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 murder-suicide involving former Kansas City Chief Javon Belcher, and the fatal explosion at JJ’s Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. He’s also used his versatile skill set to cover memorable sports feature stories from the high school football world and beyond.

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 audio/video production unit. He and his wife are parents of a ten-year old golf and basketball prodigy affectionately known as “Moose,” and a 23-pound cat named Ringo.

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    Fists fly between Chiefs, Raiders fans at Arrowhead, fan calling it ‘most intense’ fight he’s seen

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some people are still feeling the impact of Thursday night’s Chiefs-Raiders game, and it’s not just because of the cold; it’s because of a wild brawl that broke out in the stands. Video of the brawl is being seen worldwide, and leaving a blemish on a good football game. The video shows rowdy fans — representing both the Chiefs and Raiders — fighting in the stadium’s upper deck. One Chiefs fan told FOX 4’s Sean McDowell it was […]

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    Independence man who survived Pearl Harbor vividly remembers mayhem surrounding the attack

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The bombing at Pearl Harbor continued for nearly two hours — and one man from the metro was there. His vivid memories of the attack are stories he’s still sharing today. You’d never know that 75 years have passed if you have a chat with Navy veteran and Independence resident Earl Wambaugh. He’s now 96 years old and remembers 1941 vividly, and his days of working as a third-class gunner’s mate on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, which was […]

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    Missouri lawmaker wants businesses held accountable if violence occurs where guns are prohibited

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker wants to hold businesses accountable when they don’t allow customers carrying guns. Nick Schroer, a newly-elected state representative from the St. Louis area, says gun owners are, at times, living in fear. House Bill 96, which Schroer is driving, would allow gun owners to sue merchants that don’t permit guns if they’re assaulted while doing business there. If Schroer’s bill becomes Missouri law, places like libraries, churches, and movie theaters would be open […]

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    Woman hoping to sell iPhone for Christmas gifts ripped off by thief outside a KC Family Dollar

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — It was gone in an instant. The victim of a Monday morning robbery says the man she’d met online seemed trustworthy, but instead, he took her cell phone and ran. Police welcome online buyers and sellers to do business at safe places, like police and fire stations. One person from Parkville told FOX 4 News she wishes she’d have known that. “Well, that sucked today,” Alex Kreek said. An evening of regret comes after a morning of […]

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    Virtual reality sends Lee’s Summit students to faraway places without ever leaving the library

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — School field trips used to involve students loading onto a bus. Not anymore. One school system in the metro is using Google’s new virtual reality system, transporting students to faraway places. Show and tell has a whole new meaning. Students at Pleasant Lea Middle School in Lee’s Summit are getting a look inside Google Cardboard, a new virtual reality viewer that’s taking them to faroff places. “Look over here,” Andy Pfeifer, a seventh grade teacher, told […]

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    Kansas City police identify robbery suspect shot and killed near 9th and Van Brunt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police shot and killed a robbery suspect they say reached for a gun during a traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon. Police say their drug taskforce was working in a neighborhood at 9th and Van Brunt, and they stopped the driver in question to ask about a series of robberies. Sergeant Kari Thompson says their exchange went fine until that driver tried to grab his gun, and officer working in plainclothes defended themselves. Sgt. Thompson […]

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    Two men confess to setting blaze after Richmond home goes up in flames

    RICHMOND, Mo. — Neighbors in one Ray County city can’t believe it. A Thanksgiving week fire is getting attention after two men confessed to setting the blaze, torching their own home. People living in Richmond say it all began with a loud explosion. Police say the house fire on Hill Avenue was intentionally set, and two of the home’s residents have confessed to starting it. Richmond sits along Highway 210, about an hour outside downtown Kansas City. “The gasline just […]

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    Contractor partially buried in trench collapse freed by firefighters, transported to hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City firefighters have freed the contractor that became buried up to his waist in a trench collapse along Monroe Avenue Wednesday. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 11:42 a.m. A tweet from the Kansas City Fire Department describes the rescue as a result of  a ‘direct collapse’ in an area with mud. The trench was described as 12-feet deep. The contractor was described as alert without any serious physical injuries during the trench rescue efforts. […]

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    School district kicks kids out of school they have been attending for two years

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Her kids haven’t been to school in nearly three weeks, and she says there’s nothing she can do about it. A parent in the Turner Unified School District says her kids aren’t welcome. Roche Garcia, a mother of four, says the school system determined the family doesn’t actually live within the district, even they eat and sleep five minutes away from classrooms. “It’s horrible. I don’t want anyone to go through this. It affects kids’ lives,” […]

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    Online customers near and far keep metro merchants busy on Cyber Monday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The cash flow from Cyber Monday benefits companies in the metro as well. That includes small businesses, which depend on occasions like this for a big payday. Phones rang as orders poured in on Monday. Local businesses in the metro are flooded with orders on Cyber Monday. Some merchants told FOX 4 News they’re doing business with customers as far away as Japan. Step inside the offices at Christopher Elbow Chocolates, and you can see Cyber […]

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    NBA superstar LeBron James gives Shawnee Mission North basketball players an unforgettable surprise

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The season of gift-giving is here. A metro high school basketball team received presents they’ll never forget, and they came from an NBA superstar. Shoes are stealing the show at Shawnee Mission North High School, where young players aim to follow in the footsteps of legends. Boys on the Indians varsity basketball team are one step closer. A season ago, the Indians (21-4) slammed their way to their first state championship since 1953. Imagine their surprise, […]

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    For 16 years, Thanksgiving guests have signed tablecloth in Clinton, Mo. home

    CLINTON, Mo. — It’s many family’s central hub for the holiday. One home in the metro sees the Thanksgiving dinner table as a record of family history, with a tablecloth that’s become a social media hit. What started as a simple Thanksgiving gesture is now a record of family history. Deb Mills from Clinton, Mo. first used this special tablecloth back in 2001, and asked that all her Thanksgiving dinner guests sign it with a pen. “We have 16 years […]