Matt Vita's first reporting job was with the York County Coast Star in Kennebunk, Maine. A year later, he moved to Vermont and the Associated Press statehouse bureau in Montpelier. After a year in Vermont, he became an editor on the AP foreign desk in New York and also spent six months covering the United Nations while attending graduate school. In 1984, he was named AP bureau chief in Warsaw, where he spent three years covering Poland and Eastern Europe. In 1987, he moved to London for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its parent company, Cox Newspapers, as chief European correspondent. He moved to Washington in 1993 to cover the State Department and a year later became the Cox Newspapers foreign editor. He was hired by The Washington Post in 1997 as an assignment editor on the Foreign desk. He moved to the National staff in 2000, where he covered Congress and spent three years as national security editor. He became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was named sports editor in 2009.