"THE DISAPPEARING ANCHOR"An African American Perspective
Gary is a native of Brooklyn, NY, who attended college at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia. He's been a member of the TV20 team since March 1999, and co-anchors TV20 News 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts. Prior to coming to Gainesville Gary was most recently an anchor at WPMI-TV in Mobile, Alabama, and his broadcast career has included doing radio in Richmond, VA, reporting and anchoring stints at television stations in Portsmouth, VA, Spartanburg and Columbia, South Carolina, Philadelphia, Orlando and New Orleans.
Among the many stories covered by Gary during his career are the burning of a Philadelphia neighborhood where a group of radicals engaged in a week-long standoff with police, covering the first women to go to sea with the U.S. Navy, nine years of reporting from Bourbon Street in New Orleans covering Mardi Gras, and covering some of the worst storms to hit the U.S. coast including Hurricanes Andrew and Opal.
Gary's many awards include prestigious Michelle Clark Society honors and awards from the National Council of Negro Women and the Hampton Institute Alumni Association. He's been involved in many civic and professional organizations including Kiwanis Club International, the national Association of Black Journalists, Iota Beta Sigma Broadcast fraternity and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
An avid scuba diver Gary has traveled the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean enjoying the sport. And when he's not under water or behind the anchor desk you'll find him volunteering for several community projects and organizations. He is married to the former Rosalyn Henderson and is the father of two girls, Katrina and Monique.
Please send E-mail inquiries to Gary Mattingly