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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, http://www.MattStewartBooks.com.
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
  • KC mom: Someone shot 13-year-old in jaw as he was locking her car

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 13-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after someone shot him as he was standing at the front door of his home Wednesday night. It happened near 56th and Wayne  around 10:30 p.m. The boy’s mom said she had just returned home from work and asked her son to lock up her car as she got in the shower. She told FOX4 only a few seconds had passed when she heard a gunshot. She says she […]

  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson begins statewide listening tour with stop in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New leadership, new opportunities. Missouri’s new Governor Mike Parson embarks on a statewide listening tour Tuesday starting with a stop in Kansas City. Governor Parson will meet with local leaders in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room at Union Station at 7 p.m. On Monday Parson said it’s “time for a fresh start” and called for unity as he addressed the Legislature for the first time since he took office following Eric Greitens’ resignation amid allegations […]

  • President Trump threatens gag rule after report alleges Planned Parenthood failed to report sex abuse of minors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Planned Parenthood’s federal funding is once again in jeopardy. On Thursday lawmakers will respond to President Trump’s threat to strip the clinic of that funding because of a new report that claims employees didn’t report suspected sexual abuse of minors to police. The group Live Action used court records and interviews to detail instances where a minor went to Planned Parenthood for an abortion and told employees she had either been raped, abused by a relative, or […]

  • Proposed streetcar expansion meeting to discuss whether tracks will remain on right side or move to middle

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Should the new streetcar line stay on the right side of the road – or go right down the middle? That is the big question on the table at Tuesday’s public meeting. If you’ve ever ridden the downtown streetcar or driven downtown, you know the tracks are on the right side of the street. But planners with the Streetcar Extension Project are debating whether it would be best to put any new track they lay down […]

  • Prosecutor drops computer tampering case against Greitens

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of two criminal cases against Missouri Gov Eric Greitens will be dismissed, now that the Republican governor has announced his resignation, St. Louis’ top prosecutor said Wednesday. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced that her office has reached a deal to dismiss a felony charge of computer data tampering. A day earlier, Greitens made the stunning announcement that he would step down from office effective Friday, citing “legal harassment.” “I remain confident we have […]

  • Great Plains SPCA raises rates for animals they take in, costing Bonner Springs taxpayers more

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — It could soon cost taxpayers more money to take care of the stray dogs and cats found in one city. Right now when Bonner Springs animal control finds a stray, they take the animal to the Great Plains SPCA in Merriam. Great Plains charges the city $45 for each animal they take in, but that fee is about to rise. In a letter to the city, the President of Great Plains SPCA proposed new rates. Beginning July […]

  • Kemper Arena will now be called Hy-Vee Arena

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Developers of Kemper Arena announced Thursday that it will now be called Hy-Vee Arena. They initially sold the naming rights to Mosaic Life Care, but the health company headquartered in St. Joe gave back those rights in December. Kemper Arena, built in 1974 was the place to go for shows, concerts and other big touring events until the Sprint Center opened in 2007. The arena has been virtually unused for the past decade, costing the city at […]

  • KCI warns emergency drill will be very realistic with fire, smoke and explosions

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you fly out of KCI Wednesday, don’t panic if you see smoke, explosions and emergency vehicles–it’s only a drill. The FAA requires all commercial airports hold a full-scale emergency drill like this every three years – the last drill happening back in 2015. This gives firefighters, paramedics, police officers and airport staff an opportunity to refresh their knowledge and skills, so they’ll be ready if a plane should crash – or there is an act […]

  • What’s next for Gov. Eric Greitens?

    ST. LOUIS — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declared victory as prosecutors abruptly dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge alleging he had taken a revealing photo of a woman with whom he has acknowledged having an affair. The St. Louis circuit attorney’s office said it still plans to pursue the case, either through a special prosecutor or an appointed assistant. But Greitens’ attorneys said the case was crumbling under a lack of evidence and doubted any charge would ever be refiled after […]

  • MLK Advisory Board wants new Kansas City airport to be named after the Civil Rights leader

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Could the new Kansas City airport be named after Martin Luther King Jr.? The MLK Advisory Board thinks it should be. If approved, it would be the only major airport in the nation named after the slain Civil Rights leader. Kansas City already has a park and a pool named after Dr. King, but a lot of residents don’t think that is enough and are now thinking bigger. During a straw poll taken during Wednesday’s advisory board […]

  • School still in session despite attempted burglary overnight at Blue Springs elementary

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Police in Blue Springs are investigating an overnight burglary at an elementary school Tuesday. It happened around 1:15 a.m. at Franklin Smith Elementary near Southwest Clark and Southwest 19th Street. The school’s alarm system sounded, and police quickly responded to the school. Police say they saw someone inside carrying things such as iPads  or laptops so they surrounded the school. “When confronted, he dropped the computer equipment and ran back into the building,” a spokesperson for […]

  • Kansas Gov. Colyer to sign school funding bill in Olathe to give schools millions more each year

    OLATHE, Kan. — Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer will be in Olathe Monday to sign a new school funding bill. The bill, which will be signed into a law at 9 a.m., is expected to give Kansas schools $534 million over the next five years. Last month, Kansas lawmakers passed a school funding bill but later found a mistake that shorted schools $80 million. Lawmakers fixed that flaw last week. With the fix, special education programs will receive tens of millions […]