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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 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
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Recent Articles
  • Mayor James hopes reading program encourages dads to spend more time with kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Time spent waiting for a haircut could be valuable. Kansas City’s mayor is promoting a program encouraging fathers to spend time reading to their children with free childrens’ books in some area barber shops. Dads in Kansas City — pick up a book and spend some time with your kids. That’s the message from Mayor Sly James, who is sponsoring a program called Dads Turn the Page. Neighborhood barbershops, like 180-V Salon at 18th and Vine, […]

  • Community leaders hope improved Historic Northeast KC storefronts draw in more customers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sometimes, you can judge a book by its cover. That’s the feeling in one Kansas City neighborhood, where community leaders are helping local business owners improve the look of their storefronts. One community leader told FOX 4 News they’re moving minds while they’re moving dirt. The Facade Rebate Program is sponsored by the Northeast Neighborhood Community Improvement District. It’s designed to help business operators improve their storefronts, in hopes of bringing more customers through the doors. […]

  • Film makers from L.A. scout KC to use as backdrop for film

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is getting ready for its closeup. We’re not Hollywood, but we’re getting some Hollywood hype as movie-makers use our city as their backdrops. It’s a city, that, in movie terms, is under-shot. The Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association says since last October, it’s assisted 90 movie crews as they compile their work here in Kansas City. A working lunch at Dagwood’s Diner on Southwest Boulevard serves as a stopover for filmmaking duo David […]

  • Royals success a big hit for metro apparel merchants

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a baseball weekend that will have the entire Show-Me-State’s attention. The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals are renewing an old rivalry in the I-70 series this weekend in three games that are nearly sold out. When these two teams meet, it’s always in fashion. Kansas City and St. Louis are old rivals, dating back to their matchup in the 1985 World Series. Big hits on the field are yielding a hit in the […]

  • Union Station kicks off Gridiron Glory exhibit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s pro football history roots run deep. Pigskin enthusiasts get a taste of NFL lore beginning this week. Union Station welcomes in the “Gridiron Glory” exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Part of the display deals with the NFL’s all-time greats, some of it also addresses Kansas City’s pro football pride. Opening night at the exhibit features a flare for modern layout, while showing an appreciation for pro football’s past. […]

  • Mongols Missouri leader says there is nothing to fear from club’s gathering this weekend

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — They’re not the outlaws they’re made out to be. That’s the viewpoint of the leader of a “one-percenter” motorcycle club, which has drawn recent scorn from Clay County residents over plans for a weekend bike party. “The whole thing has been overblown,” Mongol Gary, Missouri leader for the Mongols Motorcycle Club, told FOX 4 News on Thursday night. His club is planning a weekend get-together in Excelsior Springs this weekend, a gathering that was first reported […]

  • Excelsior Springs prepares for motorcycle club’s visit this weekend

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. – They’re called the “Mongols Motorcycle Club” — a self-professed ‘one percenter’ gang, which according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is responsible for drug deals and murders. The motorcycle club will use The Elms Hotel and Spa as their lodging, beginning this Friday night. Captain Clint Reno with the Excelsior Springs Police Department says he recently attended a meeting with a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, which is based in California, but has members coast-to-coast. […]

  • Despite more than $1 million in fire damage, Olathe business owner vows speedy recovery

    OLATHE, Kan. — One store owner in Johnson County says his business won’t miss a beat. That assurance comes after a Sunday evening fire, which, according to investigators, leaves his popular store with over $1 million in damage. Gary Roles says he’s never been through anything like this. He’s co-owned Olathe T-Shirt and Trophy since 1981, and he’s positive his company will bounce back from a fire that left his business as a burned-up mess. “It’s one of those things […]

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    Mother duck & ducklings take shortcut to creek through hallways of Prairie Village church

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Nearly every year for the past 22 years, members of the Village Presbyterian Church have enjoyed a mallard duck mother who nests in their courtyard.  Unfortunately, the courtyard is toward the front of the church, while the creek they need after they hatch, is behind the church. So nearly every year, after the ducklings hatch, the church staff opens the doors and guides momma duck and her little ones into the hallways and out the door closest to […]

  • Budget cuts could cost paraprofessional positions in Tonganoxie schools

    TONGANOXIE, Kan. — The fallout from budget cuts to Kansas’ education system continues. School board members in Tonganoxie held a special meeting on Thursday night in light of potential job cuts pertaining to positions held by tutors and classroom aides. The meeting, held at Tonganoxie High School, grew spirited at times. What’s at stake for families of students in Tonganoxie Public Schools is classroom instruction and student support. Paraprofessionals employed by the district — classroom aides and tutors — may […]

  • Demolition begins on KC motel that police say had become a ‘magnet for crime’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — It’s a piece of Kansas City lore some residents could do without — and now it’s gone. Residents in the city’s Historic Northeast looked on as the Motel Capri was torn down on Wednesday morning. Some people living in the metro think of it as a landmark that fell into the wrong hands. “I’m glad to see it gone.” Those words came from a neighbor living just down Independence Avenue from the old motel, which had […]

  • Student tip during sweep leads to confiscation of narcotics near Kearney High School

    KEARNEY, Mo. — Students at Kearney High School tell FOX 4 News two high school students have used social media and text messages to offer marijuana-based cookies to classmates. A spokesperson for the Kearney Police Department says police got a tip from a student during a routine K-9 sweep last Friday. That student told police about two other students in possession of illegal drugs. One Kearney student said the two 11th-graders were using social media as well as group text […]