Frei in 2015
26 November 1963
Essen, West Germany
|Other names||Matt Frei|
St Peter's College, Oxford
|Occupation||Journalist, newsreader, news anchor, author|
|Notable credit(s)||ITN, BBC News|
Matthias "Matt" Frei (born 26 November 1963) is a German-born British television news journalist and writer, formerly the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Channel 4 News. He is now the channel's Europe Editor and an occasional presenter of the evening news.
Frei was born in 1963 in Essen, West Germany. His parents were refugees who left Silesia before it became part of Poland, and settled in Germany. In 1973, Frei and his family left Germany and moved to the United Kingdom, where his father became a London correspondent for German radio.
He was educated at Westminster School, then read History and Spanish at St Peter's College, University of Oxford, before graduating in 1986. Frei lives in London with his wife, Penny, and their four children.
Frei joined the BBC shortly after graduation. After a year in the German section of the World Service, he moved to English Language Current Affairs, where he worked for another year.
In 1989, working as a stringer, he reported on the First Intifada in Jerusalem, then on the Persian Gulf War as London Foreign Affairs correspondent. He took up the post of Bonn correspondent in Germany on the same day as the fall of the Berlin Wall.
From 2002, he was the BBC's Washington, D.C. correspondent. In 2005, Frei reported from the centre of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. On 1 October 2007, Frei became the first presenter of the BBC World News one-hour Washington-based news broadcast, BBC World News America, supported by correspondent Katty Kay.
For a week in July 2008, Frei presented the London-based BBC News at Six on a relief basis. A year later on 27 July 2009, Frei returned to London again to present the evening bulletin (again as a relief presenter). In January 2011, Frei presented the BBCs Newsnight as a relief presenter.
As part of his brief as the BBC's Washington correspondent, Frei presented a weekly Radio 4 programme entitled Americana, which offers listeners slices of life in all of the country's 50 states as well as political news from Washington. Frei's last Americana episode was broadcast in May 2011.
It was announced in May 2011 that Frei would be switching from the BBC to Channel 4 later in the year. Frei would serve as the broadcaster's Washington correspondent for Channel 4 News, as well as reporting for the channel's other news programmes. He has since returned often from Washington and has become a semi-regular presenter on Channel 4's evening news slot.
In October 2012, Frei headed Channel 4's coverage of the US Presidential election, including making a documentary "The American Road Trip: Obama's story" in which he visited middle-class voters in communities in the mid-west, including Minneapolis, Northwood, Ohio and Gary, Indiana.
On 24th September 2016, he starts presenting the 10am show every Saturday on LBC radio.
- Amnesty International Asia Award, for Newsnight features on Vietnam and Indonesia (1997 and 1998)
- Royal Television Society International News Award (2000)
- Prix Bayeux for War Reporting (2000)
- Peabody Award for BBC World News America 2010
- Dupont Award for Haiti Earthquake 2011
- Italy: The Unfinished Revolution (1995). Sinclair-Stevenson. ISBN 978-1-85619-571-3.
- Only in America (2008). HarperCollins Publishers Limited. ISBN 978-0-00-724892-6.
- "BBC's Matt Frei switches to Channel 4". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- First Person, 17 January 2009, The Guardian. Retrieved on 24 November 2009.
- "She said... Katty Kay". BBC World Service. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
- Downing, Malcolm. (2003). The battle for Iraq: BBC news correspondents on the war against Saddam. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-7936-4.
- Matt Frei, BBC Newswatch profile
- Berlin Open2.net
- "The American Road Trip: Obama's story". Channel 4.