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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
  • Students across Kansas City walk out of school in effort to end gun violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students across the metro and across the country walked out of class Friday in an organized effort to protest gun violence. Students gathered at Hyde Park in Kansas City around 11:30 a.m. for a peaceful protest. Many wore orange and black Friday, the official national school walkout colors. Some students who couldn’t make it to Hyde Park simply walked out of class around 10 a.m. for a short time to remember those killed in school shootings. […]

  • Victims of DUI crashes to be memorialized in Kansas, serve as reminder of dangers of driving after drinking

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Under a new Kansas Department of Transportation program, “Lost to DUI” memorial signs will be placed along state and federal highways for victims of drunken driving accidents. The first memorial sign was recently unveiled by parents of 20-year-old Kylie Jobe and 22-year-old Kyle Thornburg, who were killed in a 2011 accident, The Salina Journal reported. Barby Jobe said her daughter and Thornburg were on their way back from a skiing trip when they were struck by an […]

  • Paola teacher using dry-erase board drawings to get students excited for school

    PAOLA, Kan. — It can be hard to get your kids excited to go to school, but a Paola teacher is using markers, a dry erase board and her talents to get kids excited about learning. DeAnna Morgan has taught art at Paola High School for the past two years, and she draws on her dry erase board to get her kids excited about learning. She also found it helps her connect with them and inspire them in their own […]

  • Leawood’s Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility getting $335 million expansion

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The future of wastewater in Johnson County is about to be cleared up. Construction to expand the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility in Leawood begins Thursday, and it’s expected to eventually save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. When you flush the toilet or when you wash dishes that water needs to be cleaned. But the Leawood treatment plant is not big enough to clean all the wastewater coming from Johnson County residents so they’re expanding it. […]

  • On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rockhurst University remembers the millions of lives lost

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A solemn event took place Wednesday at Rockhurst University to remember the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Students and staff planned to spend five and a half hours reading off the names of more than 1,600 Jews and Jesuits killed in concentration camps during World War II. Rockhurst has hosted this student run event for the past 13 years. The names they read come from a Jewish database of Holocaust victims. Organizers say it […]

  • American Jazz Museum could close for a year as city works to improve visitor experience

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city council will consider a recommendation to close the American Jazz Museum for up to a year as part of a reorganization of the tourist attraction. Some question closing the museum at a time when the city is investing millions of dollars to attract developers to the area. Museum Management Consultants from California have criticized the American Jazz Museum for having stale exhibits and poor financial management. “I would not like to see the museum […]

  • Overland Park bakery joins forces with SevenDays to promote kindness this week

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A local organization aimed at spreading kindness kicks off a week-long effort to raise awareness Tuesday. SevenDays the local organization that carries the slogan, “make a ripple, change the world,” encourages people to make a difference in the world thorough acts of kindness. During each of the seven days, participants are encouraged to focus on specific themes such as love, discover and connect. The families of Dr. William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno started the SevenDays campaign. The […]

  • Merriam city leaders expected to ease restrictions on home businesses

    MERRIAM, Kan. — It’s about to get easier to run your business from home in Merriam. City leaders are expected to ease restrictions Monday night for those who work out of the house. It’s all about attracting more families and home-based businesses to move to Merriam. Most cities require those who work from home to get a permit, and depending on your type of business, you might have to also pay an annual fee. Up until now, Merriam has had […]

  • KC city officials give final pitch to host NFL Draft in either 2019 or 2020

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL Draft could be coming to Kansas City. Friday is the deadline for Kansas City officials to turn in their bid, and they hope to make a serious run to host this event sometime in the next two years. The Kansas City Sports Commission believes Union Station would be the best place to televise the draft – it’s beautiful, historical, and provides a lot of space. It worked for the Royals rally after winning the […]

  • Nearly 800 abandoned homes in KC torn down or rehabbed since 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An ambitious project to tear down or rehab dangerous homes and buildings in Kansas City is reaching a milestone, and on Thursday, city leaders celebrated its success. At 10 a.m., Mayor Sly James and other city officials gathered at one of the homes purchased and rehabbed as part of the program. Since June 2016, 689 of the 889 structures on the city’s dangerous homes list have been torn down. There are approximately 200 in various states of […]

  • Missouri voters to decide several important issues, including possible use tax in 5 cities

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide several important issues – and in Kansas City, they’ll be using brand new voting machines for the first time. Kansas City voters will be using new touchscreens to fill out their ballot. In the past, voters used a pencil to fill in the circles on a paper ballot. Election officials say the new touchscreen technology makes it easier and faster for people to complete the voting […]

  • Lee’s Summit H.S. has new security measures after recent threat

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Starting Monday, new security measures will be put into place at one local high school. And while meant to keep students safe, it could make it harder for some students to get to class. Lee’s Summit High School has three different buildings, and many students walk outside through a courtyard to get to class. Some of these doors have always remained unlocked, but not anymore. Starting Monday, every door leading in and out of the school […]