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
  • NourishKC says if they don’t raise needed funds soon, they may have to shut their doors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local charity says bad accounting by a former employee could now force them to shut down. NourishKC officials say this employee didn’t take any money for personal gain – he simply moved it around to make it look as if this soup kitchen had more money than it really did. That caused them to overspend – and now, if they don’t get help from the community, they might have to shut their doors. “There may […]

  • Blue Bell ice cream is back on store shelves in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A once popular ice cream is making a comeback. As of Monday morning, Blue Bell is back in Kansas City. In addition to the Kansas City metro area, Blue Bell will also be sold in Topeka, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Ottawa, St. Joseph and Sedalia. Four years ago, they pulled all the Blue Bell ice cream off store shelves due to concerns of listeria. By May 2015 three people in Kansas died from listeria-tainted Blue Bell products. A total of 10 […]

  • Road closures begin Monday as crews prepare for Big 12 Championship

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 basketball is once again coming to downtown Kansas City, and that means traffic nightmares if your drive takes you past the Sprint Center. Street closures begin at 10 a.m. Monday when road crews raise the metal posts and start bringing out those large orange street closed signs. They do this every year to make sure the tens of thousands of fans who come to town to root on their team stay safe while going to […]

  • Prairiefire will soon be home to Johnson County’s newest ice rink

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A new outdoor ice skating rink is coming to Prairiefire. Developer Fred Merrill told FOX4 the addition is part of “phase two” and is a partnership with KC Ice. “It will be the winter activities for Prairiefire,” Merrill said. “The rink will actually convert to summer activities in the summer, whether it’s pickle ball or it’s turf where we can go out and have all kinds of fun things.” Merrill said in the winter the rink […]

  • Federal judge rules male-only draft is unconstitutional

    HOUSTON — A federal judge who ruled the Selective Service System’s men-only registration unconstitutional late Friday rejected the reasoning of a 1981 Supreme Court decision, opting for the recent women’s rights rationale of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the contemporary court. US District Court Judge Gray Miller, based in Houston, spurned the government’s argument about excluding women, based partly on their interest and readiness for combat, by declaring, “this argument smacks of archaic and overbroad generalizations about women’s preferences.” Miller […]

  • Snow days may lead to some metro students staying in class until early summer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — School in June – that is a very real possibility for many students in Missouri now that schools have called off class on Wednesday yet again due to snow. Kids love getting the day off school due to snow, but what they don’t realize is they’ll have to make up that lost time somehow. Most Missouri school districts do not build in snow days into their calendar. According to state law, districts are required to make […]

  • Park University now offers esports program and scholarships for people to join

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Gaming for scholarships. A local university is now offering money to college students who excel at playing video games. Park University Wednesday officially unveiled its Parkade Battleground, which is underground on the Parkville school’s campus. Seven students who tried out for the team in the fall now represent the university as they take on other college players across the nation. Right now, they are competing in the video game ‘League of Legends’. They have a coach who […]

  • Lawsuit against Lee’s Summit School District claims superintendent didn’t promote woman because of race

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Lee’s Summit School District accuses the superintendent and district of unethical behavior. The executive director of technology for the school district, Dr. Amy Gates, filed the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Gates was on the panel interviewing three women for an open position within the school district. She claims the superintendent, Dr. Dennis Carpenter, violated several school policies during the hiring process. The lawsuit contends there were three women applying for executive […]

  • Royals pack up gear, prepare to head to spring training in Surprise, Arizona

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals are packing up everything in the clubhouse and shipping it down to Arizona Thursday so it can be there in time for spring training. Some Royals staff members ship down bikes, strollers, pack and plays – anything they’ll need for the next couple of months. “Lots and lots of golf clubs because apparently spring training is baseball and golf,” Toby Cook with the Royals said. “It’s not just baseball stuff going down.” The clubhouse […]

  • Kansas City Zoo moving some animals inside as temperatures drop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This cold can be brutal on animals not used to this type of weather, which is why Kansas City zookeepers prepare months in advance. Every animal has an indoor enclosure where they can escape, and maintenance workers insulate the doors and windows of these enclosures to keep the cold air out. They have generators ready to go should the power go out and heat lamps where the animals can go to warm up if need be. Some animals such as seals, polar bears and […]

  • Air traffic controllers union urges president & congress to end shutdown before airline system breaks down

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Union leaders representing pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers just released a statement pleading for Congress to end the shutdown now. Air traffic controllers have worked more than a month without pay – and union leaders fear a mass exodus will put travelers at risk and cripple the airline industry. This past week, around ten percent of all TSA workers have called in sick – many looking for other jobs to help pay the bills, […]

  • Fiancée of motocross rider who died in KC crash describes his love, passion for racing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The fiancée of a motocross rider who died at a Kansas City event last week is speaking about his life. Emergency crews responded to Hale Arena at the American Royal complex after 26-year-old Clayton Haney of Excelsior Springs left the track and struck a cinder block wall last Friday night. Haney was wearing a helmet, but was taken from the arena in critical condition and later died at a hospital. Fiancée Shelby Winn said he had […]

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