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
  • One-of-a-kind photo is most expensive purchased by Nelson Atkins, could be on display soon

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The most expensive photograph ever purchased by the Nelson Atkins Museum could soon be on display for all to see. Curators recently spent more than $320,000 to buy a one-of-a-kind photo taken in the 1850’s. The daguerreotype features the earliest known picture of slaves. If you take a close look, you can see a line of slaves in the back of the picture carrying baskets of cotton on their heads. This photo came from the Gentry […]

  • State board of education wants to give Missouri teachers a raise

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — State educators say that Missouri teachers are underpaid, and they want to do something about it. While it’s difficult to determine exactly what school districts are paying teachers, GlassDoor, which collects salary information, says Kansas City educators are making anywhere from $32,000 to $55,000 a year, well below the national average. The National Education Association ranks Missouri at 43rd in the nation with an average teacher pay of $49,304 a year. Kansas is not a lot […]

  • Incredible Pizza poised to replace PowerPlay entertainment center in Shawnee

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Family fun is the name of the game for one business moving to Shawnee, and it’s filling the space of a similar company that recently went out of business. Incredible Pizza is hoping to be successful in the space that PowerPlay vacated. The former business has a very similar concept and operated for fifteen years near Pflumm and Shawnee Mission Parkway, but shut its doors for good in September. Now, Incredible Pizza is investing $4 million to […]

  • Man dead, explosions reported in Kansas City house fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Firefighters are at the scene of a house fire where one death has been reported so far. There were also reported explosions on Friday morning in the 5600 block of Hardesty where the fire was called in at about 6:15 a.m. The victim is a man in his 60’s and his adult nephew lived in the house as well. The nephew woke up to smell of smoke and couldn’t get to his uncle. He was a […]

  • Road crews planning to fill potholes on I-435 in Johnson County

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — Potholes are starting to appear on area streets, and a stretch of I-435 is so bad that a FOX4 viewer said they saw rough roads causing damage to a number of drivers’ cars on Wednesday night. Highway crews announced on Thursday morning that they will be out on I-435 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to fix the potholes between 95th Street and the Kansas River. This will cause various lane closures in both directions, be […]

  • Affäre shares how to make Christmas cookies like they did in Medieval Europe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Everyone loves Christmas cookies, but did you know you can trace its origins back to Medieval Europe? FOX4’s Matt Stewart visited German restaurant Affare at 19th and Main to show off what these original Christmas cookies looked like. Executive chef and owner Chef Martin Heuser  is a certified master chef trained in Europe. His family owns of the most beloved restaurants in Bonn, Germany. It dates back eight generations, and it is housed in a 14th-century […]

  • Driver hits and kills dog, seriously injures pedestrian near 123rd and Blue Valley Parkway

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — One person is fighting for their life after a vehicle struck them as they were walking their dog in Overland Park Thursday morning, police said. The dog died upon impact, according to Officer John Lacy. The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. near West 123rd Street and Blue Valley Parkway. This is near the Target and Costco. Police said the driver had a green light and was heading north when they hit the man and his dog […]

  • Everything is free: Pop up store in Lenexa ready for low-income families to shop this Christmas

    LENEXA, Kan. — A pop up store for low-income families opens up Wednesday, and everything inside it is free. For more than 40 years, the Johnson County Christmas Bureau has given away free clothes, coats, food, books and toys to families in need. This year, they intend to help more than 12,000 people. They spend the whole year collecting donations, and this year they have set up shop in the former Best Buy store at 119th and Strang Line in […]

  • One person arrested after allegedly making threat aimed at Blue Valley Northwest High School

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Students, staff and parents will notice additional police at one local school Monday after officers arrested a person who allegedly threatened violence against the school. The principal at Blue Valley Northwest High School sent the following email to parents Sunday night: “Husky families, earlier this evening we learned there was a threat of violence against our school community. We immediately notified local authorities to determine the credibility of the threat. We were informed tonight by police […]

  • Injuries reported after crash involving school bus near N. 49th Terrace and North Chouteau

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are investigating a crash involving a school bus Thursday morning. The crash happened near Northeast 49th Terrace and North Chouteau around 7 a.m. According to witnesses on the scene, everyone on the school bus was fine, but at least two of the people in a red car involved in the crash were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The driver of the white vehicle told FOX4 the school bus was […]

  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver criticizes ‘Save the Paseo’ group’s silent protest in church

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri is criticizing the tactics of a group that led a successful campaign to remove Martin Luther King’s name from a Kansas City street. During an appearance Sunday on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton,” Cleaver was particularly upset that some “Save the Paseo” members staged a silent protest during a rally at Paseo Baptist Church the Sunday before last week’s election , which restored the name of the street to The Paseo. Besides […]

  • Teen fighting for their life after roll over crash on their way to school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A teenager is fighting for their life after a roll over crash early Thursday morning. The crash happened before 7 a.m. near 42nd and Prospect. First responders said the driver and another teenager in  the car were on their way to high school. Investigators believe the teens hit black ice and rolled over because there is no evidence that they hit anything else.

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