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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
  • 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 […]

  • Metro relief worker shifts from helping people in Texas to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’re always there in times of trouble. One local Salvation Army relief worker is no stranger to tough times, and now, she’s headed for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. This comes only a week after her return from two weeks of volunteer service in the Houston, Texas area, where residents are contending with the aftermath of another weather-related disaster. When it comes to disaster relief, Dee Smith is the Energizer Bunny. The Kansas City resident recently retired from […]

  • Melissa Etheridge says singing national anthem at Arrowhead was ‘biggest experience ever’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — She’s known around the world for making honest rock ‘n’ roll music. On Sunday, Leavenworth native Melissa Etheridge brought her fame and fortune home to Arrowhead Stadium. The two-time Grammy winner says it was her “biggest experience ever.” It was a Chiefs’ fan’s dream come true. Just before kickoff, Etheridge, 56, had the Arrowhead turf all to herself, just before the Chiefs faced off with the Pittsburgh Steelers. More than 75,000 members of Chiefs Kingdom kept […]

  • Pigskin production team creates quality highlights enjoyed by Platte County Pirate faithful

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — There’s a pigskin production in Pirate country that’s helping a high school football power excel. Win or lose, the guys from Valentino Productions have their eyes, as well as their cameras​, on Platte County High School football. Wesley Valentine, who is a senior at the high school, helped his brother found the company three years ago. On Pirate gamedays, Valentine uses as many as five camera operators with high-tech gear, recording the Pirates as they perform on the gridiron. […]

  • Metro students race the clock to make winning pitches in Farm to Table Challenge

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Everyone dreams of winning money on a TV gameshow. Students in the metro hot their own taste of that thrill on Tuesday, entering a Shark Tank-style event in Wyandotte County. One minute. That’s all the time given to student groups in the Farm to Table Challenge. Young people from 12 schools across the metro entered the would-be Shark Tank sponsored by Dairy Farmers of America. Their farm-to-table ideas could win part of $15,000 in grants for their schools. Each […]

  • Olathe East players keep teammate’s spirits high after he endures painful loss

    OLATHE, Kan. — Some perfect plays aren’t measured on a football scoreboard. Take, for instance, the one being shown over an ongoing season at Olathe East High School. One of the Hawks stars on special teams is experiencing a shower of support. He’s needed it, after a heartache no young person should experience. No prompting is needed for Taylor Walker to snap into action, or to make others laugh, as seen at a recent student assembly at OEHS, where Walker […]

  • Redskins WR Pryor alleges Chiefs fans yelled expletives, slurs at him after Monday Night Football

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL’s microscope is focusing on Kansas City. TMZ Sports has released video clips showing a Washington Redskins player arguing and exchanging lewd gestures with fans. The NFL is threatening to ban those fans for life — if it can find out who was heckling Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor on Monday — allegedly pelting him with racial slurs as he left the field. As Pryor was leaving the field at Arrowhead — fans near the locker […]

  • Shawnee Mission East HS kicker nearing state record and gaining national attention

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — A metro high school kicker takes aim and sets a new school record. His field goal was so long he almost set a new state record. FOX 4’s Sean McDowell met the kicker who’s hitting from long range. There’s no faking the kicking game at Shawnee Mission East High School. Lancers starting placekicker Parker Willis is already being nationally recruited as one of the best junior kickers at his position. The field goal make he put […]

  • Park Hill senior football player who is also a lifelong Boy Scout takes pride in the work he did this summer to better his church

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The seeds of community service are being planted at one metro high school. With Park Hill High School’s football program (4-1) lies a community servant who’s willing to get his hands dirty. No one has to order Trojans Nose Tackle Zack Mikuls to get busy. He’s usually way ahead of the call to duty. Part of Mikuls’ summer was spent outside St. Patrick’s Church off Davidson Road in the city’s northland. Mikuls is a lifelong Boy […]

  • FOX 4 Game of the Week: Lee’s Summit West vs. Park Hill

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Week six of high school football in the Show-Me-State offered a meeting of two top ten teams. In the end, Lee’s Summit West (5-1) upends Park Hill (4-2) with a 31-27 victory. The Titans entered this game ranked sixth in Missouri Class 6, while Park Hill sat at number three. FOX 4’s Sean McDowell recaps our FOX 4 Hy Vee Game of the Week.