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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    Wonderscope plans to build a brand new state-of-the-art museum in south Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A popular children’s museum in Shawnee is moving to the Missouri side. Wonderscope plans to build a brand new state-of-the-art museum in south Kansas City near Red Bridge and Holmes in the Red Bridge Shopping Center. But before they can do that, they need to raise more than $12-million to pay for it, and they are kicking off their capital campaign Tuesday morning. Wonderscope is teaming up with the Mid-Continent Public Library to share a building. The New […]

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    Linwood YMCA reopens after spending $10.5-million on upgrades

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A newly renovated community center is reopening Monday with one main goal, helping local families become healthier. The Linwood YMCA raised more than $10-million to renovate the old building, which was more than 40 years old. This new YMCA has a pool enclosed in glass, so kids can swim all year round and not just in the summer months. It also has a retractable roof. They refurbished the gymnasium, expanded the weight room, and added a […]

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    Worlds of Fun hosting job fair at Union Station, hope to hire 1,200 workers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you are looking for summer work, a local amusement park is now hiring. Worlds of Fun plans to hire more than 1,200 during a job fair Saturday, Feb. 18. The job fair runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Union Station. Starting wages range from $8 to $10. You have to be at least 14 years old to apply, and it’s not just teens and college students who can work here. Teachers on summer break […]

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    Death investigation underway after woman and dog found dead near 9th and Brighton Avenue

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A death investigation is underway after a woman and a dog were found dead following a fire on Kansas City’s Northeast side Wednesday morning. Around 5:45 a.m. firefighters were called to a shed near Brighton and Hardesty. As firefighters put out the flames, they found a woman’s body inside. Bomb and arson crews are on the scene investigating. A neighbor tells Fox 4 his sister converted the back of the shed into a bedroom and slept there Tuesday night with a female […]

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    Kansas Senate proposes tax hikes in process to balance budget, avoid cutting from state programs

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas lawmakers will soon debate a new proposal that includes a hefty hike to what you already pay in income taxes in an effort to balance the budget. The bill in effect would repeal the tax cuts lawmakers enacted five years ago. But by restoring the top tax bracket, many Kansas residents would end up paying hundreds of dollars more each year in income taxes. This proposal would affect any individual making more than $35,000 a year and any married […]

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    Olathe Northwest H.S. students host biggest high school blood drive in Kansas

    OLATHE, Kan. — Students at one metro high school hosted a student blood drive Tuesday for students who were at least 16 years old and had parent permission. Around 200 students at Olathe Northwest took time from class to give blood, and for many it was the first time they’ve ever donated. To get more students involved, the blood drive was promoted it as a couples event for Valentine’s Day. The idea was to get boyfriends and girlfriends to donate together. Students […]

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    One dog dead, two cats missing, three families homeless after fire at Gardner apartment complex

    GARDNER, Kan. — Three families were forced out into the cold Tuesday morning when fire destroyed their Gardner, Kan., apartments. Residents at the complex near Moonlight and Old 56-Highway tell Fox 4 they woke up to the sounds of popping around 1:45 a.m. The heat from the fire was so intense, it began breaking windows. Resident say they saw their kitchens on fire and quickly woke up their families to get them out to safety. Firefighters say 12 people escaped unharmed, while a dog and […]

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    After years of fundraising, hard work Buck O’Neil Education Center nears completion

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After nearly 15 years of fundraising and hard work, the first floor of the Buck O’Neil Education Center is nearly complete. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum owns the old YMCA Building at 18th and Paseo, where the Negro Leagues first formed 97 years ago.  Recently, they’ve spent more than $4-million to preserve that history. With the construction, the first floor gym is now an event space they can rent out to help pay the bills. They will […]

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    Blue Valley High School families pray for a miracle for football/ track coach on life support

    STILWELL, Kan. — A Blue Valley High School football and track coach is in the hospital Monday on life support after he collapsed at a local restaurant Sunday night. Kari Driskell posted on Facebook early Monday that her husband, Eric, sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm Sunday while eating with fellow coaches and talking football. An assistant coach tells Fox 4 Coach Eric Driskell went out to eat with some other coaches Sunday and around 4 p.m. he collapsed at the restaurant. […]

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    Stars of “The Phantom of the Opera” speak highly of each other as they look ahead to KC shows

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “The Phantom of the Opera” is playing in Kansas City from Feb. 8-19, and for just the third time ever it features an African-American in the role of the Phantom. FOX 4’s Matt Stewart caught up with Derrick Davis, who plays the phantom, and Katie Travis, who plays Christine. The two only had kind words to speak of each other. Katie, who has played in the show with other phantoms, says Derrick brings an incredible strength to […]

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    Pushback from proposal to cut millions of dollars from education sends Kansas lawmakers back the the drawing board

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s back to the drawing board for Kansas lawmakers after they felt pushback from a proposal to cut millions of dollars from education. State senators are now scrambling to find another way to balance a $350-million budget deficit. Many of the state Senators were elected because they are pro-education, and when they saw the millions of dollars their school districts would lose, they argued against it. Unable to get enough votes to pass this bill, Republican […]

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    New exhibit at the Museum at Prairiefire is all about the biggest dinosaurs

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The largest animals to ever walk the planet are in the metro for the next few months. The new exhibit at the Museum at Prairiefire is all about sauropods – the biggest dinosaurs. Paleontologists use technology and modeling to examine their bones and learn how they lived. For instance, they were so big they probably could not bend their legs. And when they ate, instead of chewing, they just raked leaves and grass into their mouth. […]