NBC 6’s Assistant News Director Chad Matthews has been in South Florida for four years but has been making an impact since his very first day.

“One of the first things I did after taking my position was to partner NBC 6 with Miami Beach Gay Pride,” he said. “I am very proud that we were the first local TV station to march in that parade that has grown tremendously in recent years.”

Matthews, 44, is also proud of the support given to the LGBT community from local journalists.

“Just look at the positive stories done in the past year after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage,” he said. “The level of support we get from journalists and LGBT publications in South Florida rivals any big American city.”

For the future, though, Matthews hopes others will be able to experience more acceptance across the country.

“Growing up, I never thought I would see the day same-sex couples could legally marry,” he said. “In big cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale, our community flourishes and is largely accepted. That is not the case in many rural areas. My hope would be that in five years that changes.”

– DZ