The Bay Area is great place to be a political reporter. People really care about politics here and some of the nation's most powerful politicians call the Bay Area home.
When ABC7 offered me the job I was an investigative reporter in San Diego. It was a good job at a good station. But the move to ABC7 was a terrific opportunity and my years here have been the best of my career. I went from covering local stories to covering national politics, and it's continued to be a great ride and a challenge.
When I'm not working I enjoy being on or in the water. For many years I crewed for a legendary boat builder in San Diego. The highlight of our racing year was always the Big Boat series in San Francisco Bay. I covered a number of America's Cup regattas, reporting from Italy and New Zealand and Spain. I look forward to adding San Francisco's America's Cup to that list.
My wife and I also spend a fair number of our vacations scuba diving a nd I am particularly interested in reporting on all things connected to the oceans. Of real concern is the decline in big fish we have witnessed in the past 25 years. The Bay Area is a particularly target rich environment for experts and information on our oceans. I look forward to being involved.
I'm also very interested in: stories about the U.S. economy and what role government should play; the widening divide between the rich and the middle class; and the influence of money in politics.
I am convinced that the more informed we are the better. And I'm happy to be in a job where I feel able to contribute. What kind of stories do you think we should be reporting? Let me know on Facebook or send me a tweet.
Mark Matthews joined ABC7 News in December, 2003 as a political reporter.