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.

Recent Articles
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    Do donuts differently at Donutology in Westport

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Donuts are arguably the best tasting breakfast out there, but people have different preferences when it comes to toppings. A new donut shop in Westport, Donutology, aims to do donuts different by allowing customers create their own. Watch the video above for a look inside the new shop and a quick history lesson on how the sweet treat got its name. “People are very passionate about their donuts, especially early in the morning,” owner Andrew Camerson said. “And […]

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    KC City Council reviews proposal for new three-story apartment complex near 46th and Summit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For years, developers and Midtown residents have been fighting for control over what to build on the Plaza. Many plans have failed, But it now appears neighbors are giving their support to build apartments. The architects spent months talking to neighbors, getting their thoughts on what they wanted out of a new apartment building on this corner of 46th and Summit. The developers out of Leawood addressed their concerns on height and traffic congestion, and now […]

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    After boy dies from abscess tooth, local dentist and other ‘smile teams’ try to replace pain with smiles

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 300 inner city kids now have brighter smiles thanks to the kindness of local dentists. On Tuesday, Arrowhead Stadium hosted a free dental clinic, with more than 100 dentists offering their skills to do checkups and fill cavities. Ten years ago, Dr. Bill Busch started the clinic when he saw a news report on a 12-year-old boy who died from an abscessed tooth. His parents couldn’t afford to take him to the dentist and […]

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    “5 to Drive” safety campaign wants parents to talk to teens about safe driving

    OLATHE, Kan. — Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and this week, police and school officials are encouraging parents to talk to their kids about safe driving. The campaign, which will be promoted at Olathe South High School, is called Five to Drive, and it focuses on the five things your teen should remember every time they get in a car. 5 To Drive For Teens 1) Don’t Drink and Drive 2) Buckle Up 3) Eyes on […]

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    FOX 4 takes you behind the scenes of Halloween Haunt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  During the fall, Worlds of Fun transforms their park into a haunted house haven. On Friday, Oct. 14, FOX 4’s Matt Stewart went behind the scenes to learn more on what goes into the transformation. Darren Hinesley is a member of the creative services team who created the Halloween Haunt, and he tells FOX 4 there’s a lot of fine detail that goes into each haunted house to help park-goers feel like their in another world. Watch the […]

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    A look inside the local center that allows you to research your ancestors for free

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Have you ever wondered where you came from? Now you can find out for free. The largest free-standing public ancestry research center in the nation is in Independence. FOX 4’s Matt Stewart takes you inside to show you how it works in the videos above.   Midwest Genealogy Center 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road Independence, Mo.

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    Free neighborhood event aims to get prescription drugs off streets, prevent accidental shootings

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Usually when you hear the words guns and drugs, it’s a part of a crime story, but on Thursday morning there will be an event focused on those two things meant to prevent crime. COMBAT,  the Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax, is paying for the event, and the goal of the day is to get prescription drugs off the streets and give gun owners locks to prevent accidental shootings. There will be an incinerator on site called the Drug Terminator, which will […]

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    One dead, one in hospital and two on the run following shooting at Blue Springs apartment complex

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — An early morning shooting at a Blue Springs apartment complex Wednesday ended with one man dead, one man in the hospital and two suspects on the run. Police say around 12:30 a.m., residents of an apartment complex near Southwest 9th and Meadowridge called 911 after hearing a barrage of gunfire. Responding officers found a 45-year-old Hispanic male dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Police have not yet released the victim’s name or whether he lived in one of […]

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    Driver crashes through brick wall into KCK cell phone store, causes significant damage

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Repairs are underway at a local cell phone store, after a driver steered his car through the store’s back wall early Tuesday morning. The owner of the store tells FOX 4 around 1:45 a.m., the driver was heading west on Parallel Parkway when he lost control and crashed through the wall of the Metro PCS store that sits on Parallel Parkway in a median, where the road splits near 47th Street. The owner tells FOX 4 the driver went over […]

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    Garage sale honoring life of 3-year-old has become massive fundraiser for brain tumor research

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A massive garage sale began Thursday in Overland Park in honor of a three-year-old girl who passed away from a brain tumor. Allie Fisher died four years ago and as her parents grieved, a neighbor came forward with an idea to help. The idea was a garage sale with all the proceeds benefiting the Children’s Brain Tumor Project, to fund research for a cure. It started small but this year, it’s being held at Valley View United Methodist […]

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    Overland Park Recycling Extravaganza encourages people to think twice before putting items in trash

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The city of Overland Park is hosting an event called Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Black and Veatch. The extravaganza offers an opportunity to recycle more materials than ever before. The event runs from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m., and people can bring documents, clothing, appliances, bicycles, light bulbs, fabric, garden tools, shoes, eyeglasses, musical instruments, and more. Click here to learn more.

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    12th and Walnut intersection closed due to part of Andrews McMeel building collapsing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A busy intersection in downtown Kansas City is closed Wednesday morning after parts of a well-known building fell overnight. Crews closed down the intersection at 12th and Walnut and put up barricades so they can clean up the mess that occurred when part of the Andrews McMeel building collapsed. There’s no word right now on why parts of the building’s façade crumbled to the ground, but officials say the 107-year-old building was being renovated and it did storm pretty hard last night. The […]