(May 5, 2015 – Burbank, CA) – Acclaimed Australian crime journalist and reporter Matt Doran has been named host of “Crime Watch Daily,” the upcoming one-hour, first-of-its-kind dynamic program that covers the world of crime, mystery and drama like no show on television today. Joining Doran as members of the “Crime Watch Daily” team of correspondents are Emmy Award-winning reporters Michelle Sigona and Andrea Isom, as well as New York Times bestselling author Jason Mattera.
Before making a name for himself on Australia's Network Ten News and the national crime show “Wanted,” Doran started his career as a police and crime reporter at Melbourne’s Herald Sun. At Network Ten, Doran established an unparalleled network of crime contacts and made headlines with his reporting, including infiltrating child sex rings and exposing black market organ trafficking.
Doran says of his new job, “Crime Watch Daily is the show I've long hoped for - it's gritty and gripping but unlike anything viewers might expect in the crime TV space. What appealed most was the integrity of the show's creators. My work on a similar program in Australia was among the most rewarding of my career - our stories helped police catch dozens of dangerous criminals wanted for offenses including sexual assault, drug trafficking and murder.”
The announcement was made today by “Crime Watch Daily” creator and executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey. Gregorisch-Dempsey said, “We literally scoured the globe to find our host and we struck gold in of all places, Australia. Matt may be a new face to American viewers, but Down Under, he’s a huge name in news. I like to say Matt is what you’d get if you crossed David Muir with John Walsh. He lives and breathes crime, and we can’t wait for Matt to bring his decades of headline-making reporting to ‘Crime Watch Daily.’”
Backing up Matt, are three award-winning reporters: Michelle Sigona is an Emmy Award-winning producer and reporter whose resume includes “America’s Most Wanted,” CBS News’ “48 Hours” and Investigation Discovery’s “Deadline Crime.” Michelle specializes in missing persons cases and has covered everything from the Newtown school shootings to the Drew Peterson Trial.
Emmy Award-winning reporter Andrea Isom spent 10 years covering crime for Fox in Detroit, fronting her own signature series “On The Edge.” Andrea is known for fearlessly covering tough crimes, violations of victims and the courage of Detroit’s heroes.
Jason Mattera is a New York Times–bestselling author and reporter who has contributed to numerous media organizations including The Washington Post website. He hosted a talk show on New York’s 77 ABC, is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel and was the youngest ever editor of any periodical at “Human Events” magazine.
Executive producers Jeremy Spiegel and Scott Eldridge said, “We’ve assembled the ultimate crime team. Michelle Sigona has crime fighting in her DNA, she’s hunted down fugitives for ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ and her connections in law enforcement are unparalleled. Andrea Isom is one of the most fearless reporters on television today. She made a huge impact covering crime in Detroit and will bring that relentless pursuit for justice to ‘CWD.’ Jason Mattera is already a well-known force confronting politicians. Allow us to formally warn anyone out there who’s up to no good, keep your eyes open, because Jason’s coming for you!”
Host Matt Doran adds, “This show should put genuine fear into crooks across the U.S. We will shine a national spotlight on crimes in towns and cities where victims might otherwise have struggled to be heard.”
“Crime Watch Daily” will originate from Los Angeles and will debut in fall 2015 in national syndication on Tribune-owned stations in 29 markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and on additional stations representing 42% of the country. Affiliate news stations will serve as an “extended newsroom,” sharing local resources and reporters to cover the stories in local markets all over the country. Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Jeremy Spiegel and Scott Eldridge serve as executive producers.
About “Crime Watch Daily”:
“Crime Watch Daily” is the very first crime show to air in daytime syndication. From unsolved murders to compelling mysteries, undercover investigations to shocking crimes caught on video, the series will uncover the stories happening in small towns around America and turn them into national headlines. The key ingredients of “Mystery, Crime and Drama” will drive every episode. “Crime Watch Daily’s” network of affiliate stations will serve as an “extended newsroom,” sharing resources and using local reporters to cover the stories in local markets all over the country. “Crime Watch Daily” is produced by Telepictures Productions and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.