Matt Calman is a trained artist, graduating from the Design and Arts College of New Zealand with a Dip Arts (with Hons) in 2000, majoring in photography. He retrained as a journalist at Massey University in Wellington in 2007 and worked at the Dominion Post from 2007 till late 2010.
His main role since leaving the newspaper has been raising his two daughters, though he continued working as a freelance writer, blogger, and photographer for a number of publications. His debut book The Longest Day was released in 2020. It documents his battle with depression and tackling one of New Zealand’s toughest endurance races.