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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 – http://www.facebook.com/seanmcdowellfox4kc
Call Sean directly with your story ideas! 816-868-5543


Recent Articles
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    Lee’s Summit scientists on the cutting edge in the fight against Zika

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Researchers in the metro are helping Zika patients attack the virus early. Local scientists in Lee’s Summit are involved in revolutionary new testing. Answers to that worldwide health concern are being sought at Viracor IBT Laboratories, where researchers have been given permission by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to run tests for this serious infection. Bodily fluids from patients being seen at various hospitals come into the lab, and a team of researchers break down […]

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    Metro foster teens visit White House, leaving inspired to achieve dreams of higher education

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was the trip of a lifetime for two foster teens from the metro. They spent the week meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama along with other at-risk teens. It could prove to be a life-changing experience. Where society has presented obstacles, Cornerstones of Care has given opportunities to foster youth in the metro. Two of that mentoring program’s participants, Tyra Collins and Leanna Sego, are just back from a trip to our nation’s capital, where […]

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    Chiefs gear up for preseason training camp

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ten days from now, Chiefs fans celebrate their New Year’s Day. Preseason training camp begins next Saturday on the campus of Missouri Western University in St. Joseph. The migration to training camp is already underway. The task is huge. As Kansas City Chiefs equipment managers load up for camp, they’re given the task of making St. Joe feel exactly like One Arrowhead Drive. Chiefs Head Equipment Manager Allen Wright has 45 people involved in a four-day […]

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    Family says loss of Excelsior Springs couple has left them with heartache that won’t fade

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — Two families from the Northland say this weekend’s bad news caught them off guard. That’s when a couple from Excelsior Springs died in a crash, leaving their small children without parents. They’d been a couple since their days in school. The families of Joey Chamberlain and Nora Evans say they plan to bury the couple together. It was this past Saturday morning at 5:41 a.m., according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Relatives say Chamberlain and Evans were return […]

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    Kansas City residents show support for police after violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The metro offers shows of support after weeks of violence. Kansas Citians displayed their support for police, as well as concerns over acts of violence involving law enforcement officers. The latest such event came on Sunday, when three Baton Rouge, Louisiana officers were killed in the line of duty. Monday evening marks the annual Law Enforcement Night at Kauffman Stadium, as the Royals prepared to face the Cleveland Indians. The Royals organization planned to recognize the […]

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    Wounded veteran gets new home in Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — They risk everything while defending our nation. On Saturday morning, one wounded U.S.  military veteran gets something back, as he’s given the keys to a brand new home. The home of the brave is his sacred treasure, to be certain. Disabled U.S. Marine Sgt. Dustin Johns hails from the metro, growing up in Odessa, and now, residing in Lee’s Summit. In November 2011 while serving our nation in Afghanistan, he suffered severe injuries, costing him both […]

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    Restoration efforts renewed to preserve Johnson County cemetery

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — It’s a piece of Sunflower State history hidden in a Johnson County neighborhood. Think of it as a resting place surrounded by suburbia. There’s a renewed effort to preserve an old cemetery, where many of the metro’s founding fathers are buried. It’s a historical site in Johnson County with history dating back to the 1860’s. The Highlands Cemetery has been on a small tract of land off 65th Street for roughly 150 years and despite the […]

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    Hosmer crushed a ball at All-Star game so hard it tattooed his bat with the ball

    SAN DIEGO — With one mighty swing, Eric Hosmer cemented his place as All-Star MVP. And when we say ‘mighty,’ we mean it. Hosmer’s nickname, “The Champ,” had been etched into the barrel of the bat, but after one mighty blast during batting practice at the All-Star game, it had a new stamp. Left imprinted on the bat, (backwards) was the ball’s logo: ALL-STAR FUTURES GAME. When you literally tattoo a baseball, it goes to the @baseballhall. (via MLB Fans) https://t.co/cBMHXUcnHf […]

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    Residents upset after neighborhood hit with multiple robberies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Neighbors in one south Kansas City area say they’re fed up. They say teenagers are robbing people and terrorizing their own neighborhood. Neighbors say it’s happening off Hickman Mills Drive and 80th Street and it has to stop. Two residents described for FOX 4 News a mugging on a busy street and a burglary in broad daylight, in which neighbors told police they saw teenagers stealing large items from a home. “They were probably robbing somebody […]

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    Community divided over apartment complex development plan at 17th and Madison

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Not in my backyard. That’s how some west side residents feel about a plan to level an old warehouse in Kansas City, and use tax dollars to sweeten the developer’s deal. Residents in that blue collar neighborhood say they want new development, but they say they want it done the right way, and without huge tax subsidies. This old west side warehouse hasn’t been actively used in decades. It’s where local developer ERC Real Estate says […]

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    ‘Larger-than-life’ metro philanthropist Del Dunmire laid to rest

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Metro philanthropist Del Dunmire was laid to rest on Friday evening. People in Harrisonville are among those who remember him as being a larger-than-life character. Dunmire, who grew up poor in an eastern Pennsylvania mining town, spent most of his life in the Kansas City area building a fortune. It’s been said Dunmire lived his life like a shooting star. The 82-year old millionaire philanthropist passed away on Tuesday morning after battling illness. It was October 1958, […]

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    With many construction projects ongoing, KDOT urges drivers to to ‘zipper merge’

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Share the road. That’s what the Kansas Department of Transportation is telling drivers to do, as crews work on 69 Highway and many other spots around town. The Kansas Department of Transportation is promoting zipper merging – a quicker method of merging on a busy interstate that keeps traffic moving while converging into a single lane. When two lanes of traffic meet as one on a busy highway, accidents can happen. KDOT is familiar with this and its workers […]