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.

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    Ahead of National Championships, ice skating pros share tips with young KC hopefuls

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The best skaters in the country will compete in the National Championships at the Sprint Center later this week, but on Monday they shared their passion and skills with some young ice skaters. More than 200 people came out to Crown Center for a free ice skating lesson. They taught the kids – and some adults – how to stay balanced on ice skates and how to fall without hurting themselves. It’s all a part of the […]

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    KC firefighters respond to house fire, find two people on the roof and one person sleeping inside

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three people rescued from their home Friday morning as it filled with flames and smoke are expected to be okay. Kansas City firefighters were dispatched to the home near 39th and Wyoming around 4:45 a.m. Fire officials say when they arrived, they saw a woman and a man on the roof of the house, screaming for help. They also found one other person inside sleeping. Firefighters say they did not hear any working smoke detectors when they entered the home. A […]

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    Historic Mission movie theater reopens as event space

    MISSION, Kan. — A historic movie theater in Mission is being given new life. The new owners of the Mission Theatre at 5909 Johnson Drive in Mission, Kan., are Kip and Kris Unruh. They have gutted the inside of the building to transform this former theater into a wedding event space. The building first opened in 1938 by Glen Wood Dickinson, founder of the Dickinson Theatre chain. It was the first all-concrete movie theater in the area meant to withstand […]

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    Independence homeowner shoots suspect who tried to break into his truck

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A man accused of trying to break into a truck is in the hospital Thursday morning after the truck’s owner shot him. Independence police say around 4:30 a.m. at least two people drove up to a truck parked on the side of Hawthorne Street off Blue Ridge Boulevard. As one of the suspects tried to break into it, police say the homeowner heard what was going on and came outside with a gun. Police say the homeowner […]

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    Study says Nutella can cause cancer, Nutella fights back against claim

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you love Nutella, brace yourself. A new report says an ingredient in the chocolate spread could cause cancer. The controversy centers around palm oil, which is a very important ingredient in Nutella, and Ferrero, the company that makes this chocolate spread, says using a different type of oil would lead to a less quality product. Last year, the European Food Safety Authority announced that palm oil is more likely than other oils to cause cancer […]

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    Historic downtown hotel undergoing multi-million dollar renovations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A historic hotel in downtown Kansas City is undergoing a major renovation. The owner of the Hilton President Hotel on 13th and Baltimore is spending more than $5 million to modernize the building. Every room is getting new furniture, new carpet, and new paint, plus they are being updated to handle the technology customers bring with them. But at the same time, they are preserving some of the historic parts of this 90-year-old hotel. “The rooms, […]

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    Gov. Brownback challenges Kansas universities to offer four-year degree for under $15,000

    OLATHE, Kan. — As the costs of college continue to rise, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is issuing a challenge to universities to offer a four year degree for under $15,000. Governor Brownback recently cut funding to the state’s university system, causing colleges to raise tuition and fees to cover their losses and balance their budgets. Here’s a look at what it costs to attend some of the state’s schools: A four-year degree at KU, just tuition and fees, will cost […]

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    World’s largest stained glass window under construction at Leawood church

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The largest stained glass window in the world is being built in Leawood. The congregation at Church of the Resurrection off 137th and Roe raised several million dollars to build the window that will be the centerpiece of their new $70-million sanctuary. There are more than 160 panes of glass being fused in California and then shipped to Leawood to be put together like a puzzle. The window depicts biblical scenes from Genesis to Revelations, and it’s […]

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    Man and woman safely escape after Raytown home catches on fire

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A husband and wife escaped out into the cold early Monday morning after a fire started in their garage. Raytown and Kansas City firefighters both arrived on the scene near Englewood Avenue and East 69th Street around 5 a.m. and heard an explosion in the garage. They think it might have happened when the fire burned up an aerosol can. The home owner told firefighters he woke up around 4:30 a.m. and walked out to the garage […]

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    Shawnee Mission elementary students welcome upgrades as they check out their new school

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some elementary students in the Shawnee Mission School District will be going to back to school Thursday in brand new buildings. Over the past year and a half crews constructed the new Trailwood Elementary at 95th and Roe next to the current building, which was built back in the 1950s. The new building cost the district around $15-million to build. It’s part of a $223-million bond issue passed by voters two years ago. The new school is […]

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    Links to MoDot and KDot road conditions

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Crews on both sides of the state line have been out working since Wednesday to clear roads around Kansas City. Meg Ralph with the City of Overland Park says snow plow drivers started around 7:30 p.m. pretreating roads and around 2 a.m. Thursday they began plowing. Check out MoDot road conditions here Check out KDot road conditions here Live look at roads around the metro Check out the Kansas City, Mo., snow plow map

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    Hours after initial explosion, fire at Grandview lawn care company still smoldering

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will be in Grandview Wednesday to investigate an explosion that busted out the windows of nearby apartments and homes and engulfed a business in flames, but until then crews will continue to monitor the fire that is still smoldering. It was just before 7 p.m. Tuesday when someone driving by JW Lawn Service near 140th Street and I-49 noticed smoke drifting across the highway. When firefighters arrived, they were told that the […]