Matthew Hendley, 21, is a senior broadcast journalism student at the University of Mississippi. He is the lead news anchor for NewsWatch Ole Miss as well as a songwriter, musician and actor. He hopes to travel the world as a TV correspondent and eventually host his own nightly news hour on network television.
Since first appearing on air in his freshman year at Ole Miss, Matthew has anchored the student-led newscast and corresponded for several high-profile stories on campus which garnered national attention, including the pro-confederate protests that took place in the spring of 2019.
Matthew is the recipient of several collegiate journalism awards including Best College TV Reporter from the 2020 Associated Press Awards,Best College News Anchor from the 2019 Southeast Journalism Conference Awards and Best Radio Sportscast from the Associated Press for coverage of the NCAA sanctions placed on Ole Miss. He has had stories aired on NewsWatch Ole Miss, WTVA 9 News in Tupelo and WKRN News 2 in Nashville, as well as articles published in Newsweek and Religion Unplugged.
Matthew attended The King's College for fall semester of 2019 while working as an intern for 60 Minutes, America's longest running prime-time television news show.
Matthew was recently selected as a journalism fellow for News 21, a national team of student reporters and professors based in Phoenix at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. News 21 will travel the country reporting on the juvenile justice system in the summer of 2020.