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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
  • Local artist’s creation draws attention to thousands of lives lost in WWI

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local artist using her talent to bring attention to the cost of the Great War, spoke with FOX4 Tuesday about the inspiration behind her creation. Ada Koch created 117 poppies and is putting them right out in front of the museum near the reflecting pool. In the video player above, Koch walks FOX4 through the process of creating this exhibit. Every poppy represents 1,000 American lives killed during World War I. The poppies will be at the […]

  • Final stage of counting Kansas GOP primary votes continues, Kobach leads by 206 votes

    WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas county election officials are set to continue reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Tuesday as the two candidates in the state’s tight GOP primary for governor dig in for a long battle. On Monday, more than two-thirds of the state’s counties reviewed provisional ballots, which are given at the polls to voters when their eligibility is in question. How to handle such ballots emerged on the first day of canvassing as the most contentious issue in the […]

  • Final stage of counting Kansas GOP primary votes to begin

    TOPEKA, Kan. — County election officials across Kansas will begin deciding which provisional ballots from last week’s primary election will count toward the final official vote totals, with the possibility that they could create a new leader in the hotly contested Republican race for governor. Secretary of State Kris Kobach led Gov. Jeff Colyer by a mere 110 votes out of more than 313,000 cast as of Friday evening . That was after late mail-in ballots were added to totals from absentee […]

  • Kansas City restaurant owners escape overnight house fire in Parkville

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Two buildings burned and two firefighters were hurt, one family was lucky to have gotten out of their burning home in Parkville on Friday morning. Gary and Cristina Worden own Piropos Restaurant and live in a 108-year-old house on Main Street in Parkville.  Around 2 a.m., they awoke to a crackling sound and found their detached garage/guest house on fire. They were able to get out and called 911. Firefighters had some challenges putting it out. The […]

  • Thanks to feedback from residents, Lenexa has vibrant vision for its future

    LENEXA, Kan. — They take a hands-on approach in Lenexa. Called Vision 2040, dozens of volunteers are canvassing neighborhoods, going to parades and other events, asking citizens what they want Lenexa to look like 20 years from now. “We need some more microbreweries, restaurant-type things to draw more crowds here maybe for the evening hours,” Lenexa resident Beverly Silvers said. “Schools for the new subdivisions that are moving out west,” Tom VanCompernolle suggested. “Local shops that are locally owned. I`d […]

  • Kansas City’s Harley-Davidson plant begins shutdown process

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The end is near for the Harley Davidson motorcycle plant in Kansas City north. Many workers there will be working their final shifts Thursday and Friday. Two of three shifts at the plant along Congress just south of I-435 will clock out for the final time. Around 180 workers total will say goodbye to a factory that has operated the past twenty years. The actual plant is not expected to completely close until next year. One […]

  • The future of MoviePass could be in jeopardy

    OLATHE, Kan. — MoviePass is on life support. Helios and Matheson, the parent company of the popular movie subscription service, said that it had a service outage on Thursday because it couldn’t afford to pay for movie tickets. The company borrowed $5 million in cash Friday to pay its merchant and fulfillment processors, according to a regulatory filing. Helios and Matheson missed a payment to one of its fulfillment processors, and that contractor temporarily refused to process payments for MoviePass. […]

  • Lee’s Summit & Independence drivers should expect delays when I-470 bridge work begins

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Rainy weather delayed preparations for a major road project over the weekend, but road crews will soon be shutting down lanes in a busy part of the metro, causing backups of more than an hour. This is the end of a project that started last fall: 15 bridges on Interstate 470 from the Three Trails Crossing to Interstate 70 all being rehabbed. It’s already caused countless headaches for drivers who use this artery to get to home […]

  • Backyard dangers: Tips to keep grilling fun and safe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Kansas City is a city that loves to barbeque, but grills are a backyard danger that can cause serious injuries. FOX4’s Matt Stewart spoke with some experts in the field for tips to keep the hazards associated with a grill at a minimum. Experts say grills can also cause house fires. According to FEMA, grills are to blame in about 5,700 house fires a year – causing on average 100 injuries and 10 deaths. Also, kids can […]

  • History of the duck boats

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Duck boats have been used for tours for many years – but there is a history of deadly accidents that come with it. Over the past two decades, at least three dozen people have been killed in duck boat accidents. They were originally designed in 1942 and first used in World War II because of their ability to drive on land and sea. They were called DUKW boats, and the acronym from GMC stood for D: Designed in […]

  • Backyard dangers: How to stay safe around dogs, and keep your own dog safe outside

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it comes to backyard dangers, pets can pose a threat to young kids, and backyards can even pose a threat to your dog. FOX4’s Matt Stewart spoke with some experts in the field for tips on keeping your kid safe from the neighborhood dog and how you can keep your dog safe from the hot, summer sun. Experts say if you have a dog, put up a fence so they can`t get out – and kids […]

  • Driver’s license bureaus in Mission and Olathe will now be open on Mondays

    OLATHE, Kan. — Frustrations are boiling over for those trying to get a driver’s license in Johnson County. But due to complaints of long lines and long wait times, state officials are now adding an extra day. Beginning next week, the Driver’s License Bureau in Mission and Olathe will now be open on Mondays from 7 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. In the past, they’ve been closed on Mondays. There are several reasons it’s been so slow. Many teenagers out of […]