Matty McLean has virtually grown up on our screens. Beginning as a baby-faced 20 year old, wearing an ill-fitting suit in an attempt to at least look like a grown up, he first appeared on TVNZ’s Breakfast show. It was there he quickly became a firm viewer favourite. He also quickly became the subject of constant teasing and torment from host Paul Henry, which often lead to Matty humiliating himself on national television.
These days, he’s somehow convinced the bosses at TVNZ that he’s matured, and can be seen nightly as a reporter on One News. His time at our national broadcaster has taken him from the Chatham Islands to Malaysia, and has seen him reporting on some of the biggest national stories of our generation. He spent three weeks on the ground in Christchurch following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes, followed the grounding of the cargo ship Rena in the Bay of Plenty, waded knee-high through flooded rivers, and everything in between.
Matty is known for his relatability, his wit, and his charm. At least according to his mother.