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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, http://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
  • Independence home where shooting occurred Sept. 3

    Son of Independence homeowners shot when 3 gunmen break into home

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police are investigating a shooting Thursday morning at a home just north of 23rd Street and Scott. According to FOX 4’s Matt Stewart at the scene, three men forced their way into the home, awakening the homeowner. He went out to the main room where the gunmen confronted him and demanded money. “At one point two suspects approached him with a gun and they were demanding money and whatever else they could get. At one point his […]

  • 2015 KC homicide stats

    Kansas City is one of 35 cities seeing a spike in homicide rates

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The number of murders nationwide is rising and the increase includes Kansas City, but police officials are unsure as to why. According to the New York Times, homicide rates are the highest in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Baltimore.  All three cities saw riots over the past year after a white officer killed a black suspect. Milwaukee’s homicide rate is up 76 percent from last year,  St. Louis is up 60 percent and Baltimore is up 56 percent. Kansas […]

  • Man killed at Denver and St. John.

    Sister finds her brother shot, killed on porch in Northeast KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 19-year-old man was shot and killed on his porch early Tuesday morning and police are looking for witnesses, as well as the gunman. Police say the man’s sister was inside the house at St. John and Denver Ave., when she heard gunshots. She went outside and saw her brother bleeding. The sister told police she saw a man across the street at Budd Park. At this time, the man is not a suspect, but police […]

  • 6451 E Frontage Rd, Merriam, KS‎

    Man robbed after answering knock on door at Merriam hotel room

    MERRIAM, Kan. — A 45-year-old man staying at an hotel near I-35 and Shawnee Mission Parkway in Merriam was robbed overnight after a knock at his hotel room door. The Extended Stay America hotel guest answered the door at about 4 a.m. He says it was a female acquaintance, so the man opened the door. When he did, several men ran in behind her and overpowered him. They tied him up and stole cash and construction-related electronic equipment. The victim was […]

  • Building known as "King Louie's"

    Public invited to presentation on transition from King Louie to Arts & Heritage Ctr.

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The public is invited to a series of presentations on the future of the former building known as King Louie’s bowling alley. In March,  the Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved plans 4-3 for the former King Louie bowling alley and ice skating rink, 8788 Metcalf. In 2011, Johnson County purchased the structure for three million dollars, as a replacement home for the Johnson County Museum, but it has been empty ever since. After its refurbished, the 79,000 square […]

  • New SMSD headquarters

    SMSD breaks ground on two more new buildings

    SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. — Hard hats and heavy machinery will be seen throughout the Shawnee Mission School District in the coming months as the district builds five new school buildings along with a new headquarters. Groundbreaking for two of the new buildings is planned for Thursday morning. One of the many new additions includes a new administrative building, which will also be known as the Center for Academic Achievement. Crews will tear down the old Antioch Middle School, which the district shut […]

  • A study from the New England Journal of Medicine published earlier this year showed that infants who ate peanut butter, peanut soup and finely ground peanuts in yogurt before they turned one year old actually reduced their risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent.

    New study says feeding infants peanut products could help reduce allergy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A national pediatrician group recently released a recommendation that says children who are at a high risk of developing peanut allergies, should consume food containing peanuts before they turn one. The American Academy of Pediatrics says exposure to peanuts at infancy will help children build a tolerance to them. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine published earlier this year showed that infants who ate peanut butter, peanut soup and finely ground peanuts in yogurt before they turned one […]

  • A new paint can crusher was unveiled in Johnson County.

    New paint can crusher unveiled in Johnson County

    MISSION, Kan. — The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will hold a ribbon cutting for its new Household Hazardous Waste site on Tuesday. The ribbon cutting will take place at 9 a.m. at the recycling center, which is near I-35 and Lamar in Mission, Kansas. The machine cost $10,000, but Johnson County received a grant to pay for 60 percent of the cost. The recycling center plans to make back the money by selling crushed cans to recyclers. […]

  • Those who own stock or put part of their paycheck into a retirement fund lost money on Monday and experts says it could be awhile before investors get their money back.

    Investors say the stock market drop is making them uncomfortable

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Financial markets around the world continue to tumble Tuesday morning, as panicked investors continue to sell following the stock market crash in China. Those who own stock or put part of their paycheck into a retirement fund lost money on Monday and experts says it could be awhile before they get that money back. Financial experts urge investors to stay the course because they believe the markets will rebound. “If you are already in retirement, you’re looking at your funds shrinking a […]

  • College freshman born in 1997 never knew a world without the Internet.

    Things college freshmen born in ’97 never knew while growing up

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a lot of thing college freshman born in 1997 never knew while growing up, which seemed to blow away the FOX 4 Morning Show crew.  For example, the Internet has always been around as well as Google, and they’ve never had to lick a stamp. Watch the video above to see Nick, Kim and Matt’s hilarious disbelief and walk down memory lane.

  • Kansas extraordinary need request

    Kansas schools plan to appeal for more state funding

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Cash-strapped school districts will appeal to Kansas lawmakers Monday morning for more state funding. Local superintendents who’ve recently cut millions of dollars from their budgets say they desperately need the money. KCK is one of a handful of local school districts asking for money from the state’s extraordinary need fund. State funding for schools is frozen right now while lawmakers re-work the funding formula, but districts adding new students such as KCK can appeal for more […]

  • The Chiefs prepare for the preseason home opener.

    Guide to the 2015 Chiefs preseason home opener

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a lot of excitement about the 2015 Chiefs season, especially after the team looked so good winning their first preseason game, but if you plan to head out to the first preseason home game there are a few things you might want to note. The game against the NFC Champs, the Seattle Seahawks, kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday. Starters are expected to play the entire first half and possibly some of the third quarter. […]