Matt Gutman

ABC News Chief National Correspondent

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In a thrilling program, ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman recounts the gripping story of the 18-day rescue of a Thai youth soccer team from the flood-prone Tham Luang Nang Non cave in July 2018. Gutman explores the failed plans and human mistakes that nearly doomed them, the importance of centralized organization and command and control established once US Air Force Special operators arrived on scene, and the daring mission that ultimately saved them. He also highlights the volunteer team of international divers who risked death to execute a plan so risky that its American Air Force planners admitted, “for us, success would have meant getting just one boy out alive.” Having covered the story intensively, traveled deep inside the caves himself, and interviewed dozens of rescuers, experts and eye-witnesses around the world, Gutman offers a pulse-pounding account that vividly recreates this extraordinary event in all its intensity, documenting the ingenuity and sacrifice it took to succeed.

Having spent the last decade reporting on some of the biggest stories from around the globe for ABC News, Gutman is also uniquely positioned to give his insider perspective on the events and issues that continue to have an impact on the world stage to this day— terrorism, mass shootings, immigration, and climate change. Gutman’s also offers special insight into the Middle East—where he spent nearly a decade before going to ABC News—and the upheaval in Venezuela, where he was once detained by the country’s secret police. Sharp, spirited, and doggedly committed to his journalistic instinct to shed light on the truth, Gutman leaves audiences informed and electrified in equal measure.

About Matt Gutman

Matt Gutman is an ABC News Chief National Correspondent. He reports for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including World News Tonight with David Muir, 20/20, Good Morning America, and Nightline. He is based in Los Angeles but has reported for ABC from nearly 50 countries across the globe.

Gutman has covered may of the major stories of the past decade—from the spate of mass shootings and catastrophic storms in the US, to terror in Europe; political upheaval at home and the controversy over the US-Mexico border. But it’s not all tragedy—he’s also reported on triumphs like four Olympic games and the miraculous rescue of the boys soccer team from a cave in Thailand, about which Gutman authored the 2018 book The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand.

While covering the upheaval in Venezuela in late 2016, he was detained for five days by the country’s secret police for “the crime” of reporting on the fatal shortages of medicine and food in the country’s hospitals. Experiencing the inside of one of Venezuela’s dreaded intelligence agency’s prisons further opened to his eyes the corrosive power of repressive governments.

Previously based in Miami, Gutman and his ABC News team won awards for their investigation of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Gutman also made headlines covering the 2010 Gulf oil spill, reporting on BP’s efforts to plug the well and the economic and environmental devastation wrought by the spill.

Before joining ABC News in 2008 where he started at ABC News Radio, Gutman was a Jerusalem-based reporter for seven years, covering every major conflict in the Middle East, from the Palestinian uprising to the invasion of Iraq. He was in Mosul, Iraq in December 2003 when a shepherd tending his sheep informed him that Saddam Hussein had been cornered in Tikrit two hours away. How did the shepherd know? He’d just watched it on Al Jazeera in his hut, he answered. News does travel fast…

Gutman is married and a father of two. He is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts.

Speech Topics

  • The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand
  • On the Ground: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Climate Change in Action
  • Crisis at the Border: The U.S., Mexico, and the Immigration Debate
  • Inside the Upheaval in Venezuela: A First-Hand Account

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