John Matarese

John Matarese

Consumer Reporter

John is the “Don’t Waste Your Money” consumer reporter for Scripps, featuring money saving reports and scam alerts that are shared with more than 40 Scripps TV stations from his home base at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. He is most proud of being able to help people who have been taken advantage of unfairly, and to warn others not to fall into the same situation. Whether it is alerting viewers to fake job scams, fighting an unfair rent hike, or saving money on the weekly grocery bill, John’s goal is to help everyday people save for a better future, and avoid the thousands of cons that are trying to separate us from our hard-earned money.

Recent Work
A digital coupon at Kroger

Kroger's new digital coupon rules helps those who struggle with apps

Taylor Swift attends an in conversation with Taylor Swift event at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/APLife

Taylor Swift ticket trouble: Sellers backing out at the last minute

Electrion lawnmower cutting grass.

Goodbye gas: Electric lawnmowers rapidly taking over

Security checkpoint at Denver International Airport
David Zalubowski/APLife

Are TSA PreCheck or CLEAR worth the cost?

A shopper carries bags past a sale sign in the window of a clothing store on Oxford Street in London.
David Cliff/APLife

Memorial Day sales: What to buy, what to wait on

Two cute puppies.
Jose Luis Magana / APLife

Pet tracking devices: Worth buying or waste of money?

Movers roll boxes containing baseball bats belonging to members of the St. Louis Cardinals onto a moving truck.
Patrick Semansky/APLife

Hidden moving costs that can add up to hundreds of dollars

Computer generate image.

Listen how AI can clone your voice, use it in phishing scams

Woman with purple nails getting a manicure.

Stumped for Mother's Day? Surprise her with a wellness gift

The Facebook logo is seen on a cell phone.
Michael Dwyer / APLife

How to claim your money from the Facebook class action settlement

Wet purple summer flower
Tyson Thorp/WCPOLife

Save on Mother's Day plants and flowers

A for rent sign is posted on a building in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.
Matt Rourke/APU.S.

Renters beware: Application fees can now cost hundreds of dollars

Janice Goodwin rides her electric-assist bicycle on a paved road in Acadia National Park.
David Sharp/APLife

E-bikes take the work out of biking, but are they worth the cost?

Solar panels.
Scripps News/WCPOLife

Are solar panels worth installing at your home?

Home for sale sign.
Scripps NewsU.S.

Home selling mistakes that can cost you thousands of dollars

Bagging groceries at a grocery store.
Scripps NewsLife

Grocery delivery saves time, but leaves some shoppers frustrated

Image of a luxury apartment.
Scripps News CincinnatiU.S.

'Standby' offers luxury apartments and cheap rent, with one catch

Apple Pay app on an iPhone in New York.
Jenny Kane / APLife

Savings account wars: Apple ups the ante, paying 4% interest

A person holds an old cell phone.
Scripps NewsLife

4 things you can do with your old cell phones and devices

Ticketmaster tickets and gift cards are shown at a box office in San Jose, Calif.
Paul Sakuma/APLife

How to avoid a sports or concert ticket scam

IRS form 4868

Should you file for a tax extension or rush to file by April 18?

Used catalytic converters that were removed from cars at a salvage yard are piled up in a carton.
Steve Helber/APU.S.

These vehicles are most targeted by catalytic converter thieves

A shopper carries bags past a sale sign in the window of a clothing store.
David Cliff/APLife

How to find discounts during the spring 'deal drought'

Anna Wintour attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala.
Evan Agostini / APLife

New ways to buy designer fashion at discount store prices

The roof of the Solar's Apartments in Morgan City, La., is damaged by the winds of Tropical Storm Barry.
Rogelio V. Solis / APLife

Warning signs your roof is not ready for spring storms

Young woman is choosing toys for her child.

Return warehouses sell new merchandise at deep discount

Smiling airport worker taking passport and air ticket from tourist with backpack.

Should you fly or drive for your summer travel this year?

Line of RVs parked along a road.

As camper shortage ends, is now the time to buy?

Judy Wolff stands in her damaged riverfront home in Fort Myers, Fla.

Why drain backup insurance is so essential to have

Storm damage in Norman, Oklahoma.
Alonzo Adams/APLife

Spring storm season is here: How to avoid weather-related scams