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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


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