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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
  • Royals attendance up, but so are complaints about rowdy fans at the K

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been a party all year long at Kauffman Stadium as the Royals keep on winning—but some fans seem to be taking the good times too far. As attendance soars toward all-time highs, there have been more complaints about bad behavior in the stadium beer lines. The incidents have increased to a point where on social media some fans say they’ll never go back to the K. Royals Vice President Toby Cook says that the team is […]

  • West Side sidewalks in rough shape.

    West Side residents say aging sidewalks are becoming dangerous

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’re falling through the cracks. People living in Kansas City’s West Side neighborhood complain their sidewalks are unsafe in many locations, and in turn, causing people to get hurt while tripping over jagged concrete. Walk down many streets west of Interstate 35, and you’ll see sidewalks in disrepair. People who live in the West Side say their streets aren’t safe to walk on, and they want to know why city officials aren’t helping more. When it […]

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Variety Children’s Charity hosts special Royals fantasy camp at the “Little K”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s turning into another unforgettable season at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals expanded their lead in the American League Central standings with last night’s win, and yet, there’s still time for a helping hand for some special fans. The defending American League champs aren’t failing to impress. Their three-game series with Pittsburgh ends on Wednesday night, but the best moments on the diamond came before the game began, as several Royals superstars made fantasies come true for […]

  • Price of wheat rises due to saturating summer rains

    BASEHOR, Kan. — Get your checkbooks ready because you may be paying more for certain food items. The effects of this wet summer may soon hit you in the pocketbook, as this rain soaked season is causing the market price of wheat to rise. That, in turn, may cause your grocery bill to go up. Everything looked great on metro wheat farms until early May. Stephen Tuttle says he had a promising wheat crop in the ground, when the weather […]

  • Tree crashes down on Independence family’s home with mom and toddler inside

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A morning filled with stormy skies and heavy rain takes its toll on a family’s home. It means some major clean up for a metro family, after high winds send a huge oak tree into the roof of their home. Neighbors near the intersection of South Farley Terrance and Roberts Street told FOX 4 News Monday it sounded like a bomb went off. Heavy wind blew through that section of west Independence, uprooting the big tree, and […]

  • KCMO approves minimum wage hike to $13 an hour by 2020.

    KCMO City Council OK’s minimum wage hike to $13 an hour by 2020

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Minimum wage workers in Kansas City, Missouri, are in line to get a raise, as the City Council on Thursday approved a measure to hike the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour over the next five years. The current minimum wage is $7.65 an hour. That will increase to $8.50 an hour starting on August 24th. The move, approved by a 12-1 vote, was met with celebration by many low-wage earners. “This was a […]

  • Cass County woman wants to warn others of recent scam

    BELTON, Mo. — A disabled woman from Cass County says it seemed like the financial lift she needed. Instead, an offer to use her family’s minivan as a rolling billboard yields a fraudulent check. It’s not uncommon to see private automobiles turned into advertising pieces, shrink-wrapped all around with a corporate logo. That’s the offer Belton native Amanda Graves, 32, says she applied for, having seen an ad on social media. Graves says a paycheck showed up in her mailbox […]

  • SM East High School student comes home power hitting hero after Junior Home Run Derby

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Major League Baseball’s annual Home Run Derby shows what the long ball can do, and one high school slugger from the metro got his chance to shine; claiming his own piece of All-Star history. Shawnee Mission East High School’s Joey Wentz is coming home as a power hitting hero. The trip of a lifetime took him to the same stage as MLB’s all stars are using: Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. Time after time, Wentz flew […]

  • Suspect accused in string of thefts in historic KC neighborhood finally behind bars

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Monday a man, who broke into people’s homes while they slept, is in jail, accused of stealing from numerous homes in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast neighborhood. People living in that old neighborhood near the Kansas City Museum say they can go back to resting easily at night, now that a man accused of multiple break-ins in the neighborhood has been arrested. Police say Robert L. Brown, 42, is behind a string of burglaries at homes in […]

  • Wet weather making life miserable for people working outdoors

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Who’ll stop the rain? One of the wettest two-month periods on record is making work harder. Many people living in the metro have seen enough rain to last the entire year, and it’s become a wet blanket for people who have to work outdoors. When work takes you into people’s yards, watching the weather feels like the turn of a screw. Don Jackson knows it all too well. He’s been in the heating and air […]

  • Royals fans feeling the loss of Alex Gordon

    KANSAS CITY, Mo, — It’s not the news Royals fans had hoped for. The American League Central leaders will be without All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon for two months while he rehabilitates a strained groin muscle. And Royals fans in attendance at Thursday’s home game at Kauffman Stadium say he will be hard to replace. When Royals fans take a seat in the left field stands at Kauffman Stadium, they’re sitting in a superstar’s backyard. The section just behind the […]

  • Mt. Washington Cemetery in recovery

    Mt. Washington Cemetery in recovery following high winds and rain

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A local landmark, where many of Kansas City’s founding fathers are buried, is in recovery mode due to damage from a week’s worth of strong storms. The past few days haven’t been so restful for workers and visitors at the Mt. Washington Cemetery, after high winds and heavy rain damaged key structures in that area. It’s been a trying time for managers at the historic cemetery. The storms the metro area have endured since late last week […]