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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
  • Royals in play for postseason for first time since groundskeeper began Kauffman tenure

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It couldn’t get much bigger for the Kansas City royals. This weekend’s series against the Detroit Tigers could decide whether or not they go to the playoffs, a position the Royals haven’t been in for 29 years. FOX 4’s Sean McDowell has this report from Kauffman Stadium about groundskeeper Trevor Vance, who has spent many years toiling since that last playoff appearance, but will be the first to tell you he has the greatest job in […]

  • Blue Springs defensive end tackles opponents on and off the gridiron

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Lee’s Summit High School hits the road to make a short drive to Blue Springs for the FOX 4 Game of the Week. Those athletes know that sometimes to win football games, a player must first overcome his own limitations. One Blue Springs player fights through a serious condition, while continuing to make tackles for his team. When people say nothing stands in Adam Wingate’s way, they mean it. Number 21 is more than lucky, he’s […]

  • Online system for Royals playoff tickets struggles to keep pace with demand

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thursday was a day Kansas City Royals baseball fans have anticipated for years. Tickets for three potential postseason games went on sale for the general public. One Royals official told FOX 4 that Thursday was the largest influx of online ticket sales in club history, even more so than for Opening Day or the All-Star Game back in 2012. This team hasn’t made the playoffs since 1985, and many fans who bought their tickets online Thursday […]

  • Area high schools introduce Guardian Caps to protect football players from concussions

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Preventing concussions is one of the most serious issues to hit high school sports in years. And one Jackson County school likes what it’s seeing from a product designed to reduce football related concussions. The coaches at Lee’s Summit North High School say they want to take any steps they can to give players a chance for extra protection. The school has been adding gear called the Guardian Cap to standard helmets during practices for a […]

  • Family seeks justice and answers for their murdered loved one

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family in east Kansas City is mourning and demanding justice. Relatives of 25-year-old Terez Racy are seeking answers; only one day after Racy was shot and killed. Police say Racy, a father of one, was killed outside an apartment building at 38th and Garfield around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. It’s a sense of emptiness Racy’s family cannot describe, as they seek answers as to who might have shot him. “He was not just a brother,” […]

  • Rival Blue Valley football teams raising money for retired teacher facing ALS

    STILWELL, Kan. –Football players from Blue Valley High and Blue Valley West can relate to each other. They both enter Friday night’s matchup with unbeaten records — not to mention a friend in common, who is facing the battle of her life. The dividing line between two football rivals matters less. Instead, paying tribute to a sick friend takes center stage. Dena Highberger’s days as a teacher and coach weren’t so long ago. She spent 15 years on staff at Blue Valley […]

  • New scholarship honors late Terri LaManno, killed in Jewish center attacks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been nearly five months since a lone gunman targeted victims at two South Overland Park Jewish centers. Three people died in those attacks on April 13th. A new scholarship aims to keep the memory of one of those victims alive. Terri LaManno had two passions in life — her family and helping visually impaired children. Before LaManno was killed in the April shooting outside the Village Shalom Retirement Community, she worked as an occupational therapist […]

  • Woodbridge Lane victims George and Ann Taylor pass after being taken off life support

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — George and Ann Taylor have  passed away after being taken off life support Thursday, Sept. 9. George was 80 and Ann was 86. The couple are among five people, who prosecutors say, crossed paths with Brandon Howell, 34, on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in the area of One Woodbridge Lane in South Kansas City. Police and prosecutors say Howell shot and killed Lorene Hurst, 88, her son, Darrel Hurst, 63 and neighbor Susan Choucroun, 69, when they […]

  • Nine-year-old fighting cancer honored by friends with his own superhero day

    OLATHE, Kan. – One area elementary school transformed into superhero central for a day. On Monday students at Ravenwood Elementary School showed up in capes and costumes, to remind one nine-year-old cancer patient that he’s their hero. Signs around the school hallways point to love and super friends willing to help. The hum of the cafeteria at the school isn’t the same without fourth grader Noah Taber. Since mid-July, the Taber has been fighting a form of leukemia. Several of […]

  • Football team inspired by equipment manager with rare disorder

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Blue Valley Northwest’s football players never have to look far for inspiration. The Huskies have one performer who performs his role like a champion. His name is A.J. Fuller. “I’ll tell you, I love these guys,” A.J. said about the football team. Seventeen-year-old A.J. was born with a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia. His dad, John, says A.J. was born with 90 percent of a key brain component missing. “When he was born, we were told he’d […]

  • Should drone photography be allowed at high school sporting events?

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — One local school district is confronting the issue of drone photography on campus grounds. Shawnee Mission School District administrators confirmed they’ve received a request from a photographer to fly an unmanned drone over a high school football game in their district. Lance Nash has strong opinions about this. He operates a company called Hex FX Aerials out of his residence in Raytown, Mo., and he’s used his hexcopter to record some incredible sights around the metro. […]

  • FOX 4 Hy-Vee Game of the Week features two top ranked teams

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Our FOX 4 Hy-Vee Game of the Week features two top ranked teams ranked teams in Missouri. One of them feels like it has some unfinished business, even though it went 11-1 last season. The boys at Fort Osage have their work cut out for them Friday night. They host a Blue Springs team that won its 24th consecutive game last Friday night in beating Staley. The Indians are also undefeated, after an opening week win over Raytown […]