Matthew Backhouse is APNZ's longest-serving Wellington news reporter. He covers up-to-the-minute Wellington, national and political news for APN's newspapers and websites, including the Herald. Matthew is an associate member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and a former political reporter for the NZ Press Association. He cut his teeth in student media as the co-editor of Auckland University student magazine Craccum, before studying journalism at Massey University. He lives in Wellington with his partner and son.