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 Annenberg School of Media and Communications.

Prior to joining PHL17 News, Matt worked at 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 NBC40 in Atlantic City, NJ he covered Hurricane Sandy and other breaking stories, periodically as anchor. While a 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
  • Nurses strike at Delco hospital

    DREXEL HILL, PA – Hundreds of employees at a Delaware County hospital are off the job this week.   Nearly 400 employees are off the job because of what they call stalled bargaining and unfair labor practices by their new owner Prospect Medical Holdings.   Monday morning, dozens of picketers stood outside the Delaware County Memorial Hospital along North Lansdowne Avenue for day two of the planned two-day labor strike. Picketers already out in Delco at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. […]

  • NJ town paints blue line in street for police; Feds say unsafe

    EVESHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ – In October of last year, towns throughout New Jersey painted blue lines in the middle of downtown roads to show support for law enforcement, but the federal government says the lines are unsafe. On New Road in Marlton, a blue line was painted in the middle of the street. Evesham Township Mayor Randy Brown said,  “You can come and try to take a blue line up but I’ll tell you right now, it’s never going to […]

  • Camden County high schools hope to avoid heroin overdoses with Narcan

    CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ – Three high schools in Camden County will soon have the life saving drug Narcan readily available if someone is overdosing from heroin.   Officials say because New Jersey’s opioid epidemic is so severe, schools in Camden County are taking preventative steps to combat fatal heroin overdoses.   Louis Cappelli is the Camden County Freeholder Director and told PHL17 Morning News, “In Camden County, over the past three years, police officers have saved over 360 lives through […]

  • 10-year-old Muslim girl from NJ launches her own line of hijabs

    BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ – A young Muslim girl from Burlington County New Jersey wants teens and tweens to feel comfortable wearing the traditional Muslim headscarf known as a hijab – so she decided to make her own colorful line of them. Ameenah Muhammad Diggins says she was thrilled when her 10-year-old daughter, Amaya,  expressed interest in wearing a hijab full time earlier this year. Ameenah explained, “So it’s just like a symbol of women who believe. I said, ‘Great! and […]

  • Parents of Autistic Students Against Trump’s Education Secretary Nominee, Betsy DeVos

    Philadelphia, PA — A group of parents of students with disabilities, advocates, and Philadelphia council members presented Senator Pat Toomey with a letter urging him to vote against Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. Wednesday afternoon, councilmembers at-large, Derek Green and Helen Gym hand delivered the letter to Toomey’s Philadelphia office and then held a press conference outside. The signers consider Ms. DeVos’ stated positions on IDEA protections for students with disabilities, as well as her unwillingness to support federal oversight […]

  • Penn Charter Coach will watch former player, Matt Ryan, in Super Bowl LI

    Philadelphia, PA — In the trophy case at the William Penn Charter School in East Falls, a fading Matt Ryan signature on a championship game ball is getting some extra attention this week.   Ryan is the current quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons NFL team – who will be playing in Super Bowl LI this Sunday.   “Did we know he was going to be possibly the MVP of the NFL…no!” said Edward Foley who is the Associate Athletic Director […]

  • Protesters march outside GOP retreat Thursday

    Dozens of separate protests took place on Thursday. Many of them convening around 13th and Market, which was as close to the GOP congressional delegation as they could get. A huge security perimeter kept traffic and protesters a few blocks away. Protesters took to the streets to demonstrate about the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights, and immigration, among other topics. Philadelphia city council member Helen Gym took place in a die-in, which is where people lie down on the ground […]

  • Philly cyclists want better snow removal for bike lanes

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – With more snow on the way, cyclists in the Old City section of Philadelphia say they want better snow removal options for their thin commuting lanes. John Boyle is the research director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and explained how the 5th Street Tunnel’s plastic barriers were removed so plow trucks could clear the tunnel; thus creating a more dangerous ride for cyclists. Boyle explained how plowed snow eventually ends up in the bike lane, […]

  • Sugary drink tax already funding preschoolers in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – This current school year, money generated from the Philadelphia beverage tax is already allowing close to 2,000 additional preschoolers to attend a tuition free school. Philadelphia’s expanded Pre-K program began Wednesday at close to 100 schools in the city. Betty Burke-Howell’s 3-year-old daughter, Khloe, is now enrolled at Casa Del Carmen in North Philadelphia, which is one of the schools with a newly expanded quality Pre-K. Burke-Howell explained, “This is her first time in preschool. She loves […]

  • St. Joe’s student with rare condition inspires Mummers

    Philadelphia, PA – In this year’s 2017 Sugarhouse Casino Mummers Parade, the Bryson New Year’s Brigade will be wearing brains on their t-shirts.   It’s to raise awareness about a rare brain condition which has plagued a young St. Joe’s University baseball star named Joey Gorman who has persevered through two brain surgeries, a cyst in his spinal cord, and five other life threatening surgeries…all to get back on the baseball diamond. Gorman was lifting weights his freshman year at St. […]

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