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Matt Stewart is an award-winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in September 2012.
Matt knew he found his calling as a journalist in the 2nd Grade when he printed neighborhood newspapers using his mom’s typewriter. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1997. While there, he walked on to the football team and played safety and special teams. He earned a full-ride scholarship and helped the Wildcats rise from the bottom of the Big Ten to winners of two consecutive Big Ten championships. He wrote a book about his experiences called “The Walk-On”. You can learn more about it at his website,
As a life-long Royals and Chiefs fan, Matt always dreamed of working in Kansas City. He began his career as a traffic reporter/editor/photographer in Omaha, Neb, before moving on to anchor and report in Sioux City, Iowa; Kearney, Neb; Dayton, Ohio; and now Kansas City. Along the way, Matt has won several awards for his reporting including an Emmy nomination for Spot News. Highlights from his career include spending a week at Parris Island, S.C. while following young Marines during boot camp; travelling with the Kansas Jayhawks as they won the 2008 national championship; and reporting on the Kansas City Royals magical ride in 2015 when they won the World Series.
In his spare time, Matt emcees events for many charitable organizations including Kansas Children’s Service League, MOKAN Suicide Awareness Survivor Support, Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, and the Orphan Justice Center.
Matt lives in Lenexa with his wife, their three children and their chihuahua, Ruby.

Recent Articles
  • Budget cuts forcing Raytown Police Department to consider reducing police force by a third

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — One metro city is about to drastically cut its police force. Budget problems are forcing the police chief in Raytown to take dire action. This issue will be front and center when the Raytown Board of Alderman meet Tuesday night at city hall. The city is cutting $3-million from the police department’s budget. In an open letter to Raytown citizens, Police Chief Jim Lynch laid out the cuts he will have to make due to a lack […]

  • Missouri Gas Energy becomes Spire and they now have an orange logo

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you get your gas from Missouri Gas Energy, you’ll notice some major changes on your next bill. MGE has a new name. It’s now called Spire, and they’ve put new orange logos all over their trucks. With MGE, Spire combines five utilities in Missouri, Mississippi and Alabama under one umbrella. There are some advantages to this. It will keep costs down for the company and customers, plus they now have the resources to create a […]

  • Smoke detectors help save lives at two Kansas City fires on Friday morning

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City families are thanking their smoke detectors for saving their lives Friday morning as fire crews went to two scenes before daybreak. An apartment caught fire near Sixth and Benton. Around 5 a.m., Anthony Mitchell got a very loud wake-up call from a smoke detector. He saw flames and smoke coming from his back deck/porch and tried to put it out with a bucket of water. When he saw that wasn’t working, he yelled to […]

  • Oak Grove Police Department is hosting a fundraiser this weekend to help cover costs of new K-9 officer

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A local police department is looking to hire another officer – one of the four-legged variety, but they need help covering the costs. On Saturday the Oak Grove Police Department will host a fundraiser at Abe Thompson’s RV Sales to raise money for the dog and its training. They hope to raise $12,000. The fundraiser will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Currently the department has to call Grain Valley or Jackson County when they […]

  • You’re invited to help Sporting KC celebrate their big win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the fourth time in seven years, Sporting KC is waking up champions. The team won the U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd at Children’s Mercy Park. The championship party will be held at Power and Light Friday at 6:30 p.m., and you’re invited to attend. The U.S. Open Cup is our country’s oldest soccer tournament, open to every professional soccer team in the U.S. Sporting took on the New […]

  • New butterfly garden inside Hyde Park serves as a getaway for people looking for moment of peace

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Families living in one Kansas City neighborhood decided to build a relaxing getaway in their nearby park. The residents of Hyde Park near 38th and Gillham helped raise $25,000 to build a butterfly garden inside a labyrinth. Grants also helped pay for the project, which they built earlier this year. But they waited until Wednesday to celebrate its grand opening so they could have flowering plants in the butterfly garden, which they now have. And they […]

  • Edgemoor officials to meet with local companies interested in helping build proposed new airport

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The company picked to design a new KCI is moving forward Wednesday, meeting with local companies who want to help them build it. But more concerns are being raised with the way the city selected Edgemoor for the job. Edgemoor officials want local companies interested in building a new airport – especially those owned by women and minorities – to meet them at the American Jazz Museum at 3 p.m. Even though the city council has […]

  • After nine years in the making, the largest fish and wildlife exhibit in the world opens this week in Springfield, Mo.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The largest fish and wildlife exhibit in the world opens up this week in Springfield, Missouri. It’s called Wonders of Wildlife, and it was created by the founder of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris. Fox 4’s Matt Stewart made the three-hour drive to check it out and says if you love the outdoors, you’ll love this new attraction. Check out a sneak peek inside the Africa exhibit in the video player below. Not seeing it? Click or […]

  • New report shows more high school seniors are choosing to attend Mo. State instead of Mizzou

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mizzou is no longer the college of choice for high school graduates in the Show Me State. This according to a newly released report. For the past five years, students taking the ACT have had the option of reporting which college they plan to attend. This year, UMKC finished fourth in the survey, with more graduates than ever choosing to come to Kansas City. But the latest survey results are not great for Mizzou. For the […]

  • Doctors say it’s time to start thinking about getting a flu shot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local infections disease expert expects the flu season to be ‘normal’ this year, but she still believes you should get a flu shot. Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, Children’s Mercy Hospital infectious diseases director, says the flu kills tens of thousands of people every year – especially the elderly and children with compromised immune systems. And yet, only half of you will go out and get a flu shot. The flu vaccine is developed a year […]

  • Well-known author Jodi Picoult is in KC helping put finishing touches on musical based on her book “Between the Lines”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From the page to the stage, a well-known author’s book is being transformed into a musical – and it’s making its world premiere at the KC Rep. “Between the Lines” is one of author Jodi Picoult’s 24 books. She wrote it with her daughter, and it’s about a young girl who falls for a prince in a book that comes to life. This musical is getting the Broadway treatment – some of the best from New […]

  • Proposal suggests criminal background checks for all voters

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — What if you had to undergo a criminal background check before you were allowed to vote? That is the issue a federal election commission will look at Tuesday and some local advocates are not happy about it. Voters’ rights will take center stage Tuesday as a federal election commission examines a possible new way to get rid of voter fraud: criminal background checks for all voters. Twelve different voting rights groups will meet in downtown Kansas […]