Matt James (television personality)

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Matt James
Matt James

(1991-12-05) December 5, 1991 (age 29)
Alma materWake Forest University
Occupationreal estate broker, entrepreneur, community organization founder

Matt James (born December 5, 1991)[1] is an American television personality who is the first black Bachelor lead for The Bachelor in season 25.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

James was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, the son of Manny and Patty James. Growing up, James was raised by his mother.[3] He graduated from Sanderson High School in 2010 before going to Wake Forest University.[1][4] James obtained his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Wake Forest University in 2015 where he was also a wide receiver for Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team from 2011 to 2014.[5][6] He had mini-camp tryouts with the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints of the National Football League in May and June 2015, but was not signed by either team.[7][8][9]


Before his moving to New York City, James worked at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He works for CBRE Group, Inc., a commercial real estate company in New York City. James is also the founder of ABC Food Tours, a non-profit organization that educates children in underserved communities about food and exercise in New York City.[10][5][6]

Personal life and The Bachelor[edit]

James and Tyler Cameron played football at Wake Forest University together. They are also best friends and roommates in New York City.[11] Cameron's mother nominated James to be a contestant on The Bachelorette before she died.[12] James was originally cast to be a contestant for season 16 of The Bachelorette, starring Clare Crawley, but after filming was delayed due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was instead selected to be the next Bachelor for season 25 of The Bachelor.[13] He is the first black Bachelor lead in the show's history.[14]


  1. ^ a b "2014 Football Roster - Matt James". Wake Forest University Athletics. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Chuba, Kirsten (June 12, 2020). "ABC Casts Its First Black 'Bachelor'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Hanner, Carol L. (January 5, 2019). "A Taste of Success". Wake Forest Magazine. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Cain, Brooke (June 12, 2020). "ABC's first Black 'Bachelor' is a Raleigh native and ex-Wake Forest football player". The News & Observer. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Chavez, Chris (June 12, 2020). "Former Wake Forest Wide Receiver Matt James Announced As Next 'Bachelor'". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Drysdale, Jennifer (June 12, 2020). "Who Is Matt James: 5 Things to Know About the First Black 'Bachelor'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Strickland, Bryan (May 7, 2015). "Panthers ready for rookie minicamp". Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Woodbery, Evan (June 17, 2015). "3 players in tryouts at New Orleans Saints minicamp". Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Discher, Emma and Amie Just (June 12, 2020). "Did you know? New Bachelor Matt James once tried out for the New Orleans Saints". Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Bumbaca, Chris (June 12, 2020). "New 'Bachelor' Matt James played wide receiver for Wake Forest Deamon Deacons". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Bianca (June 12, 2020). "Tyler Cameron and Matt James Are Friendship Goals". Marie Claire. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (June 12, 2020). "New 'Bachelor' Matt James on How Tyler Cameron's Late Mother Nominated Him for the Show (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (June 12, 2020). "'The Bachelor': Inside Matt James' Selection as the First Black Star in Series History (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  14. ^ Jacobs, Julia (June 12, 2020). "First Black 'Bachelor', Matt James, Cast by ABC". The New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2020.

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