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.

Recent Articles
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    Young residents continue to build skating facility at Columbus Park despite knowing it will eventually be torn down

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One local community is in the middle of a massive do-it-yourself project that involves building a skate park, and they hope to inspire other neighborhoods to take back their streets. Columbus Park near 4th and Harrison in downtown Kansas City didn’t used to be a nice place for the community to hang out. But about a year and a half ago, a young resident and his friends decided to take matters into their own hands by […]

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    FOX 4 takes you inside Greenwood’s Monkey Island

    GREENWOOD, Mo. — Kansas City has lots of fun places to learn about, but an animal sanctuary in Greenwood is one-of-a-kind. Monkey Island Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is home to abandoned and unwanted exotic animals. As a part of All Access KC, FOX 4’s Matt Stewart takes you inside Monkey Island to learn more about their operation and to meet a few of the animals.  While there, Matt met a one-week-old white-handed gibbon. Dana Savorelli runs Monkey Island. Dana says he […]

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    Contested Missouri religious-objections measure voted down

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A contested Missouri measure to protect businesses that deny services for same-sex weddings has been voted down. The measure failed to advance Wednesday on a 6-6 vote in a House committee. It had previously passed the Senate. The legislation drew opposition from LGBT-rights activists and some business leaders, who cited economic backlash in other states with laws perceived as discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “Just as those of you standing here can think […]

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    Jazz bands from all over US take part in Jazz Summit at KCK Community College

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The sweet sounds of jazz are floating through the air at one school in Kansas City, Kan., Wednesday. Dozens of jazz bands from schools around the metro and as far away as Texas and Washington D.C., came together to play and learn at KCK Community College this week.  It’s also a competition where these students not only learn the beauty of jazz, but also get the freedom to create their own unique sounds. “Even though we […]

  • Body Worlds comes to Kansas City

    Controversial exhibit coming to Union Station aims to teach about cycle of life

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A controversial new exhibit is coming to Union Station in just a few weeks. The exhibit is called Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life, and it’s an examination of our bodies from birth to death, in good health and bad health. The exhibit features real bodies, real organs, all preserved in a process called plastination.  It is similar to an exhibit that came to Kansas City eight years ago, but those in charge of this display say it will […]

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    Parts shortage causes Fairfax GM plant to halt production for nearly 2 weeks

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. —  Hundreds of employees at the Fairfax General Motors plant will have the next two weeks off after the car company decided to stopped production on two types of vehicles because of an earthquake in Japan. The 3,500 workers who build the Chevy Malibu and Buick LaCrosse have been told to stay home for two weeks starting Monday. Some of the parts used in these vehicles are made in Japan, and last week’s magnitude-7.4 earthquake damaged the factories that […]

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    Johnson County leaders propose plan to pay for new courthouse

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. –Johnson County leaders want to tear down the current courthouse in Olathe and build a brand new one, and they have just agreed on a new plan to pay for it. They built the current courthouse in 1952, and it’s been falling apart in recent years. County Commissioners had a choice to either spend millions to renovate it or they could build a new one across the street and tear the current one down. On Thursday, they chose the latter […]

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    Police say Independence stranger danger incident was just local mom trying to help

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police said an alleged stranger danger incident that occurred Tuesday in Independence was simply a mother attempting to help a child walking alone, and that no criminal activity occurred. Parents at one Independence elementary school were asked to keep a close eye on their children when they went to school on Wednesday, until the woman contacted the school district an police to explain her intentions. A couple of young students at  Glendale Elementary said they were followed as they walked […]

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    High school seniors show off solutions they’ve created for real world problems

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –On Tuesday, more than 330 high school seniors showed off projects they have been working on at Union Station. More than 20 metro high schools take part in Project Lead the Way, and Tuesday was the senior showcase where the students displayed their final projects. These seniors all used their science, technology, Engineering, and math skills to find solutions to everyday problems. “It’s all so incredible because everyone from our school has been working so hard all […]

  • The cost of water in Kansas City is expected to rise.

    As rates rise KC Waters asks for public to weigh in on price hikes and future of city’s water system

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Tuesday KC Water Services will host the first of a year-long series of public meetings to discuss how to pay for water improvements in the city. From the water in the fountains to the water coming out of your tap to toilet water we all need clean water to survive, but some of the pipes underground carrying the water is more than 140-years old and needs to be replaced. KC Water is spending close to $2-billion […]

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    Jackson County residents up early to get hands on single-game Chiefs tickets

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs tickets went on sale Monday, and dozens of fans braved the rain to secure their seats. Only Jackson County taxpayers could purchase tickets Monday. You have to buy them in person at Arrowhead Stadium, and you must bring a photo ID and property tax records with you to prove you live in Jackson County. The Chiefs have some exciting match ups this coming season – including the opener against the San Diego Chargers, games against […]

  • Jeffrey S. Sauerbry

    Man accused of killing KC woman, dumping her body into river more than decade ago heads to trial

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A trial is scheduled to begin this week for a man accused of killing a Kansas City woman who disappeared more than a decade ago while conducting door-to-door market research. Jury selection for the case began Monday. Jeffrey S. Sauerbry is scheduled to stand trial this week in the death of Summer Shipp, a 54-year-old Kansas City mother, who vanished in Independence in December 2004. Her dismembered body was found four years later in a plastic bag […]