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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    Woman says sun’s glare was so bright she didn’t see the man in the crosswalk before she struck and seriously injured him

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pedestrian is being treated for life-threatening injuries after police say a vehicle hit them Monday morning near 63rd and Brookside Plaza. Police say the incident took place around 7:23 a.m. Police say a woman was driving east on 63rd Street just past Brookside Boulevard when a 70-year-old man was crossing the street in the crosswalk. According to police, the sun was rising at the same times and its rays were so bright the driver didn’t see […]

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    FBI urges parents to download Child ID app and says updates make it easier to use

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a child is kidnapped, every second counts, which why the FBI is urging parents to download their newly updated Child ID App. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that hundreds of thousands of children go missing every year. Not all of them are kidnapped, many are runaways, but if your child vanishes, you’ll want to get an updated photo and information on your child to police right away. That’s where the Child ID App comes […]

  • Two men are in custody following a deadly robbery and standoff in Independence, Mo., early Friday morning.

    Man shot during robbery dies while police search for suspects, sparking homicide investigation

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A three hour standoff is over, and two men accused of shooting and killing a man at a Walgreens parking lot are in custody, It all started at midnight in the parking lot of Walgreens at 23rd and Sterling. Police say two suspects robbed the victim at gunpoint and then shot him. Police say the store was closed at the time. It is not clear if the suspects and victim knew each other, but after the shooting the suspects […]

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    Dogs rescued from floods in Louisiana looking for homes in Kansas City

    MERRIAM, Kan. — A group of furry, lovable dogs arrived in Kansas City from the Bayou on Thursday. They were rescued from the flooding in Baton Rouge and now need a good home. Great Plains SPCA took in a total of 28 new dogs from Louisiana, but the challenge is how to take care of them when the shelter is already full. The shelter also says they need funds to help provide food and care for the dogs. Thanks to a small group […]

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    Kansas lawmaker suggests cutting funds from programs for gifted students to help struggling students

    TOPEKA, Kan.  — Kansas Supreme Court justices have briefly considered whether the state could pay for a suitable education for every child by shifting funds out of programs for gifted students. The court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by four school districts. Justice Dan Biles suggested during the arguments that the court might have to target its order to helping underachieving students. KCK is one of four districts that sued the state, claiming lawmakers are not […]

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    Nelson Atkins Museum displays only 5 percent of its collection due to space constraints

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Nelson Atkins Museum is looking to expand, and they will meet Wednesday evening to discuss specifics on how to do that. The museum says the number one priority is creating more office space because its staff has grown over the past five years and they are crammed together in makeshift offices on the third floor. Museum officials tell FOX 4 they want to move the staff into a couple of houses the museum owns across the street […]

  • Cross country bike ride raises money for cancer

    Group of researchers bike coast to coast to raise money for cancer research

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group of researchers are in the middle of a cross-country bike ride to raise money for cancer research, and before they hit the road Tuesday morning, they stopped by Kauffman Stadium. The bicyclists left the Oregon Coast a couple of weeks ago and plan to finish in New Jersey by the end of September. Those participating in the ride are not professional bicyclists. They are men and women who make a living doing cancer research, some of […]

  • A fire destroyed a historic KCMO home early Monday morning.

    Historic KC home destroyed in blaze

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Flames consumed a historic Kansas City, Mo., home in the old northeast that was undergoing renovations early Monday  morning. Around 5:15 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a historic four-story home near Norledge and N. Indiana. The home sits across from the Kansas City Museum. The home, which was built in the 1888, was vacant at the time of the fire. A neighbor tells FOX 4 he first noticed flames and smoke coming from the top turret […]

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    Fire causes significant damage to KCK home near 24th and Parallel Parkway

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An investigation is underway into what sparked an early morning house fire in Kansas City, Kan., Monday. Those who live at 24th and Parallel Parkway called 911 when they woke up to a heavy smell of smoke sometime before 4 a.m. Firefighters say the house appears to have been undergoing renovations. Firefighters were able to get the flames out quickly, but there is considerable damage to both the basement and first floor. No one was inside at the time.

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    KC residents invited to express whether they think the Streetcar should expand through Midtown to UMKC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first step in Streetcar expansion involves extending the rails from Union Station through Midtown to UMKC, and the city is hosting a hearing on Thursday to feedback on whether they should pursue this expansion plan. The hearing is a chance for residents to tell a judge exactly what they think about extending the streetcar line another 3.7 miles down Main Street. Because the number of people using the downtown streetcar since it opened back in May continues to […]

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    Mo. lawmakers decide whether to allow citizens to carry guns without permit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gun rights take center stage Wednesday as Missouri lawmakers decide whether to allow citizens to carry a gun without getting a permit first. Supporters say it will make it easier to protect your family while those against it argue it will put more lives in danger. The mayor, the sheriff, the prosecutor are all against the bill. They believe allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit or any training is a bad idea, and they want […]

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    Johnson County’s developmental support program provides a way for retirees to give back to community

    LENEXA, Kan. — There are many workers in Johnson County who assist people with special needs, and their care is helping those with different disabilities thrive. Johnson County Developmental Support assists nearly 500 adults with developmental disabilities.  Of those individuals, 200 came together on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to put together kits that will go out to a laboratory  in the community. This is one of the many projects those individuals are also getting paid to complete. Matt Stewart takes you inside the retirement center to […]