“Tragic Loss: Pennsylvania Mourns the Passing of Esteemed News Anchor Emily Matson at 42”

A cherished figure in Pennsylvania’s news landscape, Emily Matson, a revered news anchor, has passed away at the age of 42, as confirmed by Lilly Broadcasting, the parent company of Erie News Now where Matson served for nearly two decades.
Lilly Broadcasting shared a heartfelt statement on the station’s website, expressing deep sorrow over Matson’s untimely demise. They described her as a radiant presence within their newsroom, someone who ardently delivered news while carrying an immense love for Erie and the Northwestern Pennsylvania community.
The company conveyed profound condolences to the Matson family and her husband Ryan during this difficult period of loss.
Colleague Jamison Hixenbaugh, an Erie News Now reporter, expressed profound grief, referring to Matson’s passing as an “utterly devastating” loss. Reflecting on their 15 years of intermittent collaboration, Hixenbaugh attested to Matson’s exceptional character, highlighting her remarkable qualities both as a journalist and as a friend. He reminisced about her incredible wit, warmth, and support.
Christyn Allen, a former colleague and anchor at Tennessee-based WVLT, remembered Matson as a dedicated worker, a playful individual, and an unwavering source of encouragement. In an Instagram tribute, Allen emphasized Matson’s fierce loyalty and her knack for uplifting those around her. She expressed gratitude for the intersection of their paths and the enduring connection they maintained.
Matson’s passing leaves a void not only in the realm of journalism but also in the lives of those she touched, leaving behind cherished memories and an indelible legacy of kindness and professionalism.

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