Stewart’s Storytelling Symphony

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Emmy award-winning journalist Matt Stewart orchestrates a captivating narrative spanning sports triumphs, culinary delights, and the rich history of the Kansas City Royals.

Story by Ann Butenas

In the bustling realm of Kansas City journalism, Matt Stewart stands out not only as a seasoned Fox 4 News Reporter/Anchor but also as a prolific author weaving captivating tales across various genres. With an Emmy Award adorning his professional journey, Stewart’s narrative prowess extends far beyond the confines of the newsroom, delving into the realms of sports, mystery, and culinary exploration.

A cornerstone of Stewart’s literary repertoire lies in his profound connection to Kansas City’s vibrant culture and history. One of his best-selling literary ventures, “Unique Eats and Eateries of Kansas City,” serves as a culinary roadmap, uncovering the hidden gems and gastronomic delights strewn across the cityscape. It’s a testament to Stewart’s ability to merge his journalistic acumen with a profound love for his hometown’s culinary tapestry.



However, Stewart’s literary odyssey isn’t confined solely to culinary escapades. His debut work, “The Walk-On,” embarks on a riveting journey through the corridors of college football, chronicling his own experiences as a walk-on player at Northwestern University. This tale of perseverance and triumph resonates deeply, earning Stewart the prestigious Reader’s Favorite Gold Award for Best Sports Nonfiction.

Beyond the gridiron, Stewart’s literary repertoire takes eclectic turns, delving into realms of comedy, mystery, and science fiction. His diverse portfolio, encompassing works like “The Man from KNEW News” and “Tripp in Time,” attests to his narrative versatility and imaginative prowess. Stewart’s journey as an author is a testament to the power of persistence and the profound impact of writing about what one knows best.

Yet, it’s Stewart’s latest foray into the annals of Kansas City Royals history that truly encapsulates his enduring passion for storytelling. “The Kansas City Royals – An Illustrated Timeline” stands as a labor of love, a meticulous tapestry interwoven with archival photographs and untold stories curated by Stewart himself.

“Having been a lifelong Royals’ fan, this was a project of passion for me,” reflected Stewart.

The genesis of this page-turning book traces back to Stewart’s unwavering dedication to his craft, nurtured in the sanctuary of his parent’s basement where he first honed his storytelling skills  as a young teen. Despite the practicalities of life directing him towards more conventional paths, Stewart remained steadfast in his pursuit of literary excellence, balancing the demands of family life with the ink-stained allure of the written word.

In writing this book, Stewart sifted through a myriad of resources, from the hallowed halls of SABR (the “Society of American Baseball Research” for those who might not know) to the archives of Baseball Prospectus, along with the vivid recollections etched in his own memory from years of cheering on his favorite team. With quick fact-checking from Curt Nelson, Senior Director of The Royals Hall of Fame, a narrative mosaic that celebrates the storied legacy of the Kansas City Royals was created.

This timeless tribute to the enduring spirit of America’s favorite pastime, immortalized in the pages of this highly researched account is a must-read for all, especially the fans of our boys in blue.

Yet, amidst the accolades and literary triumphs, Stewart remains grounded by the unwavering support of his family, particularly his wife Chrissy, who bravely faces a rare form of cancer, reminding him of life’s fragility and resilience. Together with their three children, Stewart finds solace and inspiration in their unwavering love, shaping his belief that storytelling is not just a vocation but a testament to the power of human connection and the enduring legacy of the human spirit.

As he continues his literary journey, Stewart’s gaze is firmly set on the horizon, fueled by an insatiable appetite for storytelling. With each page turned and each narrative woven, Stewart continues to leave an indelible imprint on the literary landscape, ensuring the stories of yesterday inspire the dreams of tomorrow.

“I plan on writing books the rest of my life,” noted Stewart. “I love my job and sharing stories through the television, but when that comes to an end one day, I plan to write full-time.”

To delve deeper into Stewart’s literary lineup and to stay updated on upcoming book signings, visit his website at mattstewartbooks.com.

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