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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
  • National Museum of Toys and Miniatures set to reopen after multi-million dollar facelift

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After an $8 million facelift, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is set to reopen August 1 st. The museum was closed for nearly a year and a half while renovations took place.

  • National Geographic calls this one of the top 100 American Adventures - three and a half days in a kayak floating down the Missouri River.
It's called the MR340 - because they will be paddling for 340 river miles - from Kansas City to St. Charles.

    Hundreds of paddlers set out on 340-mile canoe trip down Missouri River

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — More than 600 paddlers departed from Kaw Point Tuesday morning. The boaters will partake in an 88-hour canoe trip down the Missouri River. It’s called the MR340 because they will be paddling for 340 river miles from Kansas City to St. Charles. National Geographic calls this one of the top 100 American Adventures. There will be nine checkpoints along the route for paddlers to stop and gather supplies. More than 600 paddlers departed from Kaw Point and set […]

  • Johnson County homeowners could soon see increased property taxes

    OLATHE, Kan. — Johnson County homeowners might soon have to pay higher property taxes. The public will have a chance Monday tonight to speak out on the proposed tax hike, which is the first in nearly a decade. Johnson County Commissioners have already given first round approval on this. The money raised would be used to improve the quality of life and pay to renovate the county library system, upkeep area parks and improve public transportation. If the tax increase […]

  • Nature exploration and family fun in KC area this summer

    Throughout the month of July, we’re working for you with fun outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy. On Wednesday, FOX 4’s Matt Stewart went to Independence to explore George Owens Nature Park,  1601 S Speck Road.  

  • KC leaders to set aside millions to build convention center hotel

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wednesday afternoon Kansas City officials will vote to approve plans for a new 800-room convention hotel in downtown Kansas City. But a few hours after that, a college professor who believes this project will fail will speak out about it at the Kansas City library.   So far, the city has moved forward on this $300-million hotel project with very little opposition but Wednesday night, a professor from the University of Texas – San Antonio will fire a […]

  • Minimum wage debate

    KC City Council to vote on whether to increase minimum wage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City City Council will vote Thursday on whether to raise the minimum wage by a dollar an hour and continue raising it for the next six years. Supporters have been camped outside City Hall throughout the past week, holding a fast as they protested for $15 an hour. If the proposal is passed, the minimum wage would go up a dollar next month. Then beginning in January of 2017, the minimum wage would increase one dollar a year until […]

  • Lakeside Nature Center

    Lakeside Nature Center works to rehab injured animals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — During the doldrums of summer, it’s good to get out with the family and experience the beauty of nature. One nature center in Kansas City is also home to one of the largest animal rehabilitation center in the state of Missouri.

  • TIGER grants in jeopardy as lawmakers prepare to vote on new transportation bill

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bus service. Bike paths. Walking trails. These things improve quality of life, but they are expensive to build and maintain. A federal grant program that helps pay for them is about to end, and it could have an effect on future projects in Kansas City. They’re called TIGER grants, and Kansas City recently received one worth $20 million to help pay for the streetcar project. A few years ago Kansas City received $50 million dollars to improve […]

  • Kansas State Board of Education to vote on proposal to hire unlicensed teachers

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Blue Valley and KCK School Districts might soon be able to hire teachers who are not licensed. The Kansas State Board of Education will vote on the proposal Tuesday as a way to help fill a growing number of teacher vacancies. If it passes, KCK and Blue Valley could begin hiring professionals in other fields to teach at their schools. For instance, they could hire a journalist to teach journalism classes or an accountant to […]

  • Thousands expected for La Raza Convention

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of Hispanic leaders from across the country are coming to Kansas City Friday. Over the next five days they will attend attend a conference sponsored by the National Council of La Raza at Bartle Hall, this national group intends to promote the positive aspects of the Latino culture while providing valuable resources to Hispanic leaders. Some of the conference is open to the public. There will be free health screenings and a family expo. It  is […]

  • Free fun for the family

    Get moving and learn a little while touring Westport Historical Society

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you like free things and like learning about history the Westport Walking Tour might be a perfect summer activity for you. Along the tour you can find out what life was like before technology took over by looking at toys and trying on outfits.    

  • Alex Gordon was injured during Wednesday's night game.

    Fans anxiously wait to hear extent of Alex Gordon’s injury

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals beat Tampa Bay Wednesday night 9-to-7, but they lost one of their most valuable players in the process. Alex Gordon went down with a scary injury while trying to make a great catch. It was the top of the fourth and Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe hits a drive to left field,  Gordon gives chase and just misses it. As he reaches for the ball, Gordon comes down awkwardly. He then falls to the ground. A few minutes […]