Matt Stewart is an award-winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in September 2012.

Matt graduated 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,

Matt has travelled the Midwest during his 15-year broadcasting career. He’s anchored and reported in Omaha, Neb; Sioux City, Iowa; Kearney, Neb; Dayton, Ohio; and Kansas City. As a young, aspiring journalist, Matt dreamed of working in Kansas City, and he is thrilled to live and work in the city he calls home.

Throughout his career, Matt has won several awards from the Associated Press and was nominated for an Emmy for Spot News Reporting. He has interviewed many political dignitaries and celebrities, and he’s travelled the country. He spent a week at Parris Island, S.C., and filed stories on young Marines going through boot camp. He travelled with the Kansas Jayhawks in 2008 from Omaha to Detroit to San Antonio when they won their national championship. He reported from Oklahoma City in 2009 when the Missouri Tigers won the Big 12 Basketball Tournament. He went to Omaha after the Westroads mall massacre and St. Louis after the Kirkwood city council massacre, both in 2009.

In his spare time, Matt volunteers at many charitable organizations, including Pushing Excellence, Suicide Awareness Survivor Support, Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, Bessie’s House, the MDA, and the United Way.

Matt lives in Lenexa with his wife, Chrissy, and their three children.

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    Tree crashes through Overland Park home, leaves family with big mess

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park residents spent Thursday morning cleaning up the tree branches that fell during Wednesday night’s storm. Lisa Canfield lives off College and 69-Highway, and says part of a tree was coming through her son’s closet.  Outside, a massive tree fell on their roof, which opened holes, and with all the rain that fell, caused a lot of water damage inside. “It didn’t come all the way through where we had branches in the house,” Canfield said. “It […]

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    KC Water Services introduces new, free program to help customers avoid flooding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When heavy rain moves through, there’s a chance some will see flooding in their basement and that could lead to sewage problems. KC Water Services introduced a new program on Thursday to help customers avoid future flooding. When sump pump, gutters and yard drains are not properly connected, heavy rains can cause an overflow of the pipes, causing sewage to spill out and flow into area streams and rivers. Rainwater also gets into the wastewater system, which drives up the costs for […]

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    Two drivers sustain minor injuries following weather-related crash in Liberty

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Liberty police believe the heavy rains that poured down early Thursday morning were a factor in an early morning car accident. Police say around 4 a.m., a white Jeep and a black car collided at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and 291 Highway. Police say visibility on the roads was very poor at the time of the crash. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.  

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    Operation BBQ Relief practices preparing food to fuel people in the event of a disaster

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the event of a disaster, one of the most important things to do is get food to the victims, and that is why Operation BBQ Relief took part in Wednesday’s disaster drill. If an earthquake should cause massive destruction in southeast Missouri, this organization would mobilize chefs throughout the Midwest to get smoked meats and other food to that area. They took Wednesday’s drill as an opportunity to not only feed the hundreds of people involved […]

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    American Heart Association issues new sugar consumption guidelines

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new report from the American Heart Association is offering guidelines for how much sugar children and teens should be limiting themselves to. The report says children should have no more than 25 grams, or six teaspoons of added sugar, a day. Health officials say added sugar adds no nutritional value and becomes empty calories in your kid’s diet. Too much added sugar can lead to high blood pressure, weight problems, diabetes and heart problems. “Insulin resistance, which […]

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    Construction begins outside Union Station to improve streetcar stop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New construction begins Monday at Union Station, and the project is expected to make it safer for those who use the streetcar. There are currently a lot of curbs on the east side of Union Station, which makes it a potential hazard for someone to trip and fall and hurt themselves. So the plan is to make the area all one level. “We wanted to make it much more safer, much more pedestrian friendly,” COO of Union Station, Jerry Baber, […]

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    Kansas City sending help to Louisiana flooding victims

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several organizations in the metro are donating supplies and volunteers to help those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. At about 9:00 a.m. on Friday, two Red Cross volunteers – a husband and wife team – will drive a disaster response vehicle down to the Baton Rouge area. The husband is a lieutenant colonel at Whiteman Air Force Base – his wife is a health care provider from St. Joseph. She is using her two weeks of vacation to go […]

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    Excelsior Springs teen returns to school for the 1st time since ATV crash in

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Thursday was the first day of classes for Excelsior Springs, and one of the students most eager to return to class is 16-year-old Greg Murphy. He suffered a spine injury back in February after an ATV accident. After the accident, he missed the rest of last school year. He has returned to school, and his classmates and the community are rallying around him. FOX 4’s Matt Stewart talked to him on the FOX 4 Morning Show. […]

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    KCPS kicks off new school year with new superintendent whose goal is to lead the district to full accreditation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Summer is over for many kids in the metro as parents in several school districts start the new week by sending their kids back to school. Districts opening up Monday include Raytown, Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. KCPS administration moved into a new building at 29th and Troost  over the summer, and besides getting a new building, the staff also is adjusting to a new superintendent who has big plans to keep the district headed in the […]

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    SMSD heads back to the classroom, innovative campus will put new teaching approaches to the test

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. –Friday is the first day of school in the Shawnee Mission School District, and this year, one elementary school is changing the way it teaches kids. Apache Elementary off 89th and Goddard is now an Innovative Campus. The school will be a laboratory for new ideas and different approaches for teaching. For instance, many classrooms have new types of chairs meant to keep the kids engaged. There’s a 3-D printer kids can use in the library, and teachers will […]

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    Ford employee shot and killed in parking lot while leaving night shift

    CLAYCOMO, Mo. — Police confirmed to FOX 4 Thursday morning that one person is dead following a shooting outside of the Claycomo Ford plant. According to police a man was shot dead in the employee parking lot of the car plant  shortly after 4 a.m. A witness told FOX 4 she saw the shooter get into a green Jeep Cherokee following the shooting and speed away from the scene. The witness also said she saw the shooter pull the trigger […]

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    Schlitterbahn reopens at noon, Verrückt remains closed while investigation continues

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Schlitterbahn plans to reopen Wednesday at noon. The waterpark has been closed since Sunday afternoon, after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab died while riding the Verrückt water slide. Spokesperson for Schlitterbahn water park issued the following statement Tuesday: “We will re-open tomorrow at noon and will not be providing interviews. We appreciate your sensitivity and ask for your continued respect and consideration of the Schwab family, our guests, and staff during this difficult time as we continue to pray for […]