John Matarese 2023

John Matarese


Don't Waste Your Money reporter

Work Experience:
Currently: Reporter, Producer for "Don't Waste Your Money"
1999 - Launches Consumer Segment at WCPO Cincinnati
2003 - Expands segment into 10 other cities
News Reporter - WMTW-TV Portland, Maine

A veteran reporter and two-time Emmy Award winner, John is our "Don't Waste Your Money" consumer reporter. Each week he keeps viewers updated on the latest consumer information with Scam Alerts and Product Recalls. And when he finds a service taking advantage of us, he's not afraid to say "Doesn't that stink!"

John's goal is to help viewers find good values and avoid bad deals, with his signature line: "Don't Waste Your Money."

"I truly enjoy being able to advise people, and steer them away from the scams and bad deals that any of us can fall victim to. It's always a pleasure when a viewer says 'thanks' for helping them avoid a frustrating problem or find the best product."

When not clipping coupons, John enjoys writing a weekly newsletter, speaking to community groups, bike riding and skiing with his family, and attempting his own auto repair (often unsuccessfully) to save money.

Among his most memorable activities was the four years he taught journalism to inner city students at Cincinnati's Hughes High School.

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