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
  • UniverSoul Circus returns to Philadelphia for 20th season

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – The UniverSoul Circus is in Philadelphia for the next month! Dozens of performers let PHL17 reporter, Matt Alba, attempt some of their acts. UniverSoul Circus is in its 20th anniversary season in Fairmount Park (next to Mann Center) with 47 grand shows from November 3-27, 2016. Philadelphia will serve as the ultimate finale and serve as UniverSoul’s final stop for their 2016 tour. A big top spectacle of global proportions, this milestone edition is ready to take […]

  • SEPTA strike ends; services back to normal by Election Day

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTA and TWU Local 234 have announced a tentative five-year contract that will bring 4,700-plus employees back to work and end a six-day strike that shut down the City Transit Division. Service will be phased-back in today on the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line subway, city buses and trolleys, with full schedules restored by the start of the service day on Tuesday. “We believe this agreement is fair to our employees, and to the fare-paying customers and […]

  • Philadelphia VA Medical Center accomdates patients during SEPTA strike

    Philadelphia, PA – Officials with the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC say they open for normal operations during the SEPTA strike. Fern Billet, Interim Public Affairs Officer, said, “We’ve been following our schedules very regularly and we have noticed that we have seen a larger increase in our cancellation rate and no-show rate; but we are preparing for when the strike is over and how we are going to bring in all of our patient so they can be seen.” Billet […]

  • UPDATE: Say Goodbye to the Iconic Departure Board at 30th Street Station

    PHILADELPHIA, PA –  UPDATE: After posting this story in October of 2016, we’ve been wondering when the Solari board would be replaced. Well, wonder no more – on Friday Amtrak announced the board will be replaced with a digital board in January of 2019. — Philadelphia’s iconic departure board at 30th Street Station will soon be replaced. Amtrak currently has a project underway to improve the passenger information displays (PIDs) at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.  The idea is to improve the […]

  • Temple University students and police assaulted by teen flash mob in N. Philly

    NORTH PHILADELPHIA, PA – Reports say four teens ranging from 15 to 17-years-old were taken into custody in connection to random attacks Friday near Temple University. Police say they have increased their presence in the area this week and will continue to do so throughout the weekend. Authorities say with Halloween parties likely to be happening all around campus this weekend, patrols will be on high alert. Investigators say the group of teens randomly targeted Temple students as well as two […]

  • La Salle High gears up for football rivalry against St. Joseph’s Prep

    CHELTENHAM, PA – The La Salle College High School Explorers are hoping to take down the nationally ranked St. Joe’s Prep Hawks this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh. Last year’s Catholic League Championship between La Salle (5 – 2) and St. Joe’s Prep (6 – 0) was a thriller, as a juggled touchdown in the final seconds sealed the win for La Salle. The Hawks, who are currently No. 18th in the country, will be looking for redemption […]

  • Harry Potter Festival hits Chestnut Hill this weekend

    CHESTNUT HILL, PA – Harry Potter fans from around the world will descend on Chestnut Hill this weekend, broomsticks and magic wands in hand, for the sixth annual Harry Potter Festival! The Harry Potter Festival will once again take over Chestnut Hill as the destination, located just outside of Center City in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, mystically morphs into Hogsmeade for the annual fan festival. From October 21 – 22, 2016, thousands of fans will flock to the destination […]

  • Faculty at 14 Pennsylvania State Universities Go On Strike

    WEST CHESTER, PA – Faculty members at 14 Pennsylvania State universities went on strike at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, after contract negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its faculty union could not reach an agreement. The strike impacts over 5,500 faculty members and over 105,000 students. The walkout affects students who attend Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester universities as their classrooms will likely […]

  • Cheesesteak and Food Festival hits Citizens Bank Park

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – Saturday October 15th marks the 2nd Annual Philly Cheesesteak and Food Festival at Citizens Bank Park. Organizer and founder of the event, David Feldman, told PHL17 the event is a culmination of “all things Philadelphia.”  Feldman said over 80 grills will be fired up in the parking lot outside the ballpark, with hundreds of chefs cooking cheesesteaks throughout the afternoon. Tickets are available online and can be purchased here.    OVER 50 FOOD VENDORS SAMPLING THEIR SIGNATURE CHEESESTEAKS, HOAGIES, […]

  • Adventure Aquarium to release Sea Turtle back into the wild

    CAMDEN, NJ – Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend at the Adventure Aquarium is exciting for a number of reasons! Inside Sea Turtle Cove you’ll be able to meet and feed Sea Turtles; Bob, Stiches, and Old Green. You’ll also be able to meet the hatchling, Koopa, before she is released back into the wild on October 17th. Koopa is part of a nationwide hatchling rehab and release program. If a young turtle like Koopa doesn’t make it out of its nest, it’s […]

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