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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    Behind the scenes of “The Nutcracker”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An old holiday favorite is getting a makeover. For the first time in more than 30 years, The Nutcracker will have a new look. The Kansas City Ballet spent more than $2.5 million dollars on a new set, costumes, lighting and props. They’ve modernized the show as well, so “The Nutcracker” you grew up watching will be a lot different this year. While the story and music stays the same, the directors have freshened up the story […]

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    Kansas City Public Schools to move headquarters downtown

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Public Schools is beginning the process of leaving its headquarters downtown because the school district just entered into an agreement to move into a new building. For decades, school leaders have worked out of an 11-story building at 12th and McGee – right next to Sprint Center. But on Monday, the district signed a contract with Nazarene Publishing House to buy its building at 29th and Troost. When the Nazarene print operation closed last fall […]

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    Sneak peek of the Nutcracker Tea Party

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A holiday tradition for families will open on Saturday, Dec. 5. and run through Sunday, Dec. 6. The Nutcracker Tea Party features student dancers from Crescendo Conservatory in Overland Park, Kan. Artistic director Christina Valdez says Crescendo Conservatory tries to keep the show new every year by adding a few things.

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    Local stores gear up for Black Friday shoppers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The holiday shopping season is about to begin, and many stores are once again gearing up to begin their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving. Dollar General and Family Dollar kickoff the sales at 7 a.m. while Walgreens and RadioShack begin offering their Black Friday deals at 8 a.m. on Thursday. JC Penny is next at line at 3 p.m. while the majority of stores will offer their Black Friday deals at 5 and 6 p.m. Those […]

  • Fox 4 Toy Test: The verdict is in

    Fox 4 Toy Test: The verdict is in

    GARDNER, Kan. — What will be 2015’s hottest toy for the holidays? FOX 4 put a variety of toys to the test and to find out which ones local kids like the best. Watch the video above for the results.

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    Behind the scenes of “A Christmas Carol”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The KC Rep on the UMKC campus unveiled a newly renovated theater Friday. The theater spent $5.5 million adding more space in the lobby and renovating the inside of the theater. The restrooms are much nicer, the seat cushions are firmer, and the stage is brand-new. Most importantly, they raised the ceiling so the acoustics in the theater are much better. “Our audiences complain the most about acoustics and not being able to hear and we spent […]

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    Gardner students test out this season’s top-ranked toys

    GARDNER, Kan. — What will be 2015’s hottest toy for the holidays? FOX 4 is putting a variety of toys to the test and getting opinions of local kids. Watch the video above to see what students at Gardner Elementary School thought of the toys.

  • Worlds of Fun is facing a lawsuit after they allegedly discharged polluted water into nearby rivers.

    Worlds of Fun faces lawsuit for allegedly dumping pollutants into nearby rivers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While Worlds of Fun is closed for the season, the park is facing scrutiny from an environmental group, which claims Worlds of Fun has been polluting the Missouri River for the past five years. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed the lawsuit this week in federal court against Worlds of Fun and the park’s owner, Cedar Fairs out of Ohio. They claim the park has been dumping too many pollutants, including chlorine, copper, oil and […]

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    What local kids think of this season’s ‘hottest toys’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — What will be 2015’s hottest toy for the holidays? FOX 4 is putting a variety of toys to the test and getting opinions of local kids. Watch the video above to see what toys made the list and what kids thought of them.

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    KC’s Public Safety Committee to decide whether to raise smoking age to 21

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s Public Safety Committee will decide on Wednesday if the smoking age should be raised to 21. It’s a move proponents of the measure say many other communities have had success with, and now city staff is encouraging the KC Council to approve the higher smoking age. The Tobacco 21 KC Movement has been spearheaded locally by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Institute of Medicine has said 90 […]

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    Third and fourth graders put this year’s top-ranked toys to the test

    GARDNER, Kan. — What will be 2015’s hottest toy for the holidays? FOX 4 is putting a variety of toys to the test and getting opinions of local kids. Watch the video above to see what third and fourth graders at Gardner Elementary School thought of two experimental toys.

  • Henry Bloch donates valuable art

    FOX 4’s exclusive look inside Henry Bloch’s Mission Hills home

    MISSION HILLS, Kan.  — Back in July, the founder of H&R Block announced he was donating two dozen of his priceless paintings to the Nelson Atkins Museum. Now for the first time, FOX 4 had the opportunity to speak with Henry Bloch and hear why he decided to donate the pieces of art. “If you consider the alternative, what would I do with it?” Bloch asked. “I have four children, we’d have to divide it up. We could sell it, but I […]