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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
  • Child poverty on slow, steady rise

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A rising number of children are living in poverty as the cost of living continues to rise and many parents work for low wages. Over the past six years, the number of children living in poverty has slowly increased. Just last week, we told you how a staggering 50 percent of all children in Kansas are receiving free or reduced lunches. And poverty experts say there are no signs this trend will slow down anytime soon. […]

  • Car burglars strike again at Overland Park hotels

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police are investigating after several cars were broken into at the Holiday Inn located in the 8700 block of Reeder in Overland Park, Kan. Police said around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday someone burglarized six cars, breaking windows and stealing valuables. Police do not have a suspect description but said a silver SUV, possibly a KIA, may be involved. Earlier in August more than 40 cars were broken into at Overland Park hotels. Several piles of broken glass […]

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    KC SuperStar finals to pay tribute to Reat Underwood, teen killed in Jewish Community Center shooting

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some of the best high school singers in the metro will compete for a ten-thousand dollar scholarship this weekend in the KC SuperStar Finals. This year’s event will honor a teen competitor killed in the Jewish Community Center shooting. It was in this parking lot this past April when 14-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandpa, William Corporon, arrived to try out for KC SuperStar when a gunmen killed both of them in an apparent hate crime. […]

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    Firefighters, police treat boy with cancer to special day

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The Lee’s Summit Police and Fire Departments came together Thursday to give a young boy with cancer a special treat. “I’m going to ride on a fire truck,” two-year-old Brayden Williams said. Williams is battling a brain tumor. Doctors diagnosed him on his first birthday. After going through chemotherapy once, doctors recently discovered the tumor is still growing. He will undergo treatment for the next 50 weeks. Wanting to enjoy each moment with their son, Brayden’s […]

  • Another peaceful demonstration in support of Michael Brown planned for Friday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rallies in support of Michael Brown took place in cities all across the country Thursday night, including in KC at the Country Club Plaza. Another gathering for a peaceful demonstration is planned for Friday night downtown. Protesters are coming together to not only mourn the loss of a young life, but to cry for an end to police brutality. Besides holding signs and chanting in unity, they are also signing a petition to make real change […]

  • Shawnee Mission School District goes digital

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Tuesday was the first day of school for thousands of kids in the Shawnee Mission School District, and this year, the schools are going digital. And as part of this new learning initiative, many students will be getting their own iPads. While tablets will be available at every school, they will be given to every student at ten differs elementary schools in the district, including Ray Marsh near 55th and Rosehill in Shawnee. The students at the […]

  • “Consumer Reports Worst Ranked” airline coming to KCI

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Spirit Airlines will begin operations out of Kansas City International Airport Thursday afternoon with nonstop flights to five cities: Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas.  Known for its cheap airfares, customers who fly Spirit are asked to sacrifice comfort for savings. “We put two inches less than other airlines in seat room so we can put more seats on the plane,” said Paul Berry, spokesman for Spirit Airlines.   “It’s the car pool effect.  When more […]

  • Two hour standoff in KCMO after man fires gun, runs into house

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A suspected gunman surrendered to police early Wednesday morning after a precautionary standoff. Police said that at about midnight, a man pulled out a gun during a dispute between neighbors at 34th and Park. After shooting at the neighbor, the man then ran into a house. Unsure if the person was still armed, and uncertain about the other people inside the house, police surrounded the house for an “Operation 100.”  As the tactical team was setting up, […]

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    There’s no such thing as over-packing when the Chiefs load up trucks for training camp

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Early Tuesday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs loaded up trucks with all their equipment and supplies necessary for training camp in St. Joseph. The massive load includes 1,700 pairs of shoes, 1,000 towels, and 400 footballs. There are also gloves and tights and shoulder pads and helmets, and on and on the list goes. “We individually pack every players’ locker,” said Allen Wright, Chiefs Equipment Manager. “We do that because when players get involved things get […]

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    Mo. lawmakers push to arm teachers with guns

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Teachers in Missouri will not be allowed to carry guns in schools — at least for now. But lawmakers are pushing to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto. The law passed with overwhelming support from lawmakers, and it would’ve allowed school districts to designate a teacher as a school protection officer — to get special training to carry a concealed weapon. But Gov. Nixon did not like the idea of teachers carrying guns in schools. In explaining […]

  • Russell Stover to be sold to Swiss company

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s premier chocolate company is about to be sold. Russell Stover is in talks with Swiss chocolate maker Lindt. Russell Stover is headquartered in Kansas City and employs around 4,500 people. It’s too early to tell what a sale to Swiss confectioner Lindt would mean for Russell Stover – though the name would most likely stay the same. That’s because it has brand recognition. Russell Stover sells more chocolates in the U.S. than any other […]

  • Lenexa installing streetlights unlike most others

    LENEXA, Kan. — Work is underway at 87th Street and Renner Road in Lenexa, Kan., to install a massive steel truss over the intersection.  Streetlights will hang from the $1.2 million dollar beam, and Lenexa officials say the artistic structure is meant to impress drivers who enter the new Lenexa City Center. “Traditional traffic lights are everywhere around the world,” said Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm.  “The truss allows us to make a statement that you are somewhere special.” Lenexa is investing millions of dollars in City Center.   Several […]