Matt Vereen

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“Hello, everyone! I’m Matt Vereen, and I’m excited to join the KOLR 10 KOZL sports department as a reporter and anchor. 

Having a job in sports storytelling is a dream come true. As a kid growing up in Greenville, South Carolina I watched shows like SportsCenter habitually and eventually decided to turn into a career. 

I took the first step toward this goal by studying journalism at the University of Missouri. While there, I covered both news and sports for KOMU 8 before graduating in 2018. 

After Mizzou, I was blessed to join a long line of graduates by coming here to the Ozarks First News team in July 2018. 

My sports fandom is rooted in my Carolina childhood, so you can catch me pulling for the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Braves and now Atlanta United. That said, I’ve grown to know and love sports here in Missouri and I look forward to continuing that here in Springfield. 

My inbox is always open for story ideas or questions, so feel free reach out at and follow me on Twitter (@MattVereen).

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