Who is Matthew Mario Rivera?
Matthew Mario Rivera, better known as Matt Rivera, is an American multimedia producer, reporter, and an adjunct professor at 'New York University' (NYU). A journalism graduate from ‘NYU,’ Matthew began his career as a video journalist and later worked for 'The Wall Street Journal' and 'NBC.' He was also associated with ‘NYU’ as an adjunct professor. At ‘NYU,’ Matthew gave lessons on video production and journalism. He has also contributed to 'The Wall Street Journal' as its multimedia producer and reporter. Matthew is one of the key persons behind 'NBC’s 'Meet the Press,' the longest-running show in the history of TV. He not only served as the senior digital producer for 'Meet the Press with Chuck Todd,’ based in Washington, but also led several projects to expand the channel digitally. He also produces a daily elections podcast, a weekly interview podcast, and a weekly enterprise video for 'Meet the Press.' Prior to his tenure at 'The Wall Street Journal,' Matthew had co-founded a New York City-based production company that created feature documentaries, reality TV programs, and corporate videos. Matthew has earned praises for his remarkable efforts at 'NBC,' including the launch of several 'Original Video' projects that explain the political process better. Many of his works have been featured on 'A&E,' the 'BBC,' and the 'Travel Channel.' Matthew is married to his 'NBC' colleague Kasie Hunt.
Childhood & Early Life
Matthew Mario Rivera was born in 1982, to Daniel O Rivera, a retired lieutenant from the sheriff’s office, and Loraine V Vetter, a registered nurse at the 'St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center.'
After divorcing Daniel, Matthew’s mother married Larry Vetter, an environmentalist who owns a consulting company in Lindenhurst, New York.
Matthew attended 'Sachem High School' from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, he was enrolled at 'NYU,' from where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.
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Matthew began his career in 2004, after completing his education at ‘NYU.’ He felt the need to have a platform to produce original documentaries and innovative ideas that could be promoted to various content distributors. Hence, Matthew laid the foundation of 'Moose Productions.' This award-winning production studio focused on creating high-quality documentaries and developing innovative projects. Within 3 years of its inception, 'Moose Productions' created a feature film and several short films. Following this, Matthew began investing in TV production, digital news segments, and corporate marketing. He also increased the number of his company’s employees and started operating 'Moose' from three countries and across two continents.
From 2005 to 2007, Matthew worked as a video journalist for 'CareerTV,' a global internet and social-media company. Simultaneously, he joined ‘Fast Company,' a monthly business magazine, as a video journalist. He worked there for a few months. Matthew has also worked as a video journalist for 'TitanTV,' one of the broadcast industry's leading online software and information providers.
In March 2008, Matthew was hired by 'The Wall Street Journal' as a reporter. He was later made the multimedia producer of this New York-based business-focused international daily newspaper. Working as a reporter, Matthew covered the collapse of the financial industry extensively. He also helped launch 'WSJ Live,' an online version of 'WSJ,' 'The Wall Street Journal's luxury lifestyle magazine. He also contributed in developing and producing six new original series for the newspaper's local edition, 'Greater New York.'
At 'The Wall Street Journal,' Matthew played a significant role in the management and judicious utilization of personnel and resources for their New York productions. He was also responsible for training the reporters on an advanced level of electronic journalism, along with developing and tracking story budgets with the 'Page One/A-hed' team. A few months later, Matthew began working as a video reporter for 'The Wall Street Journal.' He also served as an adjunct professor (a non-tenure-track faculty) of guerilla journalism at 'New York University.' Additionally, he was a guest lecturer at the 'Bauhaus-Weimar' and a visiting instructor at the 'BBC’s video journalism program held in Newcastle, England.
In September 2010, Matthew joined 'NBCNews.com.' In his 6 years at 'NBCNews.com,' Matthew headed the production of several 'Original Video' news series and established himself as a senior producer. He also collaborated on the production of other series. Matthew led a team that worked for 'NBC News' videos in the digital space, using new styles and formats.
Currently, Matthew is the senior digital producer of 'Meet the Press with Chuck Todd,' an ‘NBC’ morning public affairs program featuring interviews of many American and world leaders. As the digital leader of the show, Matthew has a key role in placing 'NBC' on various emerging digital platforms through this longest-running show in the history of TV. He majorly focuses on attracting digital audience for the network. Matthew expanded 'NBC’s most popular weekly TV news and interview program, 'Meet the Press,' by launching a number of shows and events. Such events include 'The Meet the Press Film Festival,' in collaboration with the 'American Film Institute' (AFI); '1947: The Meet the Press Podcast'; and 'Meet the Press: The Lid,’ a daily flash audio briefing. Additionally, he manages all social and video distribution for 'Meet the Press' on ‘NBC’ and 'MTP Daily' on 'MSNBC,' owned by the 'NBCUniversal News Group.'
Family & Personal Life
Matthew is married to Kasie Hunt, an 'NBC News’ Capitol Hill correspondent. They first met in 2012, while working at ‘NBC News' in Washington, and soon began dating. They got engaged on August 13, 2016. The engagement was announced on the 'NBC’ morning show by hosts Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski. Matthew and Kasie got married on May 6, 2017. The marriage took place at 'Shenandoah Woods,' a lodge and retreat in Stanley, Virginia. The nondenominational marriage ceremony was solemnized by Kasie’s family friend and Baptist minister Marian Sieke.