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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.


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    Watch: FOX 4’s Matt Stewart checks skydiving off bucket list

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Matt Stewart recently got the opportunity to check off one of the items on his bucket list. Matt visited Falcon Skydiving in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife to go skydiving as part of FOX 4’s All Access Summer Adventures series. Matt said the best thing about skydiving is that you don’t even have to have any experience to do it. All you have to do is show up and be brave enough to do […]

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    Parents of young girl killed by stray bullet join police to warn of dangers of celebratory gunfire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police officers will hit the streets Thursday to warn residents of the dangers of shooting off guns on the Fourth of July, and they’ll have a special guest with them. Five years ago, a stray bullet on the Fourth of July took the life of a young girl. Her parents will be with police as they knock on doors up and down the Troost corridor, encouraging residents to keep their guns locked up this […]

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    New development underway where Indian Springs Mall once stood

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An old mall has been torn down, and now a new development is ready to spring up. Indian Springs Mall, which opened in the early 70s and thrived through the 80s, but quieted down in the 90s. Then it sat abandoned for more than a decade. Earlier this year crews finally began the process of  tearing it down, and now it’s an empty lot. “It’s so blighted it’s time to go,” Kansas City, Kan., mayor Mark Holland said. “You […]

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    Guns N’ Roses plays at Arrowhead for first time in 24 years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sonic stylings of hard rock will ring through Arrowhead Wednesday night when Guns N’ Roses takes the stage. The popular band is playing Kansas City for the first time in 24 years. You can expect a lot of screaming, both on the stage when Axl Rose sings and in the stands as fans cheer the band on. With all the drama behind the scenes over the years involving this lead singer and his bandmates, no one […]

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    As deadline looms, Kan., lawmakers prepare to debate new funding proposal and possibly vote Friday

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The school funding issue in Kansas could be solved as early as Friday.  Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are expected to debate and possibly vote on a new plan to fund schools. The new bill would cut every school district’s operating budget by half a percent. That money would help lawmakers scrape together the $38-million they need to give to poorer schools and satisfy the courts to keep schools open. Under the proposed plan, Blue Valley would […]

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    Blue Valley parents, students travel to Topeka with hopes lawmakers don’t take funding away from JoCo schools

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Kansas lawmakers will begin a special session Thursday morning to fix school funding. The Kansas Supreme Court has warned lawmakers if they don’t fix it by next Thursday, it will shut down schools across Kansas. If lawmakers can find $38-million more dollars to give to the poorer school districts in Kansas, they believe the Court will not shut down schools. In February, the State Supreme Court ruled that poorer school districts were not getting enough money. So lawmakers passed […]

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    South Overland Park on its way to a new hockey arena

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Plans to build a hockey arena in south Overland Park are pushing forward after the city council approved the project Monday night. Now developers are appealing to the state to help finance it. The development of the land at 159th and Antioch is already well underway, with houses, apartments, retail, and a hospital all either already built or in the process of being built. Those who live there have mixed views on whether a hockey arena […]

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    Olathe Applebee’s employee says he was robbed, attacked while closing restaurant

    OLATHE, Kan. — Olathe police are investigating Wednesday after a restaurant employee says two men robbed him as he was closing up the restaurant. Police say some time before 4 a.m., two men confronted the employee outside of the Applebee’s off of K-7 near the former Great Mall of the Great Plains. According to police, the suspects showed a gun to the employee and forced him back inside where they robbed him of money, hit him on the head and […]

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    Grandview city officials to vote on $43-million in tax incentives for developers of new soccer complex

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. —  Tuesday night Grandview city officials will decide whether to approve financing to build a one-of-a-kind soccer complex. If approved the city will not just put in soccer fields. They also plan to build hotels, apartments, homes, restaurants and retail stores. It would be a one-stop shop for families who come in for soccer tournaments. The idea is that they won’t have to leave because everything they need is right in one place. “People from all around the Midwest, the region, […]

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    KCK library places Little Free Library boxes at five metro bus stops to encourage reading

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A local library is taking a unique approach to getting people to read this summer by getting books to those who ride the bus. A lot of neighborhoods throughout the metro have installed boxes, and they keep them filled with books so people can grab one for free anytime they want. The KCK Public Library is now taking the idea to the next level by becoming the only library in the metro to put them at […]

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    New research shows chemical in some sunscreens could cause skin allergies, thyroid issues and even cancer

    MISSION, Kan. — On these hot, sunny days, many will seek relief at the neighborhood pool, but some researchers are warning that a chemical in some sunscreens could be harmful. The chemical is called Oxybenzone, and new research shows the chemical could cause skin allergies, thyroid issues and even cancer. Sunscreen makers have been using it in their products since the 1980s. Oxybenzone absorbs UV rays so putting it in sunscreen protects your skin from sunburn and long-term sun damage, but […]

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    100 newly designed manholes installed all over Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Newly designed manhole covers are taking Kansas City by storm. Water Services just installed 100 of them throughout the city, and they carry an environmentally friendly message. The new design is meant to remind those walking around to stop putting trash down the storm drains because many of them lead to rivers, streams and creeks. Earlier this week, Kansas City Water Services installed the final two new storm drain covers in a neighborhood at 74th and Lydia. The new […]