January 2016 – Matthew Thibodeaux was born in Beaumont, Texas, and lived in Fannett, Texas.
He attended Hamshire-Fannett High School where he was on the yearbook staff. After high school, he was accepted to Lamar University in Beaumont where he majored in communications with an emphasis in broadcasting. He was the lead anchor for LUTV News at Lamar at the age of 19 and was a reporter there two years later.
During college, he spent time working with the Baptist Student Ministries. He also spent some time in Harmons, Jamaica, doing ministry there, which led to Matthew being a summer youth minister at Calvary Baptist Church of Port Acres, Texas.
Matthew loves running during his time outside the office. When he participated in the Insane Inflatable 5K in Whitehouse, he met a reporter from KETK which led to his current job as the Lufkin-Nacogdoches bureau reporter!