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
  • Fireworks likely caused fire that sent carport and apartment complex up in flames

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Flames consumed a large portion of an apartment complex and nearby vehicles on Kansas City’s southside early Tuesday morning. The three-alarm fire appears to have begun on the side of the Coach House Apartments around 3:30 a.m. Many neighbors said when they woke up, they saw the vehicles in the carport engulfed in flames. One neighbor tells FOX 4 she woke up to a popping sound and initially hid, thinking it was gunshots.  She says she then called […]

  • Free program invites female high school students to explore possible future careers in science and technology fields

    OLATHE, Kan. — Science and technology will continue play an important role in our future, and some young girls got a taste of some possible future careers Tuesday. For the third year in a row, Microsoft  brought their DigiGirlz program to the K-State Extension off College and K7 in Olathe. More than 160 girls from 20 different schools learned about such things as virtual reality and how it will play a part in future careers. “It’s been a really good […]

  • BBQ contest will benefit officers and firefighters

    SPRING HILL, Kan. — Bragging rights are at stake Friday night as some of the best chefs square off in a BBQ battle. It’s called Smoked and Sauced, and it benefits local police and fire departments. FOX 4’s Matt Stewart stopped by the competition taking place at The Bower in Spring Hill, Kan., off 169-Highway to see what the chefs were up to. While there Matt learned about a quicker way these chefs are smoking meat. Costs: $10/1-Day Pass $17/ […]

  • KU already looking ahead to Oregon, say they hope crowd will be just as loud

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KU is one win away from the Final Four, and Saturday night they will once again feed off the home crowd when they take on Oregon. KU players say the fans inside Sprint Center were as loud as they’ve ever heard them, and it should be the same Saturday night. “At times it was probably the loudest it’s been, and that’s what we need and that’s what we expected especially with so much on the line,” […]

  • Sweet 16 brings big money to metro

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Downtown Kansas City will be packed with Jayhawk fans Thursday night as KU battles Purdue in the Sweet 16. This is the first time in 22 years Kansas City has hosted an NCAA Men’s Regional. Tickets to the Sweet 16 sold out in December as many local Jayhawk fans expected KU to play here, and now they are. For those who don’t have a ticket, you can either fork over a couple hundred dollars on the […]

  • Careless smoking caused fire at Overland Park group residential home for people with disabilities

    OVERLAND, Kan. — Firefighters in Overland Park rescued two people from a burning house overnight, caused by careless smoking, according to the fire department. It happened at a group residential home for people with disabilities at 141st and Parkhill near 143rd and Pflumm. Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after midnight. When they arrived, they found four of the residents had made it out safely, but two of them were still trapped inside on the second floor. Firefighters rushed […]

  • Kansas lawmakers to discuss two competing proposals for a flat tax

    ROELAND PARK, Kan. — A new proposal could help solve the Kansas budget crisis. On Monday lawmakers will debate the merits of a flat tax, where all workers would pay the same income tax rate. Right now, Kansas has two tax brackets, but some lawmakers want to reduce that to one. As part of these flat tax talks, some lawmakers are also pushing for the elimination of sales tax on food. The House Committee on Taxation will discuss two competing […]

  • KC gears up for Big 12 Championship as thousands of college basketball fans arrive in metro

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tens of thousands of college basketball fans will crowd into downtown over the next four days for the Big 12 Championship. Many people from all over the Midwest are here to root for their teams. Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas – even West Virginia, all represented. And according to Power and Light folks, it’s like New Year’s Eve four days in a row. “It’s really all about re-creating the energy that you experience at a college basketball environment […]

  • Roads around Sprint Center will begin closing Monday as city prepares for Big 12 Championship

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are gearing up for the Big 12 Tournament, which begins later this week. Every March, the city shuts down the streets around the Sprint Center so that basketball fans from across the Midwest who come here to root for their team can stay safe as they walk around the Power and Light district. Monday at 10 a.m., they will shut down Grand street in front of the Sprint Center, along with 14th Street between Main […]

  • 18-mile trail coming to east side of KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Efforts are underway to build a new 18-mile walk-bike trail on the east side of the metro. The trail will begin at the Truman Sports Complex and head south through Raytown to Lee’s Summit, where it will connect to the Katy Trail. Once built, you’ll be able to ride your bike from here all the way across Missouri to the St. Louis Arch. It will run parallel to the old Rock Island Railroad tracks, which were […]

  • New state law requires local charter school to change its name

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Della Lamb charter school will now be called Kansas City International Academy. The change came from a new state law. Della Lamb had to separate its community center from the school to keep state funding more transparent. The school serves kids from 15 different countries, and school administrators say in today’s anti-immigration climate, they want to provide a safe place for the children of foreign families who move to Kansas City. “I think it makes […]

  • KS Supreme Court says minorities and low-income students have been affected most by lack of funding

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Schools on the Kansas side are about to get a lot more money. The State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Kansas has not funded schools the way they should and says the kids have suffered. School leaders say budget cuts over the past few years have forced them to let go of teachers, which in turn has increased class sizes. And because of that, many kids struggling in the classroom have not been getting the instruction […]