26 November 1963
|Other names||Matt Frei|
St Peter's College, Oxford
|Occupation||Journalist, newsreader, news anchor, author|
|ITN, BBC News|
Matthias "Matt" Frei (born 26 November 1963) is a British-German television news journalist and writer, formerly the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Channel 4 News. He is now the channel's Europe editor and presenter of the evening news.
Frei was born in 1963 in Essen, West Germany. His parents were refugees who left Silesia before it became part of Poland, and settled in Germany. In 1973, Frei and his family left Germany and moved to the United Kingdom, where his father became a London correspondent for Deutschlandfunk.
Frei lives in London with his wife Penny and their four children.
Frei joined the BBC and spent a year in the German section of the World Service, before he moved to English language current affairs, where he worked for another year.
In 1989, working as a stringer, he reported on the First Intifada in Jerusalem, then on the Persian Gulf War as London foreign affairs correspondent. He took up the post of Bonn correspondent in Germany on the same day as the fall of the Berlin Wall.
From 2002, he was the BBC's Washington, DC correspondent. In 2005, Frei reported from the centre of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. On 1 October 2007, Frei became the first presenter of the BBC World News one-hour Washington-based news broadcast, BBC World News America, supported by correspondent Katty Kay.
For a week in July 2008, Frei presented the London-based BBC News at Six on a relief basis. A year later on 27 July 2009, Frei returned to London again to present the evening bulletin (again as a relief presenter). In January 2011, Frei presented the BBCs Newsnight as a relief presenter.
As part of his brief as the BBC's Washington correspondent, Frei presented a weekly Radio 4 programme entitled Americana, which offers listeners slices of life in all of the country's 50 states as well as political news from Washington. Frei's last Americana episode was broadcast in May 2011.
It was announced in May 2011 that Frei would be switching from the BBC to Channel 4 later in the year. Frei would serve as the broadcaster's Washington correspondent for Channel 4 News, as well as reporting for the channel's other news programmes. He has since returned often from Washington and has become a semi-regular presenter on Channel 4's evening news slot.
In October 2012, Frei headed Channel 4's coverage of the US Presidential election, including making a documentary "The American Road Trip: Obama's story" in which he visited middle-class voters in communities in the mid-west, including Minneapolis, Northwood, Ohio and Gary, Indiana.
On 24 September 2016, he started presenting the 10:00 am show, occasional Saturdays on LBC radio.