Matt Clark was named the 2014 Currier Young Professional at the department awards ceremony in March.
Clark specializes in computer assisted reporting and is working with a team of investigative reporters at Newsday on Long Island. He grew up in Findlay, Ohio, graduated from Bowling Green, found his first job in Naples Florida, took his second job in San Diego and was recruited to Newsday because of his computer-assisted reporting skills
Clark graduated from BGSU in December 2006. He worked for the BG News for all four years he was here. He was the first editor of “In Focus.” And while journalism was going to be his “back-up” job, he is in the midst of an astonishingly successful career.
As an investigative reporter at U-T San Diego, he was part of a team that uncovered failures in the state’s oversight of assisted living facilities. Subsequently, the governor proposed increased funding for the state’s oversight role and state legislators introduced 12 bills addressing the failures.
He began his career in 2007 at the Naples Daily News in Florida. There he won awards for reporting on education, business, health and other topics.
He has won a wide variety of company, state and regional professional awards for his reporting. His awards include one for his coverage from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, about the aftermath of that country’s 2010 earthquake.