Career Achievement Inductee
Cook began his radio career during college, first as a summer disc jockey at
WBLJ in Dalton (1980), and then at WBTR in Carrollton as a weekend DJ and
news anchor (1980 to 1983). Though he'd planned to pursue a degree in music at
West Georgia College, Matt fell in love with radio and changed his major to Mass
Communication. After graduating in 1983, Matt went to work as the afternoon disc
jockey and sports anchor on Carrollton's WPPI-AM, but was soon hired away to
take over as News Director at WLBB, where he remained from 1984 to 1989,
covering all area news and eventually hosting the daily Community Voice program,
a call- in show on local issues. In 1989 he and his wife moved to Atlanta, where
he was hired as a
reporter and anchor at WGST radio and the Georgia News Network. This began his long association with WGST and GNN, which has lasted more than twenty years. Matt became GNN's morning anchor and statewide news editor in 1996. In 2001 he was named assistant news director for WGST, while continuing his duties at GNN. He was promoted to executive news producer and then News Director of WGST and the Clear Channel Atlanta cluster in 2005. He currently holds that post and continues to anchor mornings on GNN. Matt was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of West Georgia in 2007. He has also won a number of AP and UPI awards over the years for his anchoring and reporting.
Click to listen to Matt on GNN
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