Matt Schrader is an Emmy Award-winning consumer-investigative journalist at CBS Sacramento with a passion for exposing wrongdoing.
Matt has uncovered public officials abusing perks and millions of dollars in taxes collected by mistake, and has saved consumers hundreds of thousands of dollars after resolving their consumer problems.
Matt won an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Specialty Assignment Report, and an RTNDA News Award for Specialty Report. He has also won several L.A. Press Club Awards for his student broadcast news program in college.
Matt’s 2014 investigation into a fire district’s wrongful taxation of more than $3M resulted in a state assembly bill to authorize repayment of all funds collected in error. His investigation into the dark side of the locksmith industry led to increased pressure on fraudsters surprising desperate homeowners with high-priced final bills.
In 2013, Matt’s undercover investigations caught cell phone retailers lying about extended warranties, recycling centers cheating customers out of money owed and companies using (and overusing) illegal robocalling systems to ramp up business. He also tracked down an evasive upholstery company that wouldn’t return customers’ furniture, and wired up an undercover house to catch A/C repair companies stretching the truth to get business.
Prior to CBS Sacramento, Matt researched and helped develop major investigations for reporter Joel Grover at KNBC Los Angeles. His work exposed the Mayor of Los Angeles breaking his own water-conservation guidelines and caught farmers market vendors lying to re-sell imported produce as homegrown.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, where he led the award-winning Annenberg TV News and managed a staff of 250. During his time there, Matt developed detailed marketing plans to triple viewership, launched an award-nominated original weekly sports special and produced live nightly newscasts. He also produced L.A.’s only live-all-night election special and extended all-day live coverage of President Barack Obama’s L.A./USC rally. Matt also earned a minor in Cinema-Television from USC’s world-renowned School of Cinematic Arts.
During college, Matt produced his own extensive investigative reports, which he presented in live appearances on Los Angeles-area news programs, including a live in-studio interview on the KNBC Channel 4 News at 5.
Matt is a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors. In his spare time, Matt enjoys watching engaging documentaries, and learning and writing about technology, finance and big ideas.