Matt Stewart is an award-winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in September 2012.
Matt knew he found his calling as a journalist in the 2nd Grade when he printed neighborhood newspapers using his mom’s typewriter. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism 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, http://www.MattStewartBooks.com.
As a life-long Royals and Chiefs fan, Matt always dreamed of working in Kansas City. He began his career as a traffic reporter/editor/photographer in Omaha, Neb, before moving on to anchor and report in Sioux City, Iowa; Kearney, Neb; Dayton, Ohio; and now Kansas City. Along the way, Matt has won several awards for his reporting including an Emmy nomination for Spot News. Highlights from his career include spending a week at Parris Island, S.C. while following young Marines during boot camp; travelling with the Kansas Jayhawks as they won the 2008 national championship; and reporting on the Kansas City Royals magical ride in 2015 when they won the World Series.
In his spare time, Matt emcees events for many charitable organizations including Kansas Children’s Service League, MOKAN Suicide Awareness Survivor Support, Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, and the Orphan Justice Center.
Matt lives in Lenexa with his wife, their three children and their chihuahua, Ruby.


Recent Articles
  • Zip Trip: 4 things you must stop in and see while visiting Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — If you find yourself in the second largest city in the state of Kansas, Overland Park, there are four places you must check out. Stop 1: Prairiefire Prairiefire is located off 135th and Nall Streets, this outdoor shopping mall is anchored by one of the most unique buildings in Overland Park: the Prairiefire Museum. It is the first building in American to feature dichroic glass, which is a light-bending material developed by NASA meant to protect […]

  • Kids can learn to fish and reel one in at Bass Pro and Cabela’s this weekend — for free

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kids can learn how to fish, and catch a fish all for free this weekend. It’s a Gone Fishin’ weekend at Bass Bro Shops and Cabela’s. Every store will have a catch and release pool along with poles and instructors to teach the kids how to fish. For many, it’s the first time they’ve ever picked up a pole, and organizers say it’s a great way to get these kids off their screens and outdoors to […]

  • Zip Trip: Four places you must check out when visiting Boonville

    BOONVILLE, Mo. — The small town of Boonville, Missouri, sits an hour-and-a-half drive east of Kansas City, right along the Missouri River. It was founded back in 1810 by Hannah Cole, who settled there with her nine children after Native Americans killed her husband. “We are one of the only towns in the area established by a female pioneer,” President of the Boonville Chamber of Commerce Laura Wax said. The town was named after Daniel Boone, the famous frontiersman. Two […]

  • Nelson-Atkins Museum opens nine-hole mini golf course this weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The wait is over for miniature golf at Nelson-Atkins Museum. The nine-hole mini golf course opens Friday on the lawn next to the shuttlecocks. Each hole was inspired by a work of art. Tee times are available every 10 minutes. You can purchase your tickets in advance to ensure that tee times are available. Adults are $14. Members get in for just $11. Kids from 4-12 can play for just $9. The course will remain open […]

  • Zip Trip: Four places you have to stop at during a trip to Weston

    WESTON, Mo. — If you are looking for a fun day trip in the Kansas City area to take with your family, look no further than Weston, Missouri. This historic town dates back to Lewis and Clark, who came through the area in 1804. Weston used to be the final town many pioneers would stop in to gather supplies before heading out into the country “West-On”. It’s thrived all these years to become a fun bed-and-breakfast community with unique bars, […]

  • 14-year-old boy dead after shooting in Northland off of North Oak

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 14-year-old boy is dead after a shooting in the Northland just north of I-29 and east of 169-Highway. Police said the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. near Northeast 50th Terrace  and North Oak. Kansas City police said on Tuesday afternoon that the shooting wasn’t intentional, and the result of two juveniles playing with the gun while other family members were sleeping. A shot was fired and the teenager died after being struck in the head. […]

  • Ultimate Mother’s Day gift: Local woman donates kidney to mom to save her life

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s the ultimate Mother’s Day gift — Tuesday morning a local woman will give one of her kidneys to her mother to save her life. The two chose University of Kansas Health System to perform the procedure. Doctors told Debbie Harker that she will immediately feel better once they transplant her daughter Casey Flory’s kidney, which was a perfect match, into her body.  “It’s incredible that she is able to do that for me,” Harker said. “I […]

  • Questions remain over who should pay for Zona Rosa parking garage

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  • Westport security screenings return Friday with more metal detectors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Changes are coming to Westport, and it’s all in an effort to make it easier to get into the entertainment district during the late-night hours. They’re doubling the number of metal detectors and adding two more security checkpoints. The new checkpoints will be on either side of the Westport Alley off Mill Street – one behind Qdoba, the other in front of Johnny Kaw’s Yard Bar. Above is a map of the six total checkpoints – […]

  • Wrong-way driver kills 26-year-old man from Independence in NB lanes of I-435 at 87th Street

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police confirmed to FOX4 that a 26-year-old man is dead following a crash along I-435 at 87th Street early Monday morning. Sgt. Bill Mahoney said around 1:40 a.m. a driver of a Cadillac Escalade was heading south in the northbound lanes of I-435 when they hit the 26-year-old man driving a Ford Fusion in the northbound lanes. The driver of the Ford Fusion died at the scene. The wrong-way driver, a woman, was taken […]

  • Dog making kids smile for years at local Ronald McDonald House is retiring

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the past eight years he gave love and compassion to thousands of families experiencing heartache, now the director of love and compassion for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City is retiring. The Ronald McDonald House adopted Mr. Bean from Wayside Waifs back in 2001. Since then, he has lived at the house and offered hugs and kisses to families who were staying as their kids battled life threatening medical emergencies at Children’s Mercy. Mr. […]

  • NourishKC says if they don’t raise needed funds soon, they may have to shut their doors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local charity says bad accounting by a former employee could now force them to shut down. NourishKC officials say this employee didn’t take any money for personal gain – he simply moved it around to make it look as if this soup kitchen had more money than it really did. That caused them to overspend – and now, if they don’t get help from the community, they might have to shut their doors. “There may […]

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