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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
Sean's Facebook profile - www.facebook.com/seanmcdowellfox4kc
Call Sean directly with your story ideas! 816-868-5543


Recent Articles
  • Liberty school using ‘Buddy Bench’ to encourage inclusion among students

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The more, the merrier. Educators say that old adage doesn’t always apply on the elementary school playgrounds. It’s an idea that’s gone from Pinterest to the playground at one Liberty elementary school. The Buddy Bench is more that just a fixture on the playground. It’s a safe haven, where kids who are bored or lonely can go to seek a friend or someone to play with. Second grade teacher Joan Paluso saw the idea online, and asked […]

  • Liberty football star adopted from Haitian orphanage avoided ’10 earthquake

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Most high school football players are glad to see the 2014 season begin. Playing sports in the United States might mean a little extra to one of Liberty High School’s two-way stars. Not a single huddle is taken for granted. Liberty junior wide receiver/kicker/kick returner Josh Watson knows he’s fortunate to be alive. Eleven years ago, Watson was adopted from a Haitian orphanage in the city of Port-Au-Prince. His American family rescued him from a country that […]

  • Former military members 50 percent more likely to get ALS

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — There’s been a flood of online attention for people suffering from ALS –“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”– thanks to those ubiquitous ice bucket videos. Researchers say military veterans are among the most susceptible to the disease, and no one can explain why. Blue Springs native Bill Grimm and his family say doctors gave him a year — or maybe two — to live after his diagnosis with ALS. That was late 1979, and he had just completed his […]

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    Internet names St. Joe mall commercial worst ad ever made

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — No such thing as bad publicity? You be the judge. The popular site Reddit has recently named a commercial produced in St. Joseph, Mo., promoting back-to-school shopping as the worst in history. The off-key singing, bad beat boxing and awkward attempts at enthusiasm caught the attention of critics, and now the commercial is being seen by hundreds of thousands but for all the wrong reasons. CLICK HERE for Backpack girl’s “spin off” video.

  • Family of woman in fatal bus fall settles with bus company

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bus company involved in the deadly accident of Jamie Frecks has settled with her family for an undisclosed amount. A statement released by Shamburg, Johnson & Bergman, the firm representing Frecks’ family, said in part: “The case against one of the corporate defendants has settled for an undisclosed amount. The case against the other defendants resulted in judgments of $6.78 million. Part of that amount has been satisfied from Midnight Express’ insurance coverage. We are now […]

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    Friends remember beloved Washburn librarian killed while biking

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Washburn University community is mourning the loss of a beloved librarian, killed Wednesday while riding his bike in a rural area near his home near Lawrence, Kan. Friends say 60-year-old Cal Melick loved students and riding his bicycles the most. Fellow faculty members Alan Bearman and Sean Bird say Melick had worked at Washburn University for 30 years and was always the first to help a student in need. “Rarely do you find someone who may […]

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    “American Idol” judges impressed by Kansas City talent

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The path to “American Idol” fame goes through Kansas City. For the second straight day, the celebrity judges were in town looking for finalists for the upcoming season of the show. It’s 14th season will be seen on FOX 4 in January. There is talent everywhere — and it’s just waiting to be discovered. “American Idol” producers say that’s their mission, and it includes bringing their celebrity judges to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall. The show’s panel […]

  • American Idol judges in Kansas City, contestants line up to perform

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An audition to perform on “American Idol” is a moment that can change a singer’s life forever. Judges from the FOX show are at Bartle Hall giving golden tickets to deserving performers. Singers waited in lines since early Wednesday morning — all for a chance to be the next American Idol. The show has been a reality television phenomenon since 2002. It has been seen by millions of viewers and launched recording careers for dozens of […]

  • Braden’s Hope sports calendar helps kids with cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It could be a big night for the hottest team in baseball. Another victory will run the Royals’ winning streak to nine in a row. The Royals have won 16 of their last 19 games. Players we spoke with on Tuesday love the winning streak — the longest streak currently alive in baseball — but it means more to them to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. Braden Hofen is the face behind ‘Braden’s Hope.’ […]

  • Lawrence family visited by mother bobcat, three bobcat kittens

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — One backyard in Lawrence is becoming a wild kingdom. Members of the Coleman family say they couldn’t believe their eyes when another family moved in unexpectedly. Chris Coleman and his family say they’re fortunate. Not everyone gets the firsthand look at the animal kingdom they’re getting in their own backyard. Coleman says he and his wife and two children looked onto their back deck on Wednesday morning to find four wild bobcats slinking around. “I heard a […]

  • Local artist uses moments of impact to draw out emotion of sports

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs fans are hoping the team creates a masterpiece that ends in a Super Bowl victory! The Chiefs began its preseason Thursday, hoping to turn the 2014 regular season into a work of art. One lifelong Chiefs fan is doing just that, putting his football fandom in galleries for all to appreciate. Pro football and art don’t often cross paths, unless Chris Sembower’s visions are on the gallery wall. Sembower is a designer and […]

  • Lee’s Summit youth league bucking national trend with high football turnout

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Football’s overall head count is in decline nationally, as parents elect to steer clear of injury to their kids. However, that’s not the case in one Lee’s Summit youth football league. While enrollment in other leagues is down, the number of players in the Lee’s Summit Football Association has grown from being around 800 in 2013 to more than 850 for this season. League Commissioner Tom Benassi says his coaches have introduced flag football for players […]