Matt Stewart’s eight-year tenure at KCTV will officially come to an end tomorrow morning when he says goodbye as co-anchor on the “More In The Morning” show.
In the move Stewart was given his walking papers while co-host Kelly Jones was given her own lifestyle show that will debut in September.
Station officials have confirmed to Bottom Line that effective August 20 a new morning team of Alexis Del Cid from Portland and Dave Hall from Las Vegas will debut on the CBS affiliate.
Stewart is trying to be upbeat over the situation and says he is currently weighing several job opportunities.
“Friends and loyal viewers, I regret to inform you that tomorrow will be my final day at KCTV5,” wrote Stewart on his Facebook page. “For the past 8 years I have truly enjoyed Kansas City, and I have strived to make a positive impact in people’s lives when reporting and anchoring the news of the day.
“I leave with mixed emotions. I am sad to leave my wonderful co-workers, but I am excited about the adventure that awaits me,” he says. “I plan to stay in television news and promise to tell you where I end up once it becomes official. In the meantime, I thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to watch my newscasts and give me such wonderful support. Your words of encouragement have meant more to me than you’ll ever know.”
Stewart began his career as a photographer at WOWT-TV in Omaha. Before coming to Kansas City, he was a reporter/anchor at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa, KHGI-TV in Kearney, Neb., and WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio. He has collected several awards for his reporting, including Associated Press honors in both Nebraska and Ohio. He also received Emmy recognition for spot news reporting by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences.
Stewart recently wrote a book about his football playing days as a walk-on at Northwestern where he received his journalism degree. His book was recently highlighted in the prestigious “435 South” magazine (LINK).
UPDATE: Stewart did an admirable job on Friday signing off despite the fact that it was clearly obvious his departure was not his decision. The station wished him well in his “upcoming adventures.”