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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
  • Mother and daughter forced to vacate home due to mold at next door condo

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Their house isn’t a home. In fact, homeowner Aimee Patton says the condo she shares with her 11-year-old daughter, Amelia, is making the two of them very sick. The Pattons say it’s a mold outbreak at the vacant condominium next door that’s caused their illnesses. You can’t stay inside their condo, which sits near Nall Avenue, for long. Patton proved that with the documented results of a mold test on her home. Those two severe summertime storms that drenched parts of Johnson County, […]

  • Staley football team’s biggest fan says riding wheelchair down field for touchdown was dream come true

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sometimes, a football game’s best plays happen after the final whistle blows. Power O. Right side. That’s the play called for Staley High School senior Daniel Ludwig. He’s not a football player. Ludwig is a quadriplegic student who also has cerebral palsy. He might also be Staley’s biggest football fan. “We want to go to state,” Ludwig said Wednesday. Falcons wide receiver Rod Criss said he suggested the idea of letting Daniel score a touchdown. Back […]

  • Fort Osage cheerleaders rally together as teen’s mom battles breast cancer

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A state cheerleading championship isn’t the only celebration at a metro high school. One member of the Fort Osage High School cheer squad is cheering that her mom is winning her own fight. Teammates who can be counted on are hard to find. Fort Osage cheerleader Allee Herman said it was mid-October when she learned her mother Shelley was fighting early-stage breast cancer. On Tuesday, Herman said her mother had surgery to remove a large tumor and near […]

  • Olathe man who served our country for 10 years surprised with home bathroom remodel

    OLATHE, Kan. — A retired Marine from Johnson County received some much needed home improvements Wednesday– and they didn’t cost him a dime. Nate Dufriend, who is now a single father of five, served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the military he was injured overseas and lost his best friend. To meet the generous company that did the repairs for the deserving veteran, watch the video above.  The repairs Dufriend called “truly a blessing” took […]

  • Police not happy after active shooter call in Overland Park turns out to be a hoax

    OVERLAND PARK, Ks. — Business operators and police in Johnson County spent Tuesday afternoon on edge. Law enforcement officers say 911 dispatchers received a call about an active shooter, but that call for help turned out to be a hoax. Police say they’re not happy about being called out on a fake emergency. Overland Park Police spokesperson John Lacy said officers were called to One Stop Decorating Center, which sits near the busy intersection of 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue. […]

  • Grandview company getting numerous requests to help local churches stay safe after Texas shooting

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police say the calls for security training increase as the trend of mass shootings continues in the United States. One Kansas City metro company is getting national attention and heavy requests Monday for their expertise in keeping churches safe. Barry Young, a vice-president in charge of church security with Strategos International, said churches have become the softest of soft targets. Strategos, which is based in Grandview, Missouri, serves the mission of helping churches and other nonprofits across […]

  • WATCH: This Blue Springs South senior doesn’t let brain damage keep him from helping the football team

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — He’s a true football champion, even though he’s never actually played a down. Ian Genge, a 17-year-old senior at Blue Springs South High School, runs camera for the Jaguar football program, recording every game and practice for his classmates. His focus seems to know no limits. All his life, Genge dreamed of playing football for his soon-to-be alma mater. Genge was born with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, a form of brain damage due to a loss of […]

  • Former Kansas high school teacher charged with aggravated sodomy by force

    GARDNER, Kan. — A 45-year-old Gardner, Kan., man and former teacher in the Gardner-Edgerton School District is charged in Johnson County, Kan., with two counts of aggravated sodomy by force. According to the court document, the alleged victim was born in the year 2000, making him or her approximately 17-years-old. The complaint against Todd Burd, 45, said the sodomy assault happened last year. Burd was a choir instructor at Gardner-Edgerton in the fine arts department. In 2015, he was named Gardner-Edgerton’s […]

  • Pair hopes to preserve Hubbard House by relocating piece of Olathe history

    OLATHE, Kan. — A page from the past may be new again. Olathe residents have been lobbying for an old house, which has roots that date back to the Civil War era, to be protected, or risk getting the wrecking ball. Thanks to one man’s generosity, the Hubbard House, which sits on S. Parker Street, has a chance chance to live on. It’s being called a gift that will benefit everyone in Olathe. Bridget and Damon Taylor operate the Trilogy […]

  • Bishop Miege plucks replacement kicker from the stands, who’s accurate to boot

    ROELAND PARK, Kan. — There’s no place like the front row for catching good high school football. Oddly enough, that’s exactly where Bishop Miege (7-0) looked recently, when Stags coaches found themselves with a key roster spot to fill. Like many high school athletes, Bishop Miege placekicker A.J. Brady, longed for a chance to get on the field. However, Brady says he didn’t see his chance coming right away. As the 2017 football season opened, Brady was a rowdy fan […]

  • Kansas Speedway employing enhanced security measures for race weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Kan, — NASCAR’s checkered flag takes a backseat this weekend. Stock car’s brightest stars make their latest stop at Kansas Speedway this weekend, as events begin on Friday in KCK, and security around the track will be at an all-time high. Speedway administrators say enhanced safety measures will be in place. It might be cliché, but it’s true. “See Something, Say Something” will be an important phrase at this weekend’s NASCAR event at Kansas Speedway. Track president Pat […]

  • DeSoto linebacker shows off different set of skills on the piano

    DeSOTO, Kan. — Football is turning to beautiful music at DeSoto High School. The undefeated Wildcats have a date with determination on Friday night, as DeSoto (7-0) travels to Bishop Miege (7-0.) The Wildcats are ranked second in Kansas Class 4A, while the Stags, three-time defending state champs in that classification, are ranked tops overall. DeSoto Coach Brian King tabs Jack Barger for the outside linebacker spot on gamedays. When he’s not racking up tackles, King is performing as a […]