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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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Call Sean directly with your story ideas! 816-868-5543

Recent Articles
  • Cass County residents survey damage following severe weather

    RAYMORE, Mo. — Randy Sehorn says that the Raymore neighborhood he loves has been wrecked. The Cass County resident lost a trailer in Wednesday’s storms, and nearly lost three family members in the process as a tornado tore through the area. He says that strong winds and heavy rains blew through the area as a warning sign, and the three family members living in the trailer started to get antsy. “My sister was scared,” said Sehorn. “She said, ‘”Randy, look […]

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    7-year-old Noah Wilson loses his battle with cancer

    OLATHE, Kan. — A seven-year-old Kansas boy whose fight against cancer and love of the Kansas City Royals drew national attention died Tuesday night. Noah Wilson of Olathe suffered from Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer. Noah had  recently learned that he had leukemia, and he began more chemotherapy Monday. “We are holding on tight to the memories of our precious boy. We miss him so much, but we are thankful that he is in no more pain and never had to endure […]

  • FEMA tours parts of Clay County to evaluate flood damage

    MOSBY, Mo. — Government officials spent Tuesday morning touring destruction in Clay County that resulted after the month of June delivered more flood damage than they’ve seen in over a decade. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s emergency manager for the Clay County region led the tour, which took a group of state and county officials from Mosby to Excelsior Springs to Smithville. During the tour, they addressed the very basics such as restoration of public roads and bridges. It seems like […]

  • Courtesy:  Her Life magazine

    Magazine features mother and son cancer survivors and their foundation that helps other sick kids

    OLATHE, Kan. — Take that cancer! Olathe’s Deliece Hofen has encouraged thousands of pediatric cancer patients with that message, and now, a magazine has made Braden’s Hope its cover story. Never give up. That’s Hofen’s mission through the Braden’s Hope Foundation, and now, it’s captured on the pages of this magazine. Just a mother and son being themselves. Flip through the pages of HerLife magazine, and that’s what you’ll find. HerLife photojournalist Heather Murrow captures the Hofens showing that cancer […]

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    Crews working through weekend to restore power to thousands following severe storms

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The cleanup is underway from a storm that left thousands of people without power. As of 8 p.m. Friday, Kansas City’s public officials say more than 48,000 residents are still in the dark, waiting for their electricity to come back to life. Kansas City Power and Light officials say they, along with city workers, have restored electricity to more than half of the homes that lost it. Thousands of KCP&L customers remain in the dark, including south […]

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    KCMO leaders, KCP&L address problems from Friday morning’s storm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City and metro utility companies are calling all hands on deck to put the pieces back together after a storm that left heavy damage in its wake and downed trees. City officials say this is the worst storm that’s hit KCMO in 13 years, with more than 40,000 damaged trees. The cleanup effort is not just in Kansas City, but across the metro. The storm wasn’t a tornado, but officials say it’s the worst Kansas […]

  • Grieving mom says son was gunned down in the prime of his life in KCK neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A living nightmare. That’s how the mother of a 21-year old man, gunned down in his own neighborhood, describes her new reality. Tracy Taylor says it’s been the hardest three days she’s ever known. On Thursday night, family and friends gathered on N. Third Street, in the very spot where Lonnie Mitchell, her son, was shot on Monday afternoon. A large crowd gathered for that vigil, as Mitchell’s family cried out for his killer to surrender to […]

  • Neighbors say persistent gas smell in KC neighborhood is impossible to escape, making them sick

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s something in the air in one east Kansas City neighborhood. Residents say it stinks in the South Roundtop neighborhood because the persistent smell of gasoline is making them sick. One resident in that historic neighborhood said he feels stuck there. Documents show neighbors have complained about a gasoline odor since 2006, and they say it’s causing them a lot of problems. They say it’s impossible to escape it – even while they’re sitting in their own […]

  • Poised passer leading team, breaking barriers at Liberty North High School

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Football has been called “a game of inches.” At one high school in the metro, it’s also a game of equality, as one football player steps across gender lines. Liberty North High’s freshman team leader sounds a little different, but when she throws the football, her passes are just as potent. This isn’t 14-year old Brooke Liebsch first step between the white lines. She’s spent the last six years playing Pop Warner youth football, learning the game with […]

  • Clay County deputies praised for saving two families stuck in high water

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Social media users are praising sheriff’s deputies in Clay County after the Sunday night rescue of two families trapped in a flooded area outside Excelsior Springs. One of the six people trapped in the water said it was one of the strangest things he’s ever seen. Excelsior Springs resident Zack Long said he and some friends had stopped on a rural section of 108th Street to chat. As they sat idle, Long says water began to […]

  • Kearney officers perform complicated rescue to save boy who suffered lengthy fall

    KEARNEY, Mo. — “We’re not heroes.” That’s what one Kearney police officer is saying after officers  rescued an 11-year-old boy who tumbled into a creek bed. Police say it was no simple task, forming a “bucket line” with other local first responders in pulling the pre-teen boy from the banks of Clear Creek on Thursday night. Dispatchers say their phones started to ring around 6:30 p.m., asking for help in rescuing an 11-year old boy who had been playing behind Mari Mac Golf Course. Kolbi […]

  • Metro churchgoers gather to pray for families impacted by Charleston church massacre

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Waves of remorse are spreading from that Wednesday night shooting in South Carolina. People in the metro gathered in prayer, asking for comfort for the families of nine people killed during a bible study in Charleston, South Carolina at a predominantly black church gathering. Prayers rose to the heavens from the Bethel African Methodist Church on Flora Street in east Kansas City, as about 100 local religious leaders led a spur-of-the-moment gathering. Thursday’s prayer vigil began […]