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.

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Recent Articles
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    Friends step up when man with disabilities who serves others needs a helping hand

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — It’s what friends are for. A metro man with disabilities has spent his life helping others, and now, his loved ones are coming to his rescue, helping him stay on the road. Freedom means everything to Lee’s Summit resident Barry Elbasani, and so does friendship. Elbasani, 42, has used a wheelchair since 2002, having survived a freak diving accident that left him with a severe spinal cord injury. The 14-year-old accessible van he uses to get […]

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    Kansas City leaders unveil new ride-sharing service aimed to provide wheels for downtown residents

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One driver’s convenience is another’s confusion. Owning a car can be a pain for people who live in downtown Kansas City, but now, there’s a new option to get non-car owners on the road. Downtown apartment dwellers complain there’s no place to park affordably. That’s one reason many of them pass on car ownership. City leaders lifted the veil on Zipcar on Monday afternoon, which is a new car-sharing service meant to rent wheels to urban […]

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    FOX 4 Game of the week between east and west rivals highlights prep report

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The high school football regular season for the two big classes in Kansas is over. The 5-A and 6-A teams open the first round of a new district format next Friday. So district seeding was on the line Friday night. Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission East locked up the top two seeds in 6-A. The Lancers lit up Shawnee Mission West. FOX 4’s Sean McDowell and Jason Lamb have the Game of the Week and Prep […]

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    Experts convene to discuss race relations at Kansas City forum

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They lived through the civil rights movement and now say it’s as if someone turned back the clock. A town hall meeting on race relations in the metro has one community leader saying conditions are as bad as before the civil rights movement. That statement came from Sister Rosemary Flanigan — a retired professor from the metro. Flanigan was also a participant in the legendary Selma march of 1965 — where black Americans demanded their right […]

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    Startling children’s book shows harsh realities many kids face every day

    A new children’s book is on shelves, sharing tales of abuse, hunger and crime against inner city kids. The authors, sadly, are the kids themselves. Here’s a bedtime story that’s meant to wake people up. “Welcome to My Neighborhood” is a new illustrated book that, at first glance, looks like the typical story that’s written for kids. But it’s not. The book is raw, harsh and visceral. “It catches your eye, and it’s disturbing,” Tiffany Lynch, co-founder at Youth Ambassadors, […]

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    City and police identify vacant homes used for criminal activity in effort to boost neighborhoods

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a combination that usually results in crime, Kansas City Police are helping city housing officials identify “the East Eight” — the eight most crime-ridden houses in each neighborhood identified by police as hot spots for violent crime. Police say the hope is to eliminate crime by taking away its breeding ground. Housing inspectors say Kansas City has over 15,000 vacant homes, which can provide squatters and other criminals a place to misbehave. The old two-story […]

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    Metro bumper sticker company working double duty to keep up with election demand

    LENEXA, Kan. — It all happens in just three weeks. As Americans count down to the presidential election, one company from Johnson County is turning potential votes into profits, mass-producing bumper stickers that are getting bi-partisan support. The 2016 presidential election season is proving to be a money-maker for Gill Studios, where the self-sticking label, the bumper sticker is in high demand. The company’s chairman of the board, Mark Gilman, says his printing presses have turned out roughly three million […]

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    VP candidate Tim Kaine comes home to attend 40th class reunion at Rockhurst

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They remember him when he was merely a high school kid. Democratic Vice Presidential hopeful Tim Kaine came home to Kansas City on Friday, attending his 40th class reunion at Rockhurst High School. Kaine graduated from the private Jesuit school in 1976. While visiting his old hometown, Kaine has a busy weekend lined up. On Friday he made a quick appearance at homecoming ceremonies, including the school’s football game. Kaine also attended an evening birthday dinner […]

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    Charity run intended to be fun takes a nightmarish traffic turn

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was meant to be a fall fun run. Instead, the Great Pumpkin Run charity 5K event turned into more of a Halloween nightmare, which, for the first time, chose Berkeley Riverfront Park as its course. Race organizers told FOX 4 News they never imagined huge crowds and a big traffic tie-up near the park, as some runners waited for over an hour to reach the starting line. “The line is, like, a mile long and […]

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    Olathe runner posts her best 5K time of season despite finishing race with one shoe in hand

    OLATHE, Kan. — Sometimes, the hardest opponent to beat lies within. That was the case for one metro cross country runner, but when the Olathe North High School athlete faced adversity, she battled through it. Just keep running. That’s Phoebe Fyffe’s solution to a problem she encountered during a recent cross country event, the Kansas City Classic. Her team of 70 cross country runners was competing in the event’s 5K race on October 1st, when another runner got too close to […]

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    TV crew captures life at metro exotic animal refuge

    GREENWOOD, Mo. —  Worldwide notoriety comes to Kansas City’s wildest kingdom. Monkey Island Rescue is known across the metro for keeping exotic animals safe, and now, the rest of the world will see that too. The apes have gone Hollywood. The bright lights of global television shine on Monkey Island Rescue, the exotic animal refuge that’s been in operation since 1996. Dana Savorelli, the center’s founder, and his staff are still chattering about Scaly Adventures. That’s an educational television show that’s […]

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    Raytown middle school girl gets tough on the football field

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — The gender barrier is being broken at one school in the metro. One middle school football player is proving she’s strong enough to play football against the guys, in addition to other high impact sports. At only 5 foot 3 inches, Elizia Garcia stands ten feet tall when she plays football. When the 14-year-old told coaches at Raytown South Middle School she wanted to grapple on the gridiron, those coaches knew they’d found a winner. The eighth grader […]