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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    Downtown library invites families to explore their creative sides and draw outside the lines and on the walls

    KANSAS CITY, Mo– Families have the opportunity to tap into their creative side Friday during First Fridays at the Kansas City Public Library. The Central Branch at 10th and Baltimore in downtown Kansas City is opening up gallery space for adults and kids alike to draw whatever they want to on the walls. It’s a celebration of the artistic process, and there will be hot cider, cocoa, live music and even gifts for those who attend. Library officials say it’s important to […]

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    Fireworks mistaken for gunshots lead to standoff near Rockhurst University

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A standoff near Rockhurst University ended with four people being taken into custody Friday morning. Around 3:30 a.m., police were called to a duplex near the corner of 51st and Lydia after someone reported hearing shots coming from a duplex. A Kansas City Police Dispatcher told FOX 4 the residents were being too noisy and while there, someone threw firecrackers out the front window. Fearing they also heard a gunshot, police backed off and surrounded the house with long […]

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    Eat bbq and help local kids as part of annual Red Stocking Breakfast

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — If you love barbecue and helping out children in need, then we have just the event for you. It’s the annual Red Stocking Breakfast at Jack Stack Saturday, Dec. 3, and FOX 4’s Matt Stewart is hosting the event. Kim Byrnes and Nick Vasos will also be in attendance. The cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children age 10 and under eat free. All proceeds benefit KCSL’s Johnson County/KC Metro area prevention and education […]

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    New MLB rules ban some players from chewing tobacco

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals fans, rejoice. Major League Baseball and the Players Union just agreed to a new contract, so the games will go on this summer as planned, but one of the new rules in the contract bans major leaguers from chewing tobacco. So many young kids out there look up to these ballplayers – and want to be just like them. If they see their favorite player putting a wad of tobacco in their mouth during a […]

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    Developers break ground on huge soccer development coming to Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Soccer moms and dads in Lee’s Summit will soon have a shorter drive to get to their child’s practice and games. Developers broke ground Wednesday on a $212-million soccer facility called Paragon Star. Located on 120 acres of land off I-470 and View High Drive, it will be a unique development because it will not only have 10 synthetic turf soccer fields but also include restaurants, retail stores and a hotel. The number of kids playing soccer […]

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    Officers shoot, kill man armed with martial arts staff in Olathe Walmart parking lot

    OLATHE, Kan. — An investigation is underway after an Olathe police officer shot and killed a 50-year-old man late Sunday near the Walmart off Santa Fe and K-7. On Tuesday, police identified him as Walter R. Echols of Cypress, Texas. Olathe police said around 10:30 p.m., police officers were called to the Walmart parking lot on a follow-up to a previous investigation, with concerns that a person might be armed. When officers arrived, they found the suspect holding what they describe as a blunt […]

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    Behind the scenes of the winter classic “The Nutcracker”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A holiday tradition is about to resume this weekend. Sugar Plum Fairies, the Rat King and soldiers will invade the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with their newly designed version of The Nutcracker ballet. Watch the video above for a backstage tour and to hear from some of the performers. Dec. 3 – 24 Kansas City Ballet Box Office (816) 931-8993

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    Johnson County Gateway Project is finally complete after two and half years of construction

    LENEXA, Kan. — After two and a half years of orange cones, closed lanes and overall inconvenience, the Johnson County Gateway Project is finally finished. To celebrate the opening, KDOT will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon  by the newly redesigned 95th Street Interchange, which was a big part of this project. Individuals who drive through the new I-35/435 interchange, will notice that all the flyover ramps are two lanes instead of one. They will also notice that the […]

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    Local organization is making Christmas ‘magical’ for families needing a little extra help this year

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Needy families will get to celebrate Christmas this year – thanks to the efforts of a local organization. The City Union Mission opened up their Christmas store Monday, and families that qualify get to go through the store at 8th and Highland in Kansas City and pick out gifts for their kids and themselves. Volunteers then wrap those gifts and will deliver them to their doorsteps two days before Christmas. The Mission will give out more than […]

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    Don’t throw away broken lights, recycle them

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many of you will be bringing out your Christmas decorations from the basement this weekend. If you happen to find some lights that aren’t working, don’t throw them away. Recycle them. FOX 4 is teaming up with Southeast Enterprises out of Kansas City to collect as many old Christmas lights as possible. There are collection boxes all over the metro where you can take your lights. Employees with special needs will then separate the bulbs from […]

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    Street robbery becomes homicide investigation after 35-year-old man dies at hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A street robbery in Kansas City’s old northeast neighborhood Tuesday morning has become a homicide investigation after police say the victim died at the hospital. According to police on the scene, right before 5 a.m., Corey Walls, 35, was walking down the street near St. John and Cypress when another man approached with a handgun. Police say Walls was shot in the torso and sent to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The gunman ran off with […]

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    The ‘ultimate man cave’ will have you rethinking how you decorate those extra rooms

    STILLWELL, Kan. — As part of FOX 4’s All-Access series, FOX 4’s Matt Stewart is taking you underground to some of the coolest places around Kansas City. Recently his adventure took him inside Stonegate Motorplaza in Stillwell, Kan. The tour though the lavish garage will likely have you rethinking how you utilize those extra spaces at your home so you can make your own replica of the ‘ultimate man cave.’