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Sean McDowell brings more than 20 years of television experience to the Fox 4 news team. Sean has experience working in television news in Charleston, WV and Lexington, KY. Sean was primary sports anchor at a 24-hour cable news station in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, where he covered the NBA Finals, a Super Bowl, three Daytona 500s and more. He was also managing editor/reporter at another Kansas City television station, and was Emmy-nominated for sports reporting in 2001 while working in West Virginia.

Sean joined the FOX 4 Kansas City news team in May 2013. Since joining on, he’s covered memorable news stories such as the triple murder trial of Frazier Glenn Cross and various stories involving crimes across the metro. Sean’s sports background has come in handy, as he’s served as a reporter during the 2014 & 2015 World Series with the Kansas City Royals, NASCAR coverage at Kansas Speedway and our Friday night high school football teams.

Sean is a proud native of Ashland, Kentucky, who owns degrees from both the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. He also attended graduate school at Marshall University, and was used as an extra in the feature film “We Are Marshall.” At one point, sports radio listeners in Kansas City heard him moonlighting on 610 Sports Radio. He and his family live in Johnson County, where he’s often seen playing bad golf and tending to his beloved tomato plants.

Sean is a thankful member of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, where he volunteers his time assisting with the church’s Technical Arts unit. Sean serves as the vice-president of the Kansas City chapter of the University of Kentucky Association, and a caddy/golf parent with the local U.S. Kids Golf Tour. He and his wife are parents of a ten-year old golf and basketball prodigy affectionately known as “Moose,” and a tiny adopted cat from KC Pet Project named Pepper.

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Recent Articles
  • Superstars of Big Slick return to Kansas City for another year of spreading smiles and raising money

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’ve come home from Hollywood, bringing laughs and more with them. The annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend is underway, beginning with a Friday morning hospital visit for the gathering’s four biggest names. This quartet of celebrities use this occasion to raise money to help sick kids. They started in humble Kansas City, before taking on television and the movies. The superstars of Big Slick — Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd and David Koechner — are […]

  • The boys are back in town for Big Slick Weekend 2017

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The boys are back in town. Every year Big Slick Weekend in Kansas City begins with that message as some of the Kansas City area’s biggest celebrities come home from Hollywood. The stage at Children’s Mercy Hospital was filled with big names Friday for the eighth straight year. Over the past four years Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle and David Koechner have helped raise more than $4-million. All of it goes toward childhood cancer research at […]

  • Lone Star Ticks migrating towards the metro are bringing serious health concerns along

    LENEXA, Kan. — Healthcare professionals say it’s spreading. The Lone Star Tick is migrating west, and, as it does, the pest brings some serious health concern with it, including symptoms that can be fatal. The tick is gradually moving into the Kansas City metro, and it’s said to be coming from Appalachia and the deep south. Healthcare professionals say it can be found nearly anywhere there’s high grass, and, if not treated, it can make people very sick. Medical staffers […]

  • Gasoline mishap burns down house and leaves homeowner needing surgery

    HOLT, Mo. — A weekend house fire in Clay County costs a family everything they own. To make matters worse, the homeowner, Corey Johnson, 27, will need surgery as he remains a patient at a Kansas City hospital. “I don’t know what hell looks like, but I turned around and saw flames everywhere,” Johnson said from his bed at Research Medical Center. When that Johnson’s home caught fire on Father’s Day, he says he tried putting it out himself. That […]

  • Olathe family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning after using generator for only five minutes

    OLATHE, Kan. — It only took five minutes. One family from Johnson County says they used a portable generator when they lost power in this weekend’s storms, and family became sick with carbon monoxide poisoning. That family back home after a stay in a local hospital. It was an afternoon of terror. That’s how neighbors Johnson County’s Edgemere neighborhood felt as first responders poured onto S. Weaver Street on Saturday evening. One homeowner told FOX 4 News it scared her […]

  • Missouri grocers combat meth manufacturing with sophisticated system that tracks OTC medicine sales

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Grocers in Missouri are fighting the drug problem head-on. They’ve been using an elaborate computer system, one that’s designed to prevent sales of over-the-counter medicines used to make meth. “One thing to make a purchase is you’ll have to show proper identification,” Jim Gwinner said, as he approached the pharmacy counter at the Lee’s Summit Price Chopper store. An everyday purchase is a mundane moment that can make a difference in the fight against methamphetamine. “Every […]

  • Healthcare workers breathe sigh of relief as bill to keep guns out of Kansas hospitals passes into law

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Leaders at the state’s healthcare facilities are calling it a big win. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback allowed a bill, which bans guns at public hospitals, to pass into law. That includes most of the metro’s major Kansas-based facilities — including the University of Kansas Health System. Conceal-carry laws, as well as open-carry laws, won’t apply to hospitals. The bill becomes law after Gov. Brownback refused to veto it, meaning gun owners can’t bring their firearms into […]

  • Police say cameras installed in at-risk Kansas City neighborhood already paying dividends

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seeing is believing. Police in Kansas City are using a brand new series of surveillance cameras which have been installed in a neighborhood that’s been labeled as being at-risk for a long time. An extra set of eyes are already making a difference. It’s been about a month since Kansas City leaders installed a new set of high-tech surveillance cameras up and down Independence Avenue. Kansas City Police Sgt. Pat Rauzi says that officers can control […]

  • University of Kansas dorm wing caters to LGBT students

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is devoting a residence hall wing to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Student Housing director Diana Robertson says more than 20 students have signed up to live in the “gender inclusive housing” in Lewis Hall for the upcoming school year. Robertson says a small waiting list for the wing indicates “we’re hitting a need.” Besides catering to LGBT students, the wing also will […]

  • KS Dept. of Health urges public to take precautions with early-arriving West Nile Virus

    OLATHE, Kan. — When summertime heats up, a public health concern pops up, too. The Kansas Department of Health says West Nile Virus has arrived ahead of schedule in the Sunflower State, and the public should take precautions. Any place with standing water is a likely breeding ground. The Culex mosquito is the type that causes West Nile, and health officials in Kansas have discovered the bugs in three counties, including Johnson. That’s the public’s cue to to be well. […]

  • Warrensburg teacher gets heat after making obscene gesture at White House during trip with students

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — They say actions speak louder than words. A schoolteacher from Johnson County, Missouri is drawing attention after making a lewd gesture toward the White House. He did it while chaperoning a trip endorsed by the local school district. The Hammond family spoke exclusively with FOX 4 News. They say it was embarrassing and it showed no respect. John Hammond says his 14-year old daughter, Corrine, was one of nine students who went on a school-endorsed trip to […]

  • City leaders approve curfew for KC parks and trails

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nothing good happens after midnight. Several speakers used those words during Wednesday’s Kansas City Council committee meeting at City Hall, as city leaders approve a curfew at public parks and trails. The ordinance and amendment passed the committee with a unanimous vote, and will be voted on by the full council on Thursday afternoon. If that proposal passes the full council, it will go into effect as law ten days after it’s acceptance by the council. […]