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 giant seven-year old golf and basketball prodigy affectionately known as “Moose,” a 23-pound cat named Ringo, and a beautiful Scottish Terrier named Maggie.

Sean’s email address – sean.mcdowell@wdaftv4.com
Sean’s Facebook profile – http://www.facebook.com/seanmcdowellfox4kc
Call Sean directly with your story ideas! 816-868-5543


Recent Articles
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    ‘Freak accident’ kills beloved KCK man trying to start his car

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man was killed Tuesday morning when his vehicle, which he was trying to start, rolled over him. The accident happened at the intersection of 10th and Washington just after 6 a.m. The victim has been identified as is Cleo Williams Senior. According to a spokesperson for the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department Williams was having difficulties starting his vehicle so he placed his cane on the brake pedal of his vehicle after putting it into drive. Williams then got out […]

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    Years-long wait for business revival in Red Bridge community coming to an end

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The long wait is over. Residents in the Red Bridge community in South Kansas City say they’re waited over a decade for new businesses in their shopping center, and now, their local strip center gets a boost. Elected officials describe it as being like a comeback. Business leaders hosted a community rally on Friday morning, making public plans for a series of new tenants in the old shopping center, which is nearly six decades old. “What […]

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    Graduation season is triple the fun for one KC family

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One metro family has three reasons to be proud. Graduation season comes with a triple-dose of success, as multiple members of their family get their diplomas. People attending Ruskin High School’s recent graduation ceremony might have noticed a common theme: the name Brown. Ruskin’s 2016 graduation class included 299 graduates, three of whom are the Brown triplets, La’Nai, La’Trell and La’Tia, all of whom walked the Ruskin stage last Thursday night. Photos from a long-awaited celebration […]

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    Fire district serves warning after hoverboard ignites in Platte County home

    PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — Fire officials continue to warn consumers about hoverboards — the popular toys which were purchased by millions of people at the holidays. Officials say they are a fire hazard. A hoverboard caught fire on Tuesday night, waking up the family that owned it with a popping noise. Fortunately their house near Riss Lake can be saved. Dean Cull — the Southern Platte Fire District’s Chief — says the fire ignited without warning. The family had plugged […]

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    Little league pitcher avoids injury with split second snag

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All it took was a split second. Parents and players in one metro baseball league are still buzzing about a weekend play, when a young pitcher narrowly avoided injury, and made an incredible catch. 12-year old Logan Broyles said he never saw the ball coming. This past Sunday, he was pitching for his team, the Regal Athletic KC Sluggers as they played in a tournament in Liberty. His 2-1 pitch in the third inning with […]

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    Standoff at south KC motel ends peacefully

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police were at the scene of an Operation 100 on Tuesday afternoon near 118th and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Police dispatchers told FOX 4 that a man at a motel was threatening to take his life, and is armed with some kind of weapon. The address police were sent to comes back to the American Best Value Inn and Suites. A police spokesperson says that officers originally responded on a report of car thefts at about 3 p.m., and that a […]

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    Trailer loaded with tools and camping gear stolen from boy scouts

    KANSAS CITY, Mo – They’re known for helping people who are in need. Now, a Boy Scout troop from the metro needs the public’s assistance after a trailer filled with their tools and camping gear was stolen during the weekend. Scout leaders in the metro told FOX 4 News it’s a case of thieves stealing dreams from children. A 7 by 14-foot utility trailer loaded with gear belonging to Boy Scout Troop 62 was stolen from a church parking lot […]

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    New mask aims to guard kids behind the plate from catching a concussion

    LENEXA, Kan. — It’s one of the biggest watchwords in youth sports — concussions. A new catcher’s mask promises to keep young baseball players safer, using state-of-the-art technology to guard against injuries to the head. Youth baseball catchers are in the direct line of fire, since they sit so close to the action. One current big league baseball player says the new mask could keep young people safer. Atlanta Braves backup catcher Tyler Flowers knows the impact when a batted […]

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    One of three children left home alone in Old Northeast hospitalized with burns

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Calamity rang out in one Old Northeast neighborhood on Thursday. Police say three children were left alone in their home near the intersection of N. Lawndale Avenue and Saida Avenue, when a fire started in the house’s kitchen. One of those three children suffered significant burns to his shoulder, according to Kansas City Police spokesperson Sgt. Kari Thompson. Neighbors told FOX 4 News the fire began when one of the three children tried cooking something in […]

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    53-year-old man labeled person of interest in death of 44-year-old Shawnee woman

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Shawnee police are seeking the public’s help to locate a person of interest in a recent homicide case. Police say they’d like to speak with Gregory Wright, 53,  about the death of Monica Lee. According to Shawnee police, Wright was possibly living at Arbor Square Apartments with Lee in the apartment where her body was found. As of Wednesday afternoon, Lee’s 2004 four-door Honda Civic with Kansas tags 345 EYD was still missing. Lee’s Brother, Carl Foote, told […]

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    44-year-old Shawnee woman found dead, vehicle missing; roommate found safe

    SHAWNEE, Kan. – Neighbors’ worries and worst fears about a missing woman turned out to be true when Shawnee police found the 44-year-old woman dead in her home. Police tell FOX 4 News they’re treating Monica Lee’s death as a homicide. Officers found Lee’s body in her apartment on Monday at the Arbor Square Apartments. Major Dan Tennis said that Lee had lived at the apartments for at least two years. Lee hadn’t been heard from since Saturday — when […]

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    Cleaning gutters crucial for homes as heavy rains hit KC

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Stormy weather takes it toll. Sunday’s heavy rain is creating clogged gutters for some homeowners, resulting in a sense of urgency to get them cleared before more rain falls. When those gutters and downspouts on your home get crowded with debris that falls out of trees, rainwater has to go somewhere. Installation crews from gutter companies in the metro like the Gutter Cover KC are busy cleaning and installing all day long. Company owner Doug Stacye says […]