Meteorologist Matt Hinkin retires after 31 years at WATE 6 On Your Side


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Many of you have asked us, “How’s Matt Hinkin?” Well, Matt has decided to retire from WATE 6 On Your Side after more than three decades serving East Tennessee.

Matt has shared everything from sun to inclement weather throughout his 31 years here. Not only has he kept you up to date with the weather, he’s also served the community so well, sharing his weather knowledge with kids in countless schools.

And whenever there was a charity golf tournament, Matt was the first to sign up.

In recent years, he has faced great challenges in his life. Anchor Lori Tucker sat down with him to talk about his plans for the future, his happiest memories here, and how faith got him through it all.

He’s the same Matt Hinkin we’ve come to know and love all these years; only now he spends much more time at home. A new house that he and his son Josh have just moved into. It’s a level house and easier to maneuver for Matt, now that he has to use a walker to help him keep his balance.

Matt shared his Parkinson’s diagnosis three years ago in a series of stories he made with Lori, designed to help others facing the same struggles.

More hardship would follow with the sudden death of his wife Debi in a car crash in November 2020. Matt has learned to find joy in good times with his family at home and at WATE.

Matt Hinkin in pictures over the years

Hey, Matt, we love you! We hope you enjoy your retirement.

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