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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, www.MattStewartBooks.com.

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
  • Researchers say distractions are causing more accidents for teens than they previously thought

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Previous research indicated that distractions did not cause a lot of teen accidents, but a new study is proving that myth wrong. The teens involved in the study had cameras mounted to their vehicles,  one showed the road, the other showed the driver.. The Triple A Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed more than a 1,700 crash videos for the study and discovered that distractions caused nearly 60 percent of the wrecks. Before the study, researchers thought distractions only played a part in […]

  • Elderly man recovering after being pulled from burning home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An elderly man is recovering after being pulled from his burning home early Tuesday morning. The fire broke out just before 2 a.m. near 46th and Bales. Firefighters said that when they arrived, they saw flames and smoke pouring out of the back of the home. Fire crews said they found an elderly man, who family identified as 77-year-old James Allen, in the back bedroom and had to pull him out of the home. Allen was rushed […]

  • Man dead after wrong-way crash on I-435 in Northland

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is dead following an accident late Sunday night. Police said a driver was headed the wrong direction on southbound Interstate 435 near the Cookingham exit  when he hit a truck head on just before midnight. The driver was in a white jeep and hit a Time Warner truck. The Time Warner truck caught fire as a result of the impact, according to police. Police said a semi then hit the jeep. The driver of the jeep […]

  • Lawmakers debate whether to ban plastic grocery bags

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House  passed legislation that bans cities from passing laws that could ban plastic bags. Lawmakers said they want shoppers to have the freedom to sack their groceries in plastic if they want to do so. The sponsor of the bill in the Missouri Legislature is also the state director for the Missouri Grocer’s Association. Grocers have said they are against plastic bag bans because buying paper bags are more expensive. Environmentalists have been trying to get […]

  • Camp focuses on helping kids with ADHD

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A camp in Kansas City has focused its efforts on helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Children’s Mercy sponsors the camp and organizers said the amount of treatment the kids get in eight weeks at the camp is equal to seven years of traditional therapy. Organizers said they hope the model program will continue to grow because more than four-million kids have been diagnosed with ADHD. There are only a few camps scattered throughout in the nation, and parents […]

  • New approach helping Overland Park paramedics respond to emergencies faster

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A new approach to handling medical emergencies is helping Overland Park paramedics respond faster than ever. Squad 47 is based inside of a residential home, not a fire station. The new location at Indian Creek Parkway and Reeds Road has allowed the paramedics to shave almost 90 seconds from their response time and arrive before an ambulance in areas from Metcalf to Mission. “That could mean life or death in certain situations, ” EMS Chief Brad Cusick said. The […]

  • Construction set to begin on Interstate 35

    JOHNSON COUNTRY, Kan. — A major construction project begins Monday on Interstate 35. The Kansas Department of Transportation is replacing the pavement on Interstate 35 between Santa Fe and 151st Street in south Olathe. The construction is expected to impacted those who live and commute from southern Johnson County until December. The $15.7 million dollar project is expected to take nine months to complete. Crews will spend two weeks preparing for construction, then at the end of March, all southbound Interstate 35 […]

  • WyCo Sheriff’s Office hosts pancake breakfast to help deputy injured in shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money to help Deputy Scott Wood pay for his medical expenses. Deputy Wood was shot at least seven times during a robbery at a KCK 7-Eleven on March 4 and is recovering from critical injuries. The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office is still awaiting forensic evidence results, but believe those may be available as early as next week. Charges may be filed after the […]

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    Kansas State looking for win as Big 12 Championship tips off

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Expect a lot of visitors in the metro for the next few days. Some of the best athletes in the college ranks and their fans are in Kansas City for the beginning of the Big 12 men’s basketball championship. Wednesday’s action includes Kansas State against TCU at 6 p.m., followed by Texas taking on Texas Tech at 8 p.m. While organizers want fans to have a great time, the real focus is on the players. For […]

  • TSA Pre-Check, allowing passengers quicker airport screening, begins enrollment at KCI

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The next time you fly out of Kansas City International Airport, you can avoid lengthy TSA lines. Starting Monday and going through Friday, travelers can sign up for the TSA pre-enrollment program. The program allows you to have a quicker airport screening. Passengers will be able to keep their shoes, light jackets and belts on. They can also leave their laptops and acceptable liquids in carry-on bags at special airport screening lanes. Demand to enroll in […]

  • Kansas lawmakers look for better ways to fund public schools

    KANSAS, Kan. — Kansas lawmakers announced they are scrapping the current school funding formula and plan to find a different way to fund public schools. The goal of Kansas lawmakers is to get more money into the classroom and it appears local districts will see at least a small increase in funding over the next two years while lawmakers rewrite the school funding formula. The governor will not be cutting the $28 million dollars from school funding he threatened to take away last […]

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    Three arrested but unclear if they’re connected to critical shooting of WyCo. deputy

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A deputy is listed in critical condition after being shot multiple times early Wednesday morning by armed robbers. Police said that a Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy walked in to 7-Eleven off Shawnee Drive and  635 around 1 a.m. to get something after getting off work. The deputy was inside at the counter when three men walked into the convenience store. Police said they think these men were planning to rob the store and ended up shooting the off-duty deputy. It […]