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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
  • Wonderscope Children’s Museum hopes to open new $15 million facility in south KC by late 2019

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A world class children’s museum is about to be built in Kansas City and on Thursday, they revealed what it will look like. Wonderscope Children’s Museum currently sits inside a 60-year-old elementary school in Shawnee. They hope to soon move into a brand new building at the Red Bridge Shopping Center in south Kansas City. It will have nine new large exhibits for the kids to interact, play and learn – as well as an outdoor […]

  • 18th and Vine supporters want $10 million for next phase in redevelopment of historic district

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Phase one is done, and now it’s time to look ahead to what’s next for 18th and Vine. That’s the message city leaders shared during a public announcement Wednesday at the Jay McShann Pavilion at 17th and Vine Streets in Kansas City, Mo. “We can’t forget about the history on which we stand on,” Third District City Councilman Jermaine Reed said.  “Over the last year, we have made incredible strides, and we’ve witnessed momentum here at 18th […]

  • Meet the local crossing guard who has spent 50 years helping kids stay safe while walking to school

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Thousands of kids across the metro ditched the cars and buses Wednesday and walked to school. In Independence, the William Chrisman High School cheerleaders, football player and marching band escorted elementary school kids and their parents. So did police to make sure they all stayed safe. They thanked one woman whose been a crossing guard for 50-years, showering her with gifts and thanks for keeping these kids safe. “I’ve enjoyed it, I enjoy the kids, enjoy the […]

  • Kansas City firefighters battle massive mulch fire at Missouri Organic Recycling

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A large fire at a mulch yard shut down parts of 40 Highway near I-435 early Thursday morning at the Missouri Organic Recycling center. Smoke and flames could be seen for miles, but no injuries were reported. Fire crews worked throughout the day to keep it contained and extinguished the majority of the area affected. Officials believe a pile of brush spontaneously combusted, causing the flames to erupt. They said they’ll need a few days to […]

  • Push from local leaders to do away with liquor permits in KC causes controversy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City leaders will discuss Wednesday morning whether bartenders should be allowed to serve alcohol without first getting a liquor permit. There is concern abolishing this requirement could leave many vulnerable to becoming victims of sex crimes. It’s not just bartenders – waiters, cashiers, sales clerks – anyone who serves alcohol in Kansas City must first go through a background check then pay $39 for a three-year permit. There is currently a push from the liquor […]

  • Former Jackson County executive will spend more than 2 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former County Executive Mike Sanders was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years probation Wednesday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud related to inappropriate use of campaign donations. Sanders read the following statement to the judge Wednesday: “It is with much humility and true regret that I leave the court today. I blame no one else for the mistakes I have made and accept full personal responsibility for the inappropriate use of the campaign committees and their funds. […]

  • Local female fast food workers walk off the job in protest of sexual harassment

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The #MeToo movement has arrived at McDonald’s. McDonald’s workers in Kansas City joined a nationwide strike Tuesday protesting sexual harassment within the fast food chain. A handful of local women’s groups – and politicians –  gathered at 64th and Troost around noon, to join those who walked off the job. Those organizing this strike, as they called it, say this is the first-time women have walked off the job to protest sexual harassment since 1912, when […]

  • Group traveling from Oregon stops in KC on bike ride to raise money for cancer research

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 100 researchers are bicycling across the country to raise money for cancer research. Employees of Bristol-Meyers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company out of Long Island, met outside Arrowhead Stadium around 6:30 a.m. Monday. The group began their trek earlier this month in Oregon – and are cycling more than 3,000 miles total. The goal is to raise more than $1 million. Those funds are important as local researchers at the KU Cancer Center work on […]

  • Video: Rain doesn’t stop Chiefs fans from getting flags, celebrating Red Friday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Chiefs tradition continued across Kansas City Friday. For the fifth year in a row, McDonald’s across the metro sold thousands of Chiefs Kingdom Flags for $5 each. They then donate all the money raised to the Ronald McDonald House, which helps families with children staying in the hospital for an extended period of time. These families can sleep and eat there for free while their child gets medical treatment. “It is a huge relief for […]

  • UMKC scraps plans for downtown conservatory, giving city space to update Barney Allis Plaza

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  UMKC will no longer build a conservatory in downtown Kansas City, paving the way for the city to invest in a long-ignored gathering place. Most people forget about Barney Allis Plaza off 14th and Central because you can’t see it when you stand in front of the Music Hall. A massive stone walls block view and access to it. Part of the renovation plans include getting rid of the wall and giving it a fresh look […]

  • Questions remain about Shawnee Christian school’s future as founder sits in jail for alleged sex crimes

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — There are questions Tuesday morning about whether a Shawnee school will open just days after prosecutors charged its founder with sex crimes against children. Oaklawn Christian School at 47th and Woodlawn has taken down its website along with the Oaklawn sign out front. When FOX4’s Shannon O’Brien stopped by Monday, it appeared they were getting ready for the first day of school,  but no one at the school would speak to FOX4. The school’s founder is sitting […]

  • New tailgate policy will force Chiefs fans without game ticket to leave parking lot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big changes are coming to the Kansas City Chiefs tailgating policy, and it will affect thousands of fans who eat and drink in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot on game days. Starting this season, security will go through the parking lot after the game begins and force fans to either go inside the stadium – or go home. Chiefs president Mark Donovan says it’s all about keeping fans safe on game day. “From a safety and security […]