Matt Hinkin

Matt Hinkin

Chief Meteorologist

Date of Joining WATE: February 1990

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Birthplace/Hometown:  Lawton, Okla.


  • Bachelor Of Science - Kansas State University
  • Atmospheric Science Degree - University Of Kansas
Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Matt is recognized by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.

National Weather Association Matt is recognized by the National Weather Association for earning its Seal of Approval for meteorological competency and clear delivery of weather information.

Previous Media Experience: 

  • KSNF-TV, Joplin, Mo. (Reporter/Photographer/Editor/Meteorologist)
  • KSNT-TV, Topeka, Kan. (Photographer/Meteorologist)

Personal Information: 

Matt is married to the former Deb Jack of Knoxville. He moved here for a job as a single man and fell in love with a "southern girl."  They have a son named Joshua. They also have a lab named "Tucker," who is NOT named for Lori Tucker!

Outside Interests/Hobbies: 

  • Golf, hiking, singing, spending time at the lake, working on the lawn
  • Member, Emerald Youth Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member, Knoxville Nativity Pageant Advisory Board

What You Enjoy About Local News:

I not only enjoy the challenge of forecasting, but the contact with the community. Visiting schools and speaking at a number of community events are the highlights of my job. I love the way people trust me to deliver their weather. I consider it an honor that viewers allow me into their home every night.

Media Awards and Honors: 

  • Nominated for three regional Emmys for Best Weathercast
  • Won the MetroPulse Best of Knoxville contest in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004.
  • Won The Knoxville News-Sentinel's Best of Knoxville Contest in 2000.
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