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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
  • SMSD kindergarten teacher puts unique spin on summer reading in digital age

    OLATHE, Kan. — One local teacher is now using technology to connect with her students and to help keep their brains working until school starts up again. Carol Valdes, who goes by Venis Valdez on YouTube, is a rising internet star — at least among students at Shawanoe Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission School District. The kindergarten teacher created a YouTube channel this summer where she posts videos of herself and her friends reading books. “I tell my students […]

  • Kids graduate from junior police academy program, learning about fingerprints, bomb squad, shooting range

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Some kids are getting a first hand look at what it takes to be a police officer by taking part in the Lee’s Summit Junior Police Academy.   This is the tenth year the Lee’s Summit Police Department has hosted the Junior Police Academy. Around 30 kids between the ages of 12 and 14 spent the week with officers doing everything from fingerprinting to touring the shooting range to learning about the bomb squad. Friday is graduation day. They […]

  • New Disney World theater modeled after KC’s old Willis Wood Theatre

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A piece of Kansas City history will soon be a main attraction in Disney World, and it’s all to honor Walt Disney who grew up here. Walt Disney got his start at the old Laugh-o-gram Studios at 31st and Troost. Inside the building is where he drew his first animated movies and fed a tame mouse that inspired him to later create Mickey Mouse. While a nonprofit continues to try to renovate the old Laugh-o-gram Studio, it’s another […]

  • Shawnee’s The Doll Cradle is where damaged dolls go to heal and be restored

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Did you know that one of the only doll hospitals in the Midwest is right here in the metro? It’s a place you can take your broken dolls to get fixed. The Doll Cradle off Johnson Drive and Neiman Road in Shawnee has been around for 47 years. They sell all kinds of dolls. Some of the older ones go for thousands of dollars, and many of them mean a lot to their owners. They also fix […]

  • Police say a man shot his stepfather to death in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Mo. — A man is dead and his stepson in custody Wednesday morning after an overnight homicide. It happened near 93rd and Nieman Road – not far from Westridge Middle School. As of 6 a.m. officers were still on the scene and have taped off the town home where it happened. Overland Park police say it all started as some sort of altercation between the victim and his stepson. Around 1:30 a.m., the suspect’s mother called police, frantic […]

  • Video captures something strange lurking at Independence home of Ginger Rogers

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Renovations are underway at the birthplace of Ginger Rogers and there have been some strange spiritual sightings inside the house. The house sits on the corner of Main and Moore near 24-Highway in the Historic Truman District in Independence. A couple bought the house a year and a half ago to renovate it and create a Ginger Rogers museum. But it was in real bad shape, and it’s taking them longer to fix the foundation, restore the […]

  • Kansas faces skeptical state Supreme Court on school funding

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Attorneys for Kansas will try to convince an often skeptical state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the funding increase legislators approved for public schools this year is enough to provide a suitable education for kids statewide. The high court is hearing arguments about a new law that phases in a $293 million increase in education funding over two years. The justices ruled in March that the $4 billion a year in aid the state then provided to […]

  • Oak Grove girl’s 5th grade science project inspires dad to turn garage into shrimp farm

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — An Oak Grove family is operating a strange business in their garage – they’ve converted it into a shrimp farm. The Sheibers  harvest thousands of shrimp in massive tubs filled with salt water. They buy the shrimp from Indiana at two months old and spend three months helping them grow to size. They sell around 50 pounds of shrimp to local restaurants each week, including Room 39, Reiger, Novel and Farmhouse. Inspired by their daughter’s fifth […]

  • Crews spend morning tightening overhead wires of streetcars, say it’s part of basic maintenance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The streetcar system is undergoing repairs Monday morning. Crews hope to get it done before people head into work, but if not, there is a plan in place. Crews are spending the overnight hours re-tensioning the overhead wires because the wires overhead can start to droop over time, so they are tightening them to make sure they not only stay operational, but safe as well. They shut down several lanes on Main Street – from Truman […]

  • KCK elementary school absent a playground for years having a brand new one built by volunteers

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A community is working together to build a new playground for local kids. Some kids who’ve gone without a playground for more than 10 years are finally getting one. Dozens of volunteers met at W.A. White Elementary School off 43rd and Parallel Parkway Friday morning to help put the playground together. The school won a $15,000  grant from Dr. Pepper/Snapple to buy all the equipment. They are assembling it and look forward to the kids playing […]

  • Immerse yourself into history and build your excitement for “Dunkirk” by hopping on CinaTransformer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –A new movie detailing a major battle during World War II comes to theaters soon. And to build excitement for the film, the movie’s producers sent a CinaTransformer to Kansas City. The Cinetransformer features a Barco cinema projector, 15-foot screen, 87 stadium-style ButtKicker interactive seats, and 5.1 Dolby digital sound, putting audiences in the midst of one of the summer’s most anticipated films. As a token of gratitude to those who have served or are serving our […]

  • KC City Council will vote on whether to approve plan to expand QuikTrip on Westport Road

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A fight between a local neighborhood and QuikTrip will come to a vote Thursday afternoon. KC City Council members will decide whether to allow the convenience store to expand its store on Westport Road. QuikTrip bought a building next door with plans to tear it down and put a new store there. They want to put the gas pumps where the current store stands, and Mercier Street would become a part of their parking lot. It […]