John Matarese

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When did you start working here?

Launched "Don't Waste Your Money" consumer segment: 1999

Where else have you worked?

WMTW-TV (ABC) Portland, Maine

WNCS "The Point" FM, Montpelier Vermont. My first on air job was in radio. And I still listen to them.

Where did you go to college?

University of Vermont. And no, I did not major in Communications or TV, in case you were wondering. Shakespeare, actually.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?

I am most proud of (and thankful for) my ability to use my position here to help people who have been taken advantage of unfairly.

Some of the most gratifying moments of my day are when I can do little things that help people, that never even get on the air.

For instance, helping a family get their water or electric turned back on, or explaining to people how to fight a car repair rip-off or other injustice.

When I see a business or website taking advantage of people, I'm not afraid to say "doesn't that stink?" and let folks know what I think of them separating hard working people from their money.

What are you most proud of in your own life?

Being married, and being a Dad. It's the greatest thing.

What do you love about living in the Tri-State?

Wonderful people, a real sense of community, beautiful hills and rivers. Oh, yes, and how could I not toss in the reasonable cost of living.

I see home prices and auto insurance rates in Los Angeles, and say "how can people afford that?"

I also love talking to community groups about scams and rip-offs: there is a never ending supply of new scams looking to take our money.  And I love hearing the concerns of real people.

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions?

Coffee shops. I am CRAZY about coffee, as anyone who knows me probably knows. Independent coffee shops, folk-singy coffee shops, Starbucks, even Dunkin Donuts.  And UDF and Speedway if I am in a hurry.

 I'm still mad they closed the Caribou Coffee near me!

All time favorites?

I am one of the few people in the world who like both country music (Chesney, Keith, Aldean, etc), and the musical  Les Miz. Find me one other person whose dream day would be seeing a matinee of Les Miz, followed by a Toby Keith concert.

Also enjoy folk-alternative rock (especially Mumford & Sons, Monsters & Men, and The Avett Brothers).

And I really love reruns of Casey Casem's "American Top 40" on Sunday mornings, where they re-air his old shows from the late 70s. Reminds me of my old days spinning the classic tunes, and of being a kid again.

Other than 9 On Your Side &, you get your news from:

I love tech blogs like CNET, MacRumors, and Engadget: I always want to know about the latest tablet, smartphone, web TV streamer, and other cool technology.

Yes, I have several favorite consumer news sites, that I use as sources every day, but that would be like Colonel Sanders giving out the secret recipe to KFC. So, like the Colonel, I'm not tellin!

Apps you can't live without?

WAZE, a great app for road trips, which I love taking. Warns you of traffic jams ahead.

BuzzFeed:  Great gossip, offbeat news, and occasionally a story for my consumer segment.

RedLaser: For comparing prices in stores, as you shop.

TripAdvisor App:  I love reading reviews of hotels on TripAdvisor, even if lots of them are fake.

And Weather apps: I am a weather geek, so I have our Storm Shield app, our weather app, and several other competing weather apps I'm not supposed to mention.

How to find me:

Have a problem? Send me an email, at, or a Facebook message at

While I can't possibly help everyone personally and resolve your problem, I can at least give you suggestions, which is what I love to do!

And if you are traveling, check out my reports on the following stations:

WFTS Tampa (ABC)

WPTV West Palm Beach (NBC)

WRTV Indianapolis (ABC)

WSYX Columbus OH (ABC)

WMAR Baltimore (ABC)

KSHB Kansas City (NBC)

KJRH Tulsa (NBC)

KMGH Denver (ABC)

KGTV San Diego (ABC)

KING5 Seattle (NBC)

WDTN Dayton OH (NBC)

WTOL Toledo (CBS)

Fox 17 Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo MI

KERO Bakersfield, CA (ABC)

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