Matt Gutman Short Bio
Matthew A. Gutman, born on 5 December 1977 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, he is sometimes mistaken for a doctor of the same name, but is actually an ABC News’ reporter, the Chief National Correspondent for that media outlet. He was born under the sign of Sagittarius and is 42 years old. Gutman was a student of Newark Academy, where he was active in sports and played football. After matriculating, Gutman enrolled into Williams College, graduating in 2000.
Some people wonder if Gutman is gay, but the answer is no – he has been married to Rachel since 2007, and the couple has a son and a daughter. His wife prefers to remain secretive, whereas Gutman often posts photos of his kids. They surprised him for his birthday, and the journalist posted a photo of them with the caption reading “Woke up to a surprise celebration: steamers, that crown, balloons and those wonderful pictures”.
Ben loves travelling and going out with his friends, and his photos are often related to those subjects. On the other hand, he mostly uses Twitter to talk about his professional endeavors.
In addition to being an acclaimed TV personality, Gutman is also an author, recognized for “The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand” which follows the story of a rescue of a soccer team from a Thai cave in 2018.
Gutman began his career as a freelance reporter in Argentina in 2000, and his first published article was in the Buenos Aires Daily. After that, he wrote for the Jerusalem Post from 2001 to 2005, and covered the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Matt briefly wrote for USA Today, then in 2006 moved to ABC News Radio. He spent a large part of that job in Middle East, where he covered conflicts and wars. In 2008, he relocated to Miami and began work on some of the most outstanding media outlets and TV shows – “Good Morning America”, “ABC World News Tonight” and “20/20”.
Furthermore, his resume includes covering events and filing reports from 40 countries in a time span of a decade.
As of 2014, Gutman began working as a host of “Sea Rescue”, appearing in its 120 episodes, and in 2016 he was detained while making a report on the failing health care system in Venezuela, but his efforts were recognized, and he became a renowned name in journalism. In 2017, Gutman had two more projects – “ABC News Special Report: The Las Vegas Shooting” and “ABC News Specials”. Overall, he has had 13 specific gigs on TV.
Venezuela Health Care Scandal
In early 2017, Gutman made a report on the failing health care system in Venezuela. He began by saying that the hospitals had little to no antibiotics, surgical gowns and other medical equipment, and to make the matters worse, many hospitals were out of food and water, and lacked bed sheets. “The country is so broke that even its hospitals have ceased to function — which was the reason we were having this late-night meeting with a local resident who couldn’t take it anymore”, the article said further.
He then went on to write about the corruption of their government, highlighting a sad scenario that happened when he and his crew visited the pediatric unit, finding a four year-old boy with a swollen abdomen. As stated, the boy, named Jonaical had been waiting for his test results for more than two months and his mother, alongside other mothers at the unit, had to provide for their children themselves. However, Gutman said that things weren’t always that way – reportedly, country’s health care system was once able to provide free health care.
— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) March 13, 2019
Having recorded footage and photos of a Venezuelan hospital, Gutman was stopped by armed guards who took his camera and phone away. He was then questioned by investigators – they had the access to his GoPro, but he wouldn’t let them have access to his phone. He was told that he was in big trouble, but was luckily backed up by ABC, and returned to the US.
Matt’s supporters can also see him on YouTube, as he has been featured in videos as such “ABC News’ Matt Gutman speaks out about his new book ‘The Boys in the Cave”, “‘GMA’ Hot List: ABC News’ Matt Gutman goes inside an earthquake simulator” and “How to safely escape a flash flood l ABC News”.
His live report from a California wildfire attracted 40,000 views, with many stunned by Matt’s bravery. He was also featured in an educational video entitled “Lifesaving demonstration to safely escape a house fire l ABC News”, watched by 90,000 people.
As of late 2019, Matt Gutman’s net worth is estimated at over $7 million, accumulated from his career spanning the last two decades. His current salary is reputed to be close to $130,000 per year working for the ABC.