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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
  • Johnson County woman working to recover more than $1 million worth of stolen jewelry

    OLATHE, Kan. — A Johnson County business owner says she’s been robbed, and now, she’s working to recover the stolen goods, which she said total more than $1 million. It’s a lot of money, but Mary Ann Gerber said it’s the violation of privacy that hurts the most. Gerber, who owns a business in Johnson County, said she’d collected those items over a 30-year period. Her collection has 80 items not accounted for, and she said a former employee stole […]

  • High levels of cancer-causing radon gas found in KC elementary school but parents not notified

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents and staffers at one local elementary school say there’s something foul in the air. A statement from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed high levels of radon gas at Warford Elementary School. Hickman Mills School District leaders said they received the results of an inspection that took place in October late last week. Radon gas is colorless and odorless, and the Environmental Protection Agency says it’s the second-leading cause of lung cancer […]

  • City crews gearing up to treat metro roads ahead of Thursday morning’s predicted freezing rain, sleet

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Making the streets safe: It’s a heavy-duty job Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The morning forecast calls for slick streets, and city workers are planning to meet the sleet head-on. Overland Park — like many metro cities — will have drivers on the road early tomorrow, preparing for a “flash freeze.” That weather event is expected to bring sleet and freezing rain, which should freeze city streets during the morning rush hour. Eric Sandberg is one […]

  • Kansas man starts political action committee to support potential Oprah Winfrey presidential campaign

    BALDWIN CITY, Kan. — She’s known worldwide as “The Queen of All Media.” After Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards, people across the United States have been abuzz about the possibility that the media mogul might run for president in 2020. She might not have expected immediate support from tiny Baldwin City, Kansas: home to around 5,000 voters. This isn’t about money. It’s about encouragement and an effort to change U.S. politics. That’s what Baldwin City […]

  • Metro medical centers overwhelmed with flu cases

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been a busy weekend at local emergency rooms. Rooms in local medical centers are in high demand, since doctors say they’re overwhelmed with people suffering from the flu. HCA Midwest reports its seeing nearly 60 percent more flu cases than a year ago, and the concern is getting serious at its metro hospitals. Doctors at Truman Medical Centers in midtown Kansas City say their emergency room has been filled with people complaining of body aches, […]

  • Community looking for answers after 10-year-old boy shot in home, left in critical condition

    FERRELVIEW, Mo. — A village community near Kansas City International Airport is hungry for answers after a 10-year old boy was shot in his own home Thursday night. Police said that child, Jayden Schafer, is in critical condition at an area hospital. Schafer and his family live in the Village of Ferrelview, where Platte County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned Thursday night. “You could hear the family crying. It broke my heart. It was terrifying,” Regina Hughes, the Schafer family’s neighbor, […]

  • Suspect in early morning KCK homicide shot, arrested by police after high-speed chase in Northland

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — A suspect who led police on a high-speed chase in Clay County, Mo., Thursday around noon is now in police custody. The chase began in Grayson, Mo., when a Clinton County deputy saw a Chevy Astro van driving at excessive speeds. When the driver — later identified as Jeremy Comstock of Bonner Springs, Kan. — failed to stop, the deputy initiated a pursuit. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office said once Comstock, driving at more than 90 […]

  • Firefighters battle flames and ice at Blue Springs home

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Firefighters battled a large fire at a home in Blue Springs Thursday. The fire broke out around 9 a.m. at a home in the Emerald Creek subdivision near Pine Creek Road and 40-Highway. A spokesperson for the Central Jackson County Fire Department says the biggest issue they’re dealing with is ice. Fox 4’s Sean McDowell spoke with Suliana Tonga, one of the home’s four residents, as she watched what she and her family call their dream […]

  • Cold weather hurts car batteries, tires but keeps metro roadside assistance programs busy this winter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Business is booming, and it’s all due to the weather. AAA in Missouri said the last few days have resulted in 400-500 calls for service — nearly three times the roadside assistance program’s normal call load. One AAA roadside assistance driver told FOX 4 News he had 10 calls waiting for him, and he’s working as efficiently as he can to satisfy the demand. AAA says Kansas City’s current sub-zero weather makes driving hard for the […]

  • Without electricity or heat, KC family forced out of home, waiting for landlord to make repairs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the coldest week of the winter so far, but one east Kansas City family is steaming mad. Eric Fudala and his family said they’ve been without heat the entire weekend, which saw the metro’s weather plunge into sub-zero conditions. Fudala said his family home, a rental property that sits near 58th Street and Mersington, has lost power twice this week, including last Thursday morning when a KCP&L electrician discovered the house’s electric meter was burned […]

  • Hat worn by Kate Middleton to Christmas church services was made by Kansas designer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Peruvian Connection, 335 E 55th St., is seeing an uptick in its sales, thanks in part to Duchess Kate Middleton. Fox 4’s Sean McDowell stopped by the store and found the alpaca hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge to Christmas church services. The hat was designed by Peruvian Connection, based out of Tonganoxie but with six stores throughout the country. “It’s an alpaca fur trimmed hat. It is a luxury fiber which we’ve been featuring […]

  • Metro family struggling to cope, police searching for suspect after father of 3 killed on Christmas morning

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — One metro family is aching, having witnessed their loved one being shot and killed on Christmas morning. Police in Leavenworth said they’re searching for the man who pulled the trigger in the early hours of Monday. The incident leaves the family of 33-year-old Shavar Walker without a father and husband and demanding justice. “A reasonable person is not going to do what they did to my husband,” Tara Walker, Shavar’s wife, told FOX 4 News. Shavar Walker, […]