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Beloved Pennsylvania TV Anchor’s Death Ruled a Suicide



The cause of death for a beloved 42-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania local TV news anchor has been ruled a suicide, officials said Tuesday.

Emily Matson died after being hit by a train in Fairview Township, where she lived, according to The Erie Times-News. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook told The Post Tuesday that the woman had taken her own life, adding that the evidence was “unquestionable.”

The sad news came as colleagues at Erie News Now fondly remembered the 19-year veteran of the news station.

“She was very, very upbeat,” Paul Wagner, a retired Erie News Now reporter who had worked there for 41 years, told the local paper.

“She was a very positive person. She was always encouraging the new people. She always had a joke for everyone.”

Matson joined WICU-TV in 2004 after graduating college and worked as an overnight producer, according to her online bio.

She then became a general assignment reporter focused on crime while maintaining a cheery disposition.

“Emily was fearless and filterless,” Lisa Adams, a veteran reporter and anchor at Erie News Now reportedly said.

“I think those were the two things that made her a great member of our news team. We are just devastated,” Adams added.

“She expected a lot of herself and expected a lot of other people in the newsroom,” her former co-worker continued, adding she was “stunningly gorgeous” but also “100% herself.”

Reporter Jamison Hixenbaugh recalled how she mentored inexperienced journalists in the small television market with good humor.

“Side-splitting,” he reportedly said. “She was great. She was one of the funniest people I knew.”

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