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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
  • Notable Olathe cancer patient, 7, now in remission from cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital are calling it “a Christmas miracle.” Seven-year-old Noah Wilson has been declared cancer-free after fighting the disorder most of the year. It’s the news Wilson and his family have been waiting eight months to receive. Doctors at the hospital have given Noah a clean bill of health. The family was notified of the good news on Thursday. Back in April, it was a different story, as the boy from Olathe was […]

  • Restaurant owners along Prospect Ave., push for new image

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A famous movie line holds that “if you build it, they will come.” Locally-owned restaurants on Prospect Avenue hope that holds true, as they try to draw customers from across the city — while confronting the belief that Prospect Avenue isn’t safe. Business owners say their biggest obstacle is how their neighborhood is seen. Crime statistics support their claim that Prospect Avenue isn’t the conduit of crime some believe it to be. Restaurant owner Raheem Malik […]

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    Liberty road crews out in force ready for inclement weather

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Eight hundred tons of salt. That’s some of what a 21-member crew in Liberty, Mo., is working with to offset the dangers of impending winter weather on Missouri roads. “We don’t know what form it’s going to come in right now,” Steve Hansen, director of Liberty Public Works Department, said. “We’ll get the word from our weather forecaster a little prior to then. That way, we can have a little bit better idea when we call people […]

  • Picture of police officer with two pooches goes viral, cop hailed hero

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A moment of kindness in Kansas City captured the world’s attention on Tuesday. Social media users were all atwitter about a photo showing a Kansas City police officer sitting with two dogs in a grassy knoll off a ramp that leads to 75th Street. The officer, who did not want to be identified, is being hailed a hero for saving the dogs separated — and since reunited — from their owners. Debbie Davis took one of […]

  • KCK police search for armed suspect following two home invasions Monday

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man they believe was involved in two attempted home invasions Monday morning, one of which left a woman with a gunshot wound. KCK police spokesman Emmett Lockridge says a pattern of violent crimes began at a residence off Eaton Street in east Kansas City, Kansas. Police say it was around 7:00 a.m. Saturday when a 23-year-old woman, who lives at the residence, was followed home by the […]

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    Police arrest and identify suspect in Sat. night police shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — With officers from Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., the FBI and ATF surrounding the home they were in, a man and woman surrendered peacefully Sunday morning. The man, identified by police as Omar Maria, is a suspect in the shooting Saturday night of a Pleasant Valley Police officer during a traffic stop. According to Pleasant Valley Police, at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the officer stopped a vehicle on southbound I-35 just north of I-435. Police say […]

  • Liberty woodworker attracting attention for 16-foot reindeer display

    LIBERTY, Mo. —  Christmas Day comes in less than two weeks. Chances are good that your yard — or your neighbor’s — is decked out with holiday decorations. It’s from a garage workshop in Liberty that Santa’s tallest helpers came. Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Lunt says he saw a photo of giant reindeer on the internet, and using his woodworking skills, he made his own. “The tallest one is just shy of 16 feet,” Lund said. Lunt’s giant Christmas display is drawing […]

  • Fairy Princess honored for decades of greeting KC children at Christmas time

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The normally somber city council chambers turned more jovial Thursday thanks to the Fairy Princess and the holiday spirit that follows her. Kansas City councilman Scott Wagner sponsored a special resolution to honor the fairy princess for her role in nearly eight decades of holiday cheer. “We are so thrilled about this honor,” said Carol Barta, who was fairy princess in 1956. “We’re happy to be recognized as such a significant part of the holiday season here […]

  • Park University using pet therapy sessions to soothe stressed students

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — The great illustrator of “Peanuts” fame, Charles Schultz, once said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” School leaders at one local university hope that’s true, enlisting the aid of pet therapy to soothe students. The end of the school year represents the beginning of finals week for students at universities like Park University. At the McAfee Memorial Library on campus, library leaders are using pet therapy sessions to help students blow off some steam during this stressful time. […]

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    Country Club Plaza managers using pamphlet campaign to curb panhandlers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Holiday shopping — with security. That’s what owners of the Country Club Plaza say they want for customers, and the motive behind a new effort to curb panhandling on the plaza. However, some people say this is cruelty to people in need. “Don’t give money to aggressive panhandlers.” Those words are written into a new pamphlet being distributed by security guards on the Plaza, and they’re given to people who are seen giving money to panhandlers. […]

  • Harrisonville police searching for owner of folded U.S. flag found near I-49

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — It’s enough to make a patriotic American angry. Police in Cass County say a driver found a folded American flag laying on the road while cars zipped past without stopping to gather it. It comes as a big surprise, even to seasoned police officers in Harrisonville. Police reports from December 1 show a driver found the folded American flag — the kind you might see at American military funerals — laying in the road at a busy intersection. Harrisonville […]

  • Jack Sock, Overland Park tennis star, recalls doubles victory at Wimbledon

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — In the world of pro tennis, there’s no place bigger than Wimbledon. Blue Valley North High School graduate Jack Sock took a little piece of it with him earlier this year. It had been several years since all of Sock’s family assembled for Thanksgiving, but that streak ended with last week’s holiday. When the 22-year old tennis star and his family got together in Overland Park, you can bet they reminisced about July of 2014. That’s when […]