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 ten-year old golf and basketball prodigy affectionately known as “Moose,” and a 23-pound cat named Ringo.

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    One victim recovering from Olathe triple shooting remembered by UMKC professor as a sound student

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reactions to this week’s triple shooting in the metro continue to pour in for the victims. That includes feelings of relief from those who know that one man who survived Wednesday’s violence is doing much better. Alok Madasani and his friend, Srinivias Kuchibhotla, were socializing at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kan. on Wednesday. Police say Adam Purinton, 51, also from Olathe, started an argument with them, thinking they were Middle Easterners, but instead, both […]

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    American Girl chooses local teen songwriter to feature in video for new doll

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — They’re keepsakes that are loved by all ages. That’s certainly true for one songwriter from the metro, who’s singing the praises of the newest American Girl doll. Overland Park’s Kate Cosentino is using her music to inspire young girls. When she sings, music lovers tend to listen. One of Cosentino’s songs caught the ears of the dollmaker, as part of a promotion to produce songs for Tenney Grant, one of the company’s latest collectible dolls. Cosentino, […]

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    National Weather Service hosting seminars to turn storm enthusiasts into severe weather spotters

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Do you know what to do if severe weather strikes? While most of us take cover, storm spotters go rushing toward the twisters. Facilities like our FOX 4 Weather Center are decked out with sophisticated doppler equipment. However, it’s impossible to replace weather spotters, and the warnings they sound from the field. The National Weather Service has a special seminar for weather spotter training. There’s no cost for it, and it begins Tuesday night at 7 […]

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    Eyewitness says it was a miracle nobody was hurt in Blue Springs school bus fire

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Police have one person in custody for their suspected role in Thursday’s school bus fire. A resident’s cell phone video showed five students and a driver disembarking from that Blue Springs School District School Bus as it burned after school; no one was hurt in the blaze. Blue Springs Police Spokesperson Jennifer Dachenhausen told FOX 4 News one person is in custody, but she wouldn’t elaborate. Police say they believe the fire was intentionally set. “No […]

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    Belton Schools superintendent serves punishment warning following seventh school threat in February

    BELTON, Mo. — Threats of violence against two local schools have parents on edge — including one social media post that promised to “shoot up a school.” There’s enough concern that some parents are holding their kids out of extracurricular activities. District leaders in Belton say there have been seven threats, and one of those promised violence comparable to the mass shooting in Columbine. “Roses are red. Violets are blue. February 15th is going to be Columbine part two…” That’s […]

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    Doctors at Research Medical Center say that Blue Valley Coach Driskell has irreversible brain damage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro high school football coach remains on life support Tuesday after he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm on Sunday. Research Medical Center gave an update on Eric Driskell’s condition Tuesday afternoon, saying that he’s suffered irreversible brain damage. Doctor at Research Med Center says #EricDriskell remains on life support. Family exploring plans to donate his organs if need be. #fox4kc — Sean McDowell (@seanfox4kc) February 14, 2017 He coaches football and track at Blue Valley High […]

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    Seeking peace in a tragic time, Blue Valley Coach Driskell’s loved ones gather to pray for a miracle

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — A school community hopes and prays for a miracle, knowing a beloved coach is fighting an uphill battle to live. Blue Valley High School football coach Eric Driskell collapsed on Sunday and was placed on life support. Emergency workers rushed the popular coach to a hospital after doctors say he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm while dining with friends. The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood held a special prayer service on Monday. His family attends church […]

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    Blue Valley students and staff gather on football field to pray for Coach Driskell

    STILWELL, Kan. — While Blue Valley High School football and track coach Eric Driskell remains in the hospital on life support, students and staff gathered on the school’s football field Monday to pray for him. Blue Valley’s Touchdown Club hosted Monday’s prayer vigil. Students and friends gathered on the field, where Coach Driskell led the school’s football team to two state championships, to continue praying for the 43-year-old who is married with two daughters. His wife, Kari, posted on Facebook  that her husband, […]

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    Many bull riders competing in Kansas City will be outfitted with special helmets made in the metro

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — You’ve heard of concerns about concussions in football. The sport of rodeo may be one of the most dangerous games in the word, and it too is addressing the issue. Professional Bull Riders come to Sprint Center this weekend, and many riders will be wearing special helmets made in the metro. In almost two years’ worth of business, owners at 100X Helmets say they’re proud to keep scores of rodeo riders safer. The Platte City-based business […]

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    Dedication ceremony to kick off a unique restoration for one of Kansas City’s oldest homes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Out with the bad. In with the good. That’s what’s behind a unique dedication ceremony that’s coming up, kicking off the restoration of one of Kansas City’s oldest homes. The huge Victorian-style home sits in the old Mulkey Square neighborhood in Kansas City’s west side. The 5,300 square-foot home has roots that date back to the Civil War era. She didn’t choose the house. Megan Duma says the house found her. The 1887 J.C. Peppard House […]

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    Police take Turner Middle School student into custody following toy gun threat on bus

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s a toy gun, but it’s seen as a real threat. An eighth-grade student at Turner Middle School was taken into police custody on Wednesday afternoon. Turner Unified School District spokesperson Doug Powers confirmed the student threatened others on his afternoon bus with a brightly-colored toy gun. Powers says the bus driver followed district procedure, pulling to the side of the road while waiting for help to arrive. Powers tells FOX 4 News parents within the […]

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    Dad runs through smoke and flames to rescue 7-year-old son from burning home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One father from the Northland said he’d die to protect his kids, and he nearly had to prove it on Sunday, as he rescued his son, who has autism, from the family home after it caught fire. They nearly lost everything. When Phillip Shaner’s family of five, who hail from Kansas City’s Northland, came home from errands, they settled in, only to discover their house was on fire. There were flames all around when Shaner rescued […]