Matt Cooper (Irish journalist)

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Matt Cooper
Born (1966-07-21) 21 July 1966 (age 50)
Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education University College Cork
Dublin City University
Occupation Radio/TV presenter, author, journalist
Employer Today FM
Notable credit(s) The Last Word

Matt Cooper (born 21 July 1966) is an Irish journalist, author, television presenter and radio presenter of The Last Word on Today FM. He is a former editor of the Sunday Tribune.

Early life[edit]

Matt Cooper was born in Cork in 1966[1] and was educated at the North Monastery (North Mon) school and later at University College Cork.[2] As well as radio, sport was another early passion. Cooper played rugby with Sunday's Well and later captained the under-20s team. He also had a fondness for GAA, and played Gaelic football and hurling for the Bishopstown GAA club.[3]

He 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.[4] Cooper was awarded Business Journalist of the Year in 1992 and 1999 and also National Journalist of the Year in 1993 and 2001.[2] He is a graduate of Dublin City University.

The Last Word[edit]

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".[5] 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".[6]

Television work[edit]

Matt Cooper is a frequent host of live UEFA Champions League coverage on TV3. He has also hosted live rugby and GAA matches on the same channel. Cooper supports Leeds United [7]

To coincide with the 100 year anniversary of Battle of the Somme in July 2016, Cooper narrated the RTE documentary Heroes Of The Somme, which uncovered the stories of some of the men that won The Victoria Cross fighting there.[8]

Writings[edit]

Cooper's book, Who Really Runs Ireland, was published in 2009. It examines Irish businessmen and politicians and their relationships.

  • Who Really Runs Ireland? (2010)
  • How Ireland Really Went Bust (2011)

In 2015, a biography of Tony O'Reilly, titled The Maximalist: The Rise and Fall of Tony O’Reilly was published by Gill and Macmillan.[9][10]

Visit to North Korea[edit]

In January 2014, Cooper secretly accompanied Dennis Rodman to North Korea for Kim Jong-un's big birthday basketball game.[11] His cover was blown when they were seen together on Sky News at an airport in Beijing.[12][13] Today FM confirmed Cooper's presence in North Korea and that he would meet Kim Jong-un while there.[14] A documentary was filmed based on Rodman's trip and the basketball game he organised versus North Korea; entitled Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang,[15] it received a cinematic release in July 2015 and featured narration by Cooper, who also featured extensively in the film.[16][17]

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