Matthew participated in Washington Media Institute the summer of 2012. He is currently a reporter for The Cancer Letter.
In a two-year investigation, he covered the controversy over power morcellation, a then-common gynecological procedure for hysterectomies and removal of fibroids performed in more than 100,000 women a year in the United States. Using the power morcellator in women with undetected uterine malignancies can spread cancer to other parts of the body.
Matthew’s stories have been picked up and featured by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, the British Medical Journal, FOX News, NBC News, ABC News, CBS affiliates, The Boston Globe, Science, Nature, Inside Higher Ed, The Houston Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the American Association for Cancer Research.
At The Cancer Letter, his work has contributed to changes in public policy and federal action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food and Drug Administration, Government Accountability Office, and a Congressional subcommittee. Matthew has won national and regional journalism awards:
- The 2015 National Press Club Award for Best Analytical/Interpretive Journalism
- The 2015 Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Public Service Journalism
- The 2014, 2015 and 2016 Dateline Award from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
- 2016 Best in Business Award for Outstanding Business Journalism, Society of American Business Editors and Writers (second place)
- 2016 Health Care Journalism Award, National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (finalist)
- 2016 Azbee Award of Excellence, American Society of Business Publication Editors (second place)
- 2015 Iris Molotsky Award, American Association of University Professors (finalist)
Matt says, “I owe my work in journalism to WMI—I would’ve never gotten a job at The Cancer Letter if WMI did not make the connection, and if I didn’t have Mr. Gelb for a personal and highly engaging mentor.”