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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
  • Shawnee Mission culinary students cook and sell Thanksgiving sides to raise money

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some local culinary students want you to take it easy this Thanksgiving and let them do the cooking for you. Shawnee Mission students spent the last three days cooking pies, rolls and other side dishes at the Broadmoor Bistro off 71st and Metcalf in Overland Park. They’ve done this the past nine years, and it’s grown every year. This year, they pre-sold more than 280 meals and raised more than $12,000. They use that money to […]

  • Girl Scouts organization encourages parents to refrain from telling their children they owe someone a hug

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Don’t force your daughter to hug relatives — that’s the message the Girl Scouts of America are sharing with parents this holiday season. The Girl Scouts organization says this isn’t a license to be rude to relatives, but with all of the stories in the news with powerful men accused of sexual assault, the Girl Scouts see this as a timely message to remind girls it’s okay to set physical boundaries and expect respect. In a […]

  • Quickly transforming from scary to merry, Worlds of Fun is ready for its first Winterfest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time ever, Worlds of Fun is celebrating Christmas, and they have a lot of unique activities planned for you and your family. In the video above Matt Stewart gives us an inside look at the amusement park to show us what’s new for their first year of Winterfest. The park spent the last year and a half planning for this celebration. There are 10 different live shows throughout Winterfest – and the performers […]

  • Independence City Council votes to cut number of tobacco-only shops in city in half

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — You are no longer welcome here — that is the message Independence leaders are sending to one type of business they say is hurting the health of our children. National studies show cigarette usage among teens is falling, but the number of teens using “other” forms of tobacco is on the rise. Right now, there are 14 tobacco stores in Independence offering cheap cigarettes and other tobacco products, but that number is about to be cut in […]

  • Union Station says their holiday celebration this year will be bigger and better than ever

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Preparations are underway at it Kansas City landmark to ready for a massive family Christmas celebration. They are putting up the lights and other decorations inside Grand Hall at Union Station. New this year, they have made the train area even bigger. They have also decorated outside Science City with inflatable part ice sculptures. They hope many families will come out throughout the holiday season to enjoy the decorations and get in the Christmas spirit. “Our […]

  • Mayor Sly James warns new tax bill could hurt future urban development

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As tax reform takes one step closer to reality, Kansas City’s mayor warns this new tax bill will hurt future urban development – and put the new airport project at risk. This new tax bill would eliminate two types of bonds – one of which Kansas City has used to help pay for big projects such as water and sewer upgrades, the Zoo, Liberty Memorial and the Sprint Center. The other bond called the Private Activity […]

  • KC’s 3 big free agents Hosmer, Moose and Cain reject qualifying offers from Royals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No surprise here. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain have all rejected their qualifying offers from the Kansas City Royals. Last week, the Royals gave out qualifying offers to the three Royals stars. A qualifying offer is a one-year, $17.4-million contract to stay in KC. All three will now test the free agency waters. Of course, the Royals can still try to re-sign them. But what are the prospects of any of them staying here? Royals officials want […]

  • Three local schools will be among the first to test pilot program through the STEM Project Lead the Way

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A unique program pairing computer engineers with students is coming to the metro for the first time. Founded by a Microsoft employee eight years ago, software engineers volunteer their time to teach students how their classroom learning is applied in the real world. Right now there are thousands of unfilled, good paying computer science jobs. So the goal is to encourage students to learn how to write code and use their creativity to solve problems. “That’s […]

  • As deadline looms, Royals fans keep close eye on 3 big free agents

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thursday is decision day for three of our favorite Royals players. We should know by the afternoon if the Royals three big free agents decide to stay in Kansas City or test the free agent waters. Last week, the Royals gave out qualifying offers to Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain. A qualifying offer is a one year, $17.4-million contract to stay in KC. They have until 4 p.m. Thursday to accept it. If they […]

  • Kansas City School District performance scores not high enough to remove ‘partial accreditation’ status just yet

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The state just released this year’s Annual Performance Report for all school districts, which combines state test scores with attendance, college and career readiness, and graduation rates. Kansas City students scored higher in language arts and science compared to last year. But overall, the district’s test scores weren’t high enough to gain the district full accreditation – they will remain partially accredited for another year. They recognize they need to improve turnover. Right now, around 40-percent […]

  • Kansas City northland high school students place 1,000 flags at their school for Veterans Day

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 50 high school students got up early Friday morning to brave the cold to honor veterans. Staley High School, 2800 NE Shoal Creek Pkwy., students planted more than 1,000 flags int he grass next to the drive leading up to the front door.  They do it to honor local veterans who will attend their assembly later this morning. Several students with parents who either served or are serving in the military say they love being able to […]

  • Mother whose daughter was kidnapped in 1995 attends workshop held in KC on police response

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s one of a parent’s greatest fears– the kidnapping of their child. For the first time, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is hosting a conference with police chiefs of more than 30 police departments to figure out ways to work together to improve response times for missing kids. When a child is missing, time is critical. More than 40 percent of all kids kidnapped are killed within the first hour. Colleen Nick of […]