Jacqueline Matter joined the ABC7 News team in December of 2016 as co-anchor on Good Morning Suncoast from 5 to 7 a.m. every weekday.
Wake up, grab a cup of coffee and join Jacqueline and Ray every morning on Good Morning Suncoast! Jacqueline comes to Sarasota from WNCT in eastern North Carolina where she anchored "WNCT 9 On Your Side Morning Edition" during the week. Prior to being the weekday morning anchor at her last station, she was also the bureau reporter for WNCT in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Jacqueline graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Go Heels! You can bet that if Carolina is playing in any sport, she will be watching! Jacqueline also was a member of UNC's All-Girl Cheerleading Squad and the Gamma Lambda chapter of Phi Mu. While in school, Jacqueline interned at all four news stations in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jacqueline was Miss North Carolina International 2016, where she actively advocates for PTSD awareness on behalf of active duty military, veterans and their families. She placed in the Top Ten at Miss International in July of 2016 and plans to start her own non-profit for families and victims suffering from PTSD. She comes from five generations of military men and her father is currently serving in the Army. She says while the term "Army Brat" can sometimes have a negative connotation, she is thankful for her experience as the daughter of a service member, which has given her many opportunities in life such as living in Germany and Honduras.
When not at work you might find her shopping, dining at local restaurants, hanging out on the beach, at the gym working out or spending time with her rescued terrier mix, Marleigh.
Jacqueline is looking forward to living a new lifestyle here on the Suncoast and says if you see her out and about don't be shy, she loves meeting new people!
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