Calgary Roughnecks, the Josh and Zach Currier will be guarding each other, as they play on opposing teams. The Currier brothers explained to PHL17 how this game is just another chapter in their lifelong sibling rivalry! They both played NCAA lacrosse, Josh at Virginia Wesleyan and Zach at Princeton. Currently, Zach is a Transition player for the Roughnecks. Josh is a Forward for the Wings! Catch them facing […]

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