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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
  • Final day to vote the Royals into the All-Star Game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Voting for the All-Star Game starting line-up ends Thursday, which means it’s also your last chance to vote Royals into the game. Five Royals are still set to start but that could all change, so fans are encouraged to keep voting. All the national attention the Royals received when they had eight players in the starting line-up has caused a reversal of fortunes. Fans from other teams are now stuffing the ballot box with votes for players […]

  • Police concerned rain and water main break in Mission could cause low-level flooding

    MISSION, Kan. — Crews in Johnson County are working to fix a large water main break in front of the Bank of America branch in Mission. Mission police said they received a call around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday about a possible water main break on 60th Street between Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue.  When they arrived on the scene, they said they noticed a small amount of water so they decided to check an apartment complex in the area for flooding. Police […]

  • Man found dead on KCMO sidewalk

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police are investigating Kansas City’s latest homicide that happened Monday night. Around 9:45 p.m. officers were called to the 1800 block of E. 76th Terrace where they discovered a man’s body on the sidewalk. Medical personnel arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The victim is identified as 45-year-old Kevin Deardorff of KCMO. At first detectives called this a suspicious death but during the course of the investigation, they changed it to a homicide. This […]

  • Body pulled from Missouri River in Sugar Creek

    SUGAR CREEK, Mo. — Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed that they pulled a body from the Missouri River Tuesday morning near LaBenite Park just east of Mo. 291. Police said that they initially received a call Tuesday around 6 a.m. that a person had fallen into the river. Rescue crews responded and spent a portion of the morning searching up and down the river as they tried to determine  where the person fell in and where they could be. Then around 8 a.m. […]

  • I-435 at I-35 reopens after weekend closure

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — A major intersection in Johnson County is expected to reopen in time for the Monday morning rush hour. Crews closed down I-435 at I-35 all weekend long to set new bridge girders. The road closure caused some headaches for drivers who had to take detours to get around it. The intersection is one of the busiest in the state. More than 230,000 vehicles pass through the interchange everyday. The accident rate is also higher than the state average, and […]

  • Child advocates warn of dangers associated with laundry detergent pods

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Each week, hundreds of kids across the nation get hurt by laundry detergent pods. The outer shells of the pods are designed to dissolve in water and make doing laundry easier, but the function makes them hazardous to children. Because the pods come in different colors they can easily be mistaken as candy. Then due to the pods’ ability to easily dissolve, many young kids have gotten sick when they put them in their mouth. Besides swallowing it, some […]

  • KC man, 97, participates in urban garden program

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Winston worked in the fields at a slave camp in Mississippi as a young boy. He is now 97-years old and  grows food in an ‘urban garden’ in Kansas City. Even though it’s horrific he worked at a slave camp as a young boy, he has great memories of working on the land and growing crops, which is why he enjoys urban gardening. He says he’s growing broccoli, beets, onions, carrots and tomatoes. “For one thing, I […]

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    Truman Presidential Library closed for mechanical repairs

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Officials at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence say the library has closed because of air conditioning problems. Susan K. Donius, the library’s acting director, says the air conditioning has been shut down because of broken pipe lines. She says the library will be closed until the system is repaired. Donius said in a news release Tuesday that library staff members are monitoring all artifact and archival materials storage areas to ensure […]

  • KCMO police investigate altercation that left one man dead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is dead after an early morning altercation at an apartment complex Tuesday. When police were initially called around 12:30 a.m., the caller said the victim had been stabbed.  When EMS crews arrived on the scene they found the man on the grass bleeding, so paramedics rushed him to the hospital, where he later died. Officers on the scene say they’re not sure if the man was stabbed or shot. Crime scene investigators were on the scene to gather […]

  • Can you crack the code and breakout?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new game in downtown Kansas City has people using their instincts to solve riddles and crack codes. Breakout KC is a live action escape game that gives participants 60 minutes to find clues and decode messages in order to breakout of the room in which they are trapped. FOX 4’s Matt Stewart went inside one the newest rooms to learn how the game works. To learn more about Breakout KC click here.  

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    Metro hospitals participate in mass casualty drill

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hospitals across the metro took part in a mass casualty drill Thursday morning to get their staff prepared should an actual disaster take place in Kansas City. The MidAmerica Regional Council organized the citywide event. The group spent months planning Thursday’s scenario, which they kept top-secret until 9 a.m. The group said they keep the scenario a secret because they want to use the element of surprise to test the staffs at every hospital. The scenario tested hospital employees to see how […]

  • Kansas Senate passes bill to raise taxes; now onto Governor Brownback

    TOPEKA, Kan. —  Kansas legislators approved a plan Friday afternoon that raises taxes in order to erase the deficit and avoid deep spending cuts. The Senate voted 21-19 Friday to approve a bill raising the sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6.15 percent. The House passed it 63-45 early Friday morning, and it goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The tax plan aimed at closing Kansas’ budget shortfall faced an uncertain vote in the Senate. Republican Sen. Steve Abrams from Arkansas City […]