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
  • See it before it’s gone: Crown Center’s free Clifford exhibit closes Sunday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This is your last week to take the kids to see a big red dog. The Clifford exhibit has been at Crown Center since June, but after Sunday it will head to another city for other kids to enjoy. It’s interactive and it’s free for families. Norman Bridwell created Clifford in the 1960s. With more than 180 books and countless TV show episodes under his belt, this lovable 25-foot tall dog has been entertaining generations of […]

  • You can get your hands on Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia this weekend

    PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — History is for sale as some items once belonging to infamous couple Bonnie and Clyde are now up for auction. A shotgun and watch once owned by Clyde along with a book of poems written by Bonnie are a few of the things for sale. The couple are well known in the metro for getting into an intense shootout with police at a Platte County cabin located near KCI. Family members kept many mementos of the […]

  • KC Artist Coalition moves to new space where artists can create, hold showcases

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Local artists have a new home where they can work and show their art. The Kansas City Artists Coalition opened up a new headquarters at Linwood and Gillham in Kansas City. They moved from the River Market, where they’d been for more than 30 years. More than 400 local artists are involved in this organization. This new space in a neighborhood filled with aspiring artists gives them a place to showcase their creations. They can collaborate, […]

  • In fight against football head injuries, Lee’s Summit Tigers use high-tech helmets to track hits

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A local high school is utilizing helmet sensors to measure the impact their players take to the head. Lee’s Summit High School tested out a handful of these sensors two years ago, and loved them so much, they decided to buy more than 70 of them for this season. Helmet maker Riddell installs them inside the helmet, and each one is connected to a handheld monitor. Trainers carry the monitors with them to practices and games, […]

  • Wayside Waifs breaks ground on new $8 million training and behavioral facilities

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wayside Waifs broke ground on a major construction project Thursday morning. The animal shelter off Martha Truman Drive in south Kansas City is spending $8 million to build two new facilities on campus. One is a training facility where they can host camps for kids and dog owners can bring their pets for training. The other is a behavioral center. It’s the second of its kind in the US, where trainers will work with dogs that […]

  • Zip Trip: FOX4 takes a trip to quaint, picturesque Jamesport, Missouri

    JAMESPORT, Mo. — For this week’s Zip Trip, FOX4 is taking you from Kansas City to Jamesport, Missouri. It is truly a one-of-a-kind town where you can immerse yourself in a unique culture centered around the simple life. With a population near 500, this quaint, picturesque town is located 80 miles northeast of Kansas City. All of the Amish businesses are located outside of town while everyone else is situated in town. Jamesport is home to the state’s largest Amish […]

  • New ‘Wizard of Oz’ display in Overland Park features hundreds of pieces of memorabilia

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Eighty years ago this month, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ opened in theaters. And you can get a closer look at the movie’s impact at a new exhibit. There are more than 200 different types of Wizard of Oz memorabilia on display at the Johnson County Museum. The children’s book was first written by Frank L. Baum in 1900 and later became a stage show before becoming a movie. Everything on display comes from the collection of […]

  • Zip Trip: Make sure you stop to see these 4 places the next time you’re in Lawrence

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Our FOX4 Zip Trip this week takes us to the home of the University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas. This college town started out as a rebellion, of sorts. Back in 1854, a group of New Englanders started the town specifically to endorse their anti-slavery beliefs. The Kansas-Nebraska Act meant residents would decide whether Kansas should allow slaves or not, so many abolitionists – including Amos Lawrence, whom the town is named after – moved to the […]

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    Missouri governor signs law pushing back school start date

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday signed a bill that will give some Missouri school children an extra week out of school in August next year. The new law pushes back the earliest possible start date for public schools by an extra four days, from the current 10 days before the first Monday in September to 14 days before then. The change doesn’t take effect until the fall 2020 school year, so calendars for this year […]

  • J. Rieger & Co. opens new distillery in East Bottoms that you can tour and taste test products

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local distillery is investing in the future of a historic neighborhood by renovating an old beer building. Rieger and Company will open up its new space this Friday. They renovated the old Hiem Brewing facility off Guinotte and Chestnut in the Electric Park area. Guests will not only get to see how they make whiskey, gin and vodka, but they will also be able to taste test the product. They can eat and drink at […]

  • Early morning Northland crash kills man, injures others on 169 Highway

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.–  Kansas City police are investigating a deadly crash in the Northland that killed a man on Monday morning. Police said the driver of a silver Ford Fusion was headed north on 169 Highway and went off left side of road, onto the soft median, and flipped over near the Barry Road exit just before 4 a.m. Monday morning. All five people inside the vehicle were thrown out. the Southbound lanes were closed, but FOX4’s Matt Stewart reports […]

  • Zip Trip: Four places you must see when visiting Excelsior Springs

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — For our Zip Trip to Excelsior Springs, Missouri, we are highlighting four things you must do when you visit. Stop 1: The Elms First of all, you must stay more than one day as the highlight of the town is The Elms. This beautiful hotel and spa was originally built back in the 1888. “People were drawn here for the healing waters,” said Kara Harrington, the Director of Sales for the Elms Hotel and Spa. “They […]

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