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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
  • New bikesharing service offers ‘Uber-like’ transportation for students at KU

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — A ride to school is as close as your mobile phone at KU. Students at the University of Kansas have a whole new way to travel across campus. Technology is helping keep the wheels of a new bike-sharing program rolling on Mount Oread, built on a business model that would remind users of Uber. No more waiting for transportation across the KU campus. If you can ride a bike, the new Veoride bikesharing system makes two wheels […]

  • Jewish Community Center in Overland Park unveils new turf for baseball fields

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — It’s a whole new ballgame for baseball and softball players in Johnson County. On Tuesday, the Jewish Community Center rolled out brand new synthetic turf for its diamonds. Royals General Manager Dayton Moore was the guest of honor and said he’s excited for the opportunity that hundreds of young athletes will get to play on these fields. There is a common element between the new turf at “The J” and Kansas City’s new Urban Youth Academy. Moore […]

  • How much does it cost to keep Kansas City’s fountains going?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fountains. Some say they’re as much a part of Kansas City as barbecue and jazz are. On Tuesday, Fountain Day 2018 arrived with the city switching on all public fountains and one refurbished landmark making a comeback of sorts. It’s been said that only Rome has more fountains that Kansas City does. The flow of water remains a point of community pride in KCMO, and on Tuesday, the Spirit of Freedom Fountain, which sits at Emmanuel […]

  • Weekend threat against North KC school leads to arrest, as school leaders safeguard against future trouble

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Her family says she was just texting with friends. Prosecutors in Clay County don’t see it that way. One Northland woman is in jail, accused of making threats against a local elementary school. North Kansas City School District leaders are actively working to avoid future threats. Police aren’t laughing, even though family members of Asia Snell, 22,  tell FOX4 News her comments were just jokes. On Sunday night, Clay County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Snell, after they […]

  • KC elementary school teacher accused of showing lewd photos to fifth-grade classroom

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One family from the city’s south side is boiling mad after her daughter’s teacher allegedly showed an inappropriate photo in class. Dominique Jones, a mother of three, said she’s complained to administrators at Dobbs Elementary School after her 11-year-old daughter’s claim that her teacher showed a lewd photograph on the classroom projector. Leaders within the Hickman-Mills School District tell FOX4 the accusation is under investigation. “The picture speaks for itself. It shouldn’t have been shown,” Jones […]

  • Police recover stolen BBQ pit while dodging gunfire on city’s east side

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A wild scene on Kansas City’s east side left police officers taking cover. A spray of gunfire near 25th and Benton Avenue caught officers by surprise, as they responded to a call concerning stolen barbecue equipment. Police recovered a huge meat smoker that belongs to the American Royal Barbecue and, according to barbecue festival leaders, is valued at roughly $20,000. Kansas City Police Capt. Lionel Colon said officers were called to that east Kansas City neighborhood around […]

  • Small town of Strasburg welcomes world traveler, author touring cities with same name

    STRASBURG, Mo. — Cass County has been hosting a weary world traveler. Jean-Yves Bart, who hails from France, is compiling a book based on towns that share the name of his French hometown: Strasburg. That includes the tiny town that sits just south of Lone Jack on State Route 58. It’s home to fewer than 200 people. You might say his game lies within a name. Bart, 34, calls Strasbourg, France his home, where this busy traveler works as an English […]

  • Game-loving Oak Grove teen battling cancer for second time gets bedroom transformed

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A sick teenager from the metro got his wish Friday when Sporting Kansas City pooled its resources and transformed his bedroom. Jordan Rodriguez is just 15 years old, but he’s now battling cancer for the second time. So when the Victory Project, which is run by Sporting Kansas City, heard about Jordan’s fascinating with games, plans took on a life of their own. Three days of remodeling wrapped up just in time. Facebook videos from Wednesday […]

  • Metro junior golfer rides inspiration to Augusta National competition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The Masters has been called “a tradition like none other,” and a junior golfer from the metro got his moment on Magnolia Lane this week. Golf fanatics know The Masters is underway, as the PGA Tour’s greats gather in Augusta, Georgia. The opening round of this year’s tournament began on Thursday morning. Junior golfer J.D. Dintino is playing for more than trophies. When J.D. tees one up, the 13-year-old is never alone. The Kansas City North native […]

  • KC’s Science City receives $1 million grant to reach even more metro kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a gift that fits most every need. Science City unwrapped a generous $1 million grant from PNC Foundation on Wednesday. The granted money will allow the interactive science museum inside Union Station — known for bringing classroom science to life for local students — to involve even more local kids. They may be young, but their minds are growing. That, in a sense, is Science City’s mission. The grant from PNC Bank ensures Science City’s […]

  • Pothole and bridge repairs cause big delays for eastbound I-470 drivers

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Drivers on eastbound Interstate 470 should buckle up. Construction crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation are working as efficiently as possible to restore traffic flow on that important highway. However, MoDOT engineers say it’s going to take time. The eastbound side of I-470 takes drivers from the immediate Kansas City area to Raytown, Lee’s Summit, south Kansas City and Blue Springs. MoDOT says it’s used by 60-80,000 cars each day. Drivers found themselves in a […]

  • Man fatally shot by Belton police after allegedly threatening officers with knife

    BELTON, Mo. — Neighbors in one quiet Cass County town are stunned. Easter Sunday turned bloody on Spring Street after Belton police officers shot a man who, according to neighbors, threatened officers with a knife. Multiple neighbors said that same man threatened one family that he would kill them, including their two-year-old daughter, and burn the family’s house to the ground. Alanna Sapenaro, who’s lived on Spring Street since October, said that man from across the street appeared a few […]