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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
  • Local parents concerned for their teens, organize panel for their mental health

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A mental health forum Thursday night was already on the calendar, but it comes at a time when many are thinking and talking about teen mental health, after the mass shooting Wednesday afternoon at a school in Parkland, Fla. Parents in the Blue Valley School District are stepping up to help teens and their families deal with the stresses of adolescence. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Conference Center at 143rd and 69-Highway. […]

  • Every girl at Olathe North high school to get a flower on Valentine’s Day

    OLATHE, Kan. — This Valentine’s Day,  some young men at Olathe North High School are making sure all the young women at their school feel loved. They are committed to giving a flower to every young woman at the school. Watch the video in the player above to see Dillon Ponzer and Connor Hughes, both high school seniors, surprise the drill team in the gymnasium during drill practice.  

  • Teachers, school districts and nonprofits team up to help metro homeless students succeed

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Thousands of students in the metro don’t have a place to call home. They’re staying in shelters, sleeping in cars or crashing at a relative’s place. Many kids end up turning to their schools to get help. Every morning is a test for Salome Murray’s patience. She’s taking care of her five grandchildren. She gained custody after their mother — her daughter — went to jail to serve a five-year sentence. “I ended up with them,” she said. […]

  • Kansas governor backs bill to open records on child deaths

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and the state’s top child welfare official are backing legislation to require disclosure of some records when a child dies of abuse or neglect. Colyer and Department for Children Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel announced Monday that they’re supporting a bill introduced last week in the Kansas House. The bill would require the department to release a child’s age, gender and date of death upon receiving an open records request. It also would have to release […]

  • Shawnee Mission School district makes changes to recycling policy now that they must pay for it

    MERRIAM, Kan. — What used to be free will now cost one local school district thousands of dollars. So, to help control costs, they’re asking for help. Up until February, the Shawnee Mission School District didn’t pay for recycling – their trash hauler took it away for free. But not anymore – so to reduce this extra cost to their budget – they are making changes. They are implementing a program in every school for aimed at kids at lunch […]

  • Inside look at Royals new Urban Youth Academy that just opened

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baseball has come back to the inner city. The Royals $20 million urban youth academy is now officially open. The indoor facility is spacious, well lit, and has batting cages along with an indoor field. There are four ball fields outside. This was the dream of Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who wanted to expose baseball to children living in the inner-city. There are not a lot of fields in the urban core and a lot […]

  • Future of Independence Center questionable as property falls into foreclosure

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A local mall could soon shut down. The owner of Independence Center, Simon Group out of Indianapolis, faces default on a $200 million loan so the mall is expected to be sold in a foreclosure sale Friday, Feb. 16. According to Trepp, a financial research firm, Independence Center has been struggling to make a profit due to competition from other retailers in the area. If a new owner does decide to tear down the mall, businesses will […]

  • Oak Grove police force gets first K-9 officer thanks to donations from generous community

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — Drugs have been a problem for the small Missouri town of Oak Grove, so they’ve hired a new officer charged with cleaning up the streets. Merlin is the city’s first K-9 officer. Officer Andy Anderson is his handler, and they’ve spent the past eight weeks training. City residents came together this summer to raise more than $13,000 to get Merlin from Germany. Up until now, Oak Grove officers had to wait for another agency’s K-9 unit […]

  • Major construction will begin this weekend on I-70 and likely result in delays for drivers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A major stretch of interstate between Kansas City and KCK is about to shut down – and it will be two years before it reopens. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, KDot will close westbound I-70 from Admiral Boulevard to 3rd Street in Kansas City, Kan., to place traffic control for the long-term closure past Broadway. This closure will include all ramps on or off the interstate between those points. This will remain closed until 5 […]

  • Centra Care Urgent Care centers offering free flu shots

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — As the flu continues to sicken families across the metro, there is still time for you to get the flu shot. Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care is offering free flu shots Thursday and Friday to everyone in the community. While the vaccine is only 30 percent effective this year, doctors say getting it is your best hope. Plus it will reduce your flu symptoms should you get sick. The CDC predicts another two months of flu […]

  • Free parking in City Market ends March 1

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Those who visit the City Market will soon have to pay to park. Starting March 1, the lots surrounding City Market will no longer be free. It will cost $1 per hour to park Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. The parking lot inside the City Market Square will be free – but only for two hours. After that, you could get ticketed and towed. Kansas City officials say this decision was made […]

  • KC Library offering free tax prep services to those who make less than $60,000

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If filing your tax return intimidates you,and you don’t want to pay an accountant to do it for you then why not go to the library for some free help. Starting Monday, Jan. 29 through the end of March, the Kansas City Library is offering free tax preparation services at several branches in the metro. There are some restrictions to take part in this service – you need to make less than $60,000 to qualify. While […]