Detroit Radio reporter Jim Matthews dead after alleged murder

Michigan radio reporter Jim Matthews was killed in an alleged murder and suicide attempt at his home that left his girlfriend and two children, as well as the suspect, hospitalized.

The tragic death of the 57-year-old, who worked as an overnight news anchor for Detroit AM station WWJ Newsradio 950, was reported by his colleagues on the air on September 23, shortly after the attack.

“We’re updating our lead story this afternoon, and it’s the one that hits home here at WWJ and is very difficult to report,” her colleagues said in their report. “Our overnight newscaster, Jim Matthews, was killed this afternoon in Chesterfield Township. As you have heard, Jim’s girlfriend and two children are currently hospitalized.”

director of public safety Brian Bassett said a 911 call came in around noon that day about a 35-year-old woman who had escaped from a home with stab wounds, along with her 5-year-old daughter, who also was injured, WWJ reported. First responders treated them and officers entered the home, where they found Matthews dead and the woman’s 10-year-old son tied up in a closet, suffering blunt force trauma. The boy was hospitalized and remains in critical condition, Bassett said.

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