Celebrated News Anchor Dead

(RightIsRight.co) – In a tragedy that broke the heart of Pennsylvania and its citizens, beloved news anchor and reporter with nearly two decades of experience Emily Matson has tragically passed away at the young age of 42.

Matson had been an integral part of Erie News Now, working diligently to inform her community for many years. Her employer’s parent company, Lilly Broadcasting, made the heartbreaking announcement of her passing on Monday. The cause of her sudden death was not initially disclosed.

In a statement, Lilly Broadcasting expressed their deep sorrow, saying, “It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our beloved Erie News Now news anchor Emily Matson. Emily was a shining light in our newsroom, delivering news with a passion and love she had for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania. We loved Emily dearly, and our hearts go out to the Matson family and her husband Ryan at this time.”

Sadly, it was later revealed that Emily Matson’s passing was ruled as a suicide, according to officials.

Matson’s career had its roots at WJET-TV, where she began as an intern in the early 2000s. She subsequently spent two years producing WICU’s morning show before transitioning into a reporter role, as mentioned in her biography on Erie News Now. Her passion for journalism was evident as she tackled each day’s unique challenges, saying, “One of the things I love about my job is that no single day is EVER the same. I love breaking news situations,” as noted in her biography.

Throughout her career, Matson’s dedication and talent earned her recognition, including receiving “Outstanding Spot News” awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters on two occasions.

Her colleagues and friends were deeply impacted by her loss, with Jamison Hixenbaugh, who had worked alongside Matson for 15 years, sharing heartfelt sentiments on Facebook: “She was such a talented journalist and anchor, but even more, she was an incredible friend. From being side-splittingly funny and feisty, to thoughtful and caring…I’m going to miss you Em.”