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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
  • 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 […]

  • Local house with replica Allen Fieldhouse inside goes up for sale

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — A piece of Allen Fieldhouse – along with an indoor KU Jayhawk basketball court – is up for sale. The property previously listed at $2.39 million is selling without reserve to the highest bidder. A homeowner in Parkville custom- built this court in the basement of his home off Ridge Road and Tom Watson Drive at the National Golf Club. He’s a huge KU fan and wanted his kids to play basketball inside. He’s also hosted charity […]

  • Kansas schools get more money for security upgrades, none to arm teachers

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Some local schools are about to get safer. The Kansas Department of Education Monday handed out a total of $5 million  to 155 school districts across the state. Districts must match the state funding, and it must be used to boost security at schools. Local districts receiving money include: Blue Valley, $415,800; Kansas City, Kan., $223,500; Lawrence, $168,500; Olathe, $155,300; and DeSoto, $133,600. Several other Kansas City area districts such as Turner, Leavenworth and Spring Hill also received money but […]

  • Backyard dangers: Tips to keep kids safe around swimming pools

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the hot summer months, kids love to swim, but without parent supervision there`s a chance a child could drown. FOX4’s Matt Stewart spoke with some experts in the field for tips on keeping your kids safe from this backyard danger. Experts say pool covers help but watch out – if a kid falls in under the cover, it`s hard for them to get out. They also suggest putting a life vest on children under five, and always […]

  • Backyard dangers: Tips to prevent tragic lawn mower accidents

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the most dangerous things you can do in your backyard is something you probably do every week – mow. More than 80,000 people go to the emergency room each year with lawn mower injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. In the video player above, FOX4’s Matt Stewart speaks with experts in the industry for tips on how to avoid this backyard danger. Doctors say someone should be at least 16 years old before using […]

  • Making up snow days could soon be a thing of the past for Missouri schools

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Delaying summer vacation because your kids have to make up snow days can be annoying for many families, but extending the school year could soon come to an end in Missouri. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson recently signed into law Senate Bill 743, and it changes the way Missouri public schools track school days. For decades, Missouri school districts have been required to schedule 174 instructional days every year. If school is canceled due to a snow […]

  • Police: KC gas station employee shot, killed during robbery

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police want to know who shot and killed a worker at a gas station early Monday morning. The shooting happened before 4 a.m. during a robbery at the Inner City Oil Station at 59th Street and Swope Parkway. Police say a customer walked into the gas station just after 4 a.m. and found the only worker dead on the floor inside. Police say the gas station attendant had been shot during a robbery of the business. […]

  • Backyard dangers: Tips to keep kids safe while jumping on trampoline

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are a lot of things in your backyard that can hurt you or your kids — so FOX4 is taking a closer look at what you can do to keep your whole family safe. In the video player above, FOX4’s Matt Stewart chats with the experts for their tips to make trampolines safer for your family. Doctor`s also suggest letting just one person at a time jump inside a bounce house or on a trampoline. […]

  • If 2019 budget is approved, WyCo. residents could pay fewer property taxes

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — As housing prices continue to rise, so does the amount of money you pay in property taxes. But one county is getting ready to once again cut taxes. If the Unified Government approves the proposed 2019 budget, Wyandotte County could save about $20 per year in property taxes. The county administrator wants to cut property taxes by five percent next year, which would be the third straight year Wyandotte County lawmakers have cut them. During the […]

  • Construction begins on new $193 million Johnson County courthouse

    OLATHE, Kan. — Out with the old, in with the new. Construction workers are beginning to build a $193 million dollar courthouse at the corner E. Santa Fe Street and N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe, right across the street from the current Johnson County courthouse. “It is really long overdue,” said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. “The building that we currently have is having monthly problems as I speak. This facility will be able to serve the people at Johnson […]