Matt Frei

Europe Editor
Matt Frei is Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News

Matt Frei is Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News.

This year he has led the Channel 4 News coverage of events in Ukraine from the crash site of Malaysia flight MH17, to the tensions in Crimea and reported live from Independence Square on Kiev’s bloodiest day. He has also secured major interviews with Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Prior to his appointment as Europe Editor for Channel 4 News, Frei was the Washington Correspondent for two years and has reported on the Americas on everything from business and culture to US foreign policy and its view of the world.

He is also part of the presenting team across Channel 4's news and current affairs portfolio, including the award-winning Dispatches programme.

Matt previously anchored the BBC World News America bulletin and was also Washington Correspondent. He presented a weekly radio show called Americana, and in two decades at the corporation reported from Bonn, Rome, Bosnia, Kosovo, North Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.

He is the author of two books: Italy: The Unfinished Revolution published in 1996 by Random House and Mandarin books and Only In America published in 2008 by 4th Estate.


post 07 March 2016
Angela Merkel: fiscal dominatrix and moral standard bearer

Saint Angela became Time Magazine's person of the year. On migrants, her mantra was: "Wir schaffen das!" ("We can do this!")

post 08 December 2015
Trump's narcissism would be a joke - if it wasn't so serious

Calling for all Muslims to be banned from the US wasn't even the most disturbing thing Donald Trump said last night.

post 14 November 2015
From #JeSuisCharlie to #JeSuisParis - France's bloody year

2015 is turning out to be a grim and possibly defining year for France, and for Europe.

post 07 September 2015
Refugees: today's German heroes could become tomorrow's villains

Like every story that captures the imagination, the audience demands villains, victims and heroes. Let's just say that the roles are still being cast and the list is fluid.

post 06 September 2015
Germany's kindness isn't about guilt - it's about humanity

To put Germany's mass kindness of strangers down to the war is a way of exonerating other countries for not doing enough.

post 06 July 2015
Merkel's dilemma: give in to Greece or stand firm against democracy

Berlin had calculated that the Greek people would come to their senses and vote yes. The opposite happened - and Chancellor Merkel must now untangle a Gordian knot of a problem.

article 02 July 2015 UK, Greece
'It's unthinkable that Britain could leave the EU'

Italy's foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, tells Matt Frei he cannot contemplate a UK exit from the EU. He also warns that migration could become a "great problem".

post 30 June 2015
After Greece, can the EU remain the world's most popular club?

Greece may only represent a fraction of Europe's economy. But in everything else that can't be easily measured by the IMF or ECB, it represents to much more.

post 19 June 2015
Was the Charleston shooting an 'act of terror'?

Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But every time there is a school, cinema or restaurant massacre, the sale of guns and ammo increases and the gun control debate gets drowned out.

article 05 June 2015 World
Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof: Europe can absorb African migrants

The musician and campaigner Bob Geldof says Africans are leaving their continent because of political and economic turmoil and the desire for a better life.

post 08 May 2015
Election 2015: restive UK holds on tight for unintended consequences

The fear factor worked. Go to bed with Nigel and you wake up in a love triangle with Ed and Nicola was a prospect that cowed voters into the foetal position of continuity.

article 17 April 2015 UK, Italy
Italy's migrant crisis: on the frontline in Augusta

The port of Augusta, on Sicily's eastern coast, has witnessed an influx of African migrants - mainly from Libya. Europe Editor Matt Frei reports from what is now the worlds deadliest frontier.

post 27 January 2015
Holocaust survivors - staring down history's demons

Rudolf Hoess tried to perfect the extermination process at Auschwitz. Seventy years later, survivors returned - gloriously, irrepressibly alive.

video 26 January 2015 World, Germany

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Humanity at its most inhumane: Auschwitz remembered - video

On the eve of commemorations marking 70 years since the Auschwitz death camp was liberated, Matt Frei talks to survivors and the grandson of the camp commander.

post 19 January 2015
Ukrainian troops battle for Donetsk airport

New fighting has flared up around the strategically important international airport in Donetsk. Ukrainian troops have launched a counter-offensive after the pro-Russian forces claimed to have taken co

post 07 January 2015
Merkel doesn't like Miliband as much as Cameron - yet

Although she hails from the centre right, Angela Merkel's political instincts are closer to Ed Miliband's than to David Cameron's.

post 16 December 2014
Russia: a belligerent bear with its claws in Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin is still riding high in the polls as the president who has defied the interfering west and resurrected Russia's glory. But for how much longer?

video 16 December 2014 UK

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Collapse of oil price 'net beneficial to UK' - video

Andrew Bailey, deputy governor of the Bank of England, tells Channel 4 News that a 45 per cent drop in oil prices is 'likely to strengthen growth in the UK economy.'

article 06 November 2014 UK
Tower of London poppies: should they stay or go?

Some four million people have flocked to see a crimson tide of ceramic poppies filing the moat of the Tower of London. But should they now be removed as originally intended?