Matt Gutman is an ABC News correspondent based in Los Angeles. He reports for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” and “Nightline,” often traveling internationally – most recently covering the Olympics in Brazil – and covering a dozen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In April of 2010 the BP oil spill dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Matt was dispatched the Gulf. It was there that Matt – who has always been interested in animals and the environment – encountered marine animals in distress for the first time. Oiled Pelicans stranded in the surf. Majestic turtles that had gulped down oil. Orphaned dolphins swimming in vast mats of oil the consistency of molasses. Matt interviewed the rescuers determined to save these animals. He quickly became fascinated with marine animals and the humans dedicated to helping them.
So even before becoming host of Sea Rescue, Matt set himself first to learning more about these animals. He joined scientists who swim with the elusive spotted Dolphins off the coast of the Bahamas; he dove in with 16 foot tiger sharks off Bimini; joined researchers who study whales off of Guadeloupe by freediving with them, plummeted 6000 feet in a tiny submarine to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico to investigate marine life with scientists, slithered with Anacondas in the estuaries of the Pantanal in Brazil, encountered pink dolphins in Brazil’s Amazon river, and helped catch invasive pythons and some wayward alligators in Florida’s Everglades.
Since he joined the Sea Rescue team he keeps his eyes open. On the way to a Police conference in Florida he helped rescue a juvenile Pelican. He tries to assist the rescue teams when permitted, but mostly leaves that work to the professionals. Matt grew up with a loving but gluttonous mutt named – well what else – Snoopy.
Gutman is from Westfield, N.J. He is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts.