Matt Cooper (Irish journalist)
|Born||1966 (age 47–48)
|Education||University College Cork
Dublin City University
|Occupation||Radio/TV presenter, author, journalist|
|Notable credit(s)||The Last Word|
As well as radio, sport was another early passion. Cooper played rugby with Sunday's Well and went on to captain the under-20s team. He also had a fondness for GAA, and played Gaelic football and hurling for the Bishopstown GAA club.
Cooper is a former editor of the Sunday Tribune, appointed in September 1996, as well as a former business editor of the Irish Independent. Then aged 30, he was the youngest person in Ireland to be appointed an editor of a national newspaper.
Mr. Cooper was awarded Business Journalist of the Year in 1992 and 1999 and also National Journalist of the Year in 1993 and 2001. He is a graduate of Dublin City University.
The Last Word
Currently, Cooper presents the news review show The Last Word on Today FM from 16:30 to 19:00 every weekday. In 2008, he spent hours recreating the iconic picture used for the cover of Abbey Road to publicise Today FM's move across the River Liffey only to admit "I'm not really a Beatles fan. Maybe I'm just a little bit too young or something". Cooper writes a weekly column for the Irish Examiner and one for the Irish edition of The Sunday Times newspaper.
In 2011, Kim Bielenberg said in the Irish Independent that Cooper would make a worthy replacement for Pat Kenny at RTÉ with Kenny in the "autumn of his career". Bielenberg also said Cooper was "never going to be the next Graham Norton".
In 2009, Mr Cooper released a book called Who Really Runs Ireland. The book examines Irish businessmen and politicians and their relationships.
- Who Really Runs Ireland? (2010)
- How Ireland Really Went Bust (2011)
Visit to North Korea
In January 2014, Cooper secretly accompanied Dennis Rodman to North Korea for Kim Jong-un's big birthday basketball game. His cover was blown when they were seen together on Sky News at an airport in Beijing. Today FM confirmed Cooper's presence in North Korea and that he would meet Kim Jong-un while there.
- Horgan, John. "Matt Cooper - For , the Love of Journalism". Dublin City University (DCU). Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Radio heads follow the fab four". Irish Independent. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
- Bielenberg, Kim. "The top 10 waiting in the wings". Irish Independent. 22 October 2011.
- The Journal.ie
- Irish Independent
- "Dennis Rodman departs for North Korea basketball exhibition". RTÉ News. Retrieved on 6 January 2014.
- Today FM's Matt Cooper to meet North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un
- Today FM bios: Old New
- Article on Matthew Cooper of Dublin City University