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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
  • KC city leaders want to use scooter fees to finance affordable housing program

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Scooters could soon help families buy homes in Kansas City. City officials plan to discuss Thursday whether the money scooter companies pay the city should be put toward affordable housing. Scooter companies Bird and Lime pay the city one dollar a day for every scooter. They are each allowed to deploy up to 500 scooters total in Kansas City. If both companies have the maximum number of scooters, then Bird and Lime would give the city […]

  • Facebook and PayPal are matching your #GivingTuesday donations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you want to double your giving on this Giving Tuesday, Facebook and PayPal are matching your donations. The two companies have partnered up to match up to $7 million in donations that are made through various Facebook pages for charities. Click or tap the links below to donate to FOX4’s charities: Love Fund for Children Band of Angels Working for Blue This is the seventh year for Giving Tuesday, which always falls on the first […]

  • New parents will now get paid time off if working for state of Kansas

    TOPEKA, Kan. — New mothers and fathers who work for the state of Kansas are getting a new benefit: paid time off. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer Wednesday signed an executive order to give all state employees under his jurisdiction paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child. “I think this is an important initiative for all Kansans,” Gov. Colyer said. “It shows how important our children are to us and how much we value family here in […]

  • CBD oil is legal in Kansas and Missouri, but does it really work? A local mom & doctor weigh in

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s being touted as the new wonder drug – guaranteed to take away all your pain. It’s called CBD, short for cannabidiol, and it’s being sold everywhere in the metro. A quick Google search shows at least 16 stores in both Kansas and Missouri selling this oil. But does it work? “We did some research and decided we wanted to try it because nothing else was working,” Sugar Creek, Mo., mom Ceally Smith said. She said […]

  • New owners of Zona Rosa want county to pay $1 million owed on parking garages

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another retail shopping center is facing financial hardships – and now a lawsuit. Zona Rosa owes the bank $1 million, but the new owners say Platte County should pay off this debt that centers around parking garages. Eleven years ago, Platte County issued $32 million in revenue bonds to build two parking garages at the shopping center. A one-percent  sales tax was imposed on all items sold at Zona Rosa to pay off that debt. But Zona […]

  • KCP&L customers to see reduced rates starting in December

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you live in Missouri, your electric bill is about to go down. A ruling against KCP&L means customers will not have to spend as much on electricity each month–somewhere between $3 and $5 a month. It’s not much – about the cost of a cup of coffee – but it’s better than the alternative. In January, KCP&L filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission to raise electric rates by one percent, which meant customers would […]

  • Chubby’s closes its doors for the final time after 30 years in the metro

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the end of an era. After more than 30 years of feeding late night cravings in Kansas City, an iconic restaurant closed its doors Thursday morning. Chubby’s off 37th and Broadway closed its doors for good at 6 a.m. after remaining open for 24 hours straight so fans of the restaurant could enjoy one final meal. The man who owns Chubby’s, Tony Olson, also owns the Neighborhood Cafe, which is famous for its cinnamon rolls. […]

  • Love, loss and violence: KC artist and poet using gift to break cycle of violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local artist and poet are teaming up and using their talents to try to break the cycle of violence in Kansas City. And they’re finding inspiration in a woman who lost her son to gun violence. Rosilyn Temple founded the group Mothers in Charge after someone shot her son to death. “I thought it would never happen to me. But it did,” Temple said. “My son Antonio was murdered in 2011 on November the 23rd, […]

  • Local company surprises 93-year-old veteran with new roof

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A World War II vet living in Overland Park is getting the gift of a new roof. Shamrock Roofing recently started a program where four times a year, they replace a veteran’s roof for free. They take suggestions from the community and find those veterans in need of help. On Tuesday, they decided to surprise World War II Navy veteran Frank Giles. He’s 93 years old. During the war, he worked radar on the first ship […]

  • Safely dispose your unused prescriptions during National Drug Takeback Day

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Think about all the unused prescription drugs sitting in your medicine cabinet. You can get rid of them Saturday during the 16th National Drug Takeback Day. More than six million people right now are misusing prescription drugs, and according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Many addicts steal prescription pain killers from the medicine cabinets of loved ones – which is why it’s important for you […]

  • Union Station’s newest exhibit will play tricks on your mind

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new, local museum wants to mess with your mind. Called the Museum of Illusions, it is located inside Union Station and filled with dozens of mind tricks. This is only the second such museum in the United States – the other is in New York. In one room, visitors stand on one end and look like a giant while the person on the other end looks tiny. There are slanted floors and mirrors and moving […]

  • Historic building in Crossroads that once bottled beer reopens as boutique hotel

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A historic building in the Crossroads is getting new life as a former beer bottling facility has been transformed into a boutique hotel. The Crossroads Hotel sits at the corner of Central and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City. These two buildings are more than 100 years old and besides bottling beer, former crime boss Tom Pendergast used to have his office at the building. They now use his vault – where he would store money, guns […]