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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
  • Accused killer Cross shouts in court as judge rules him to stand trial

    OLATHE, Kan. A Johnson County district judge has decided Frazier Glenn Cross will go to trial. The 74-year-old Cross stands accused of shooting three people in April 2014 in his thirst to kill Jewish people. Cross’ two-day preliminary hearing ended on Tuesday afternoon. He will be arraigned on March 27th, as Judge Thomas Ryan rules the state has satisfied its burden of proof, and can pursue murder charges against Cross. Cross is charged with six felony counts related to the […]

  • Frazier Cross Jr. was arrested as a suspect in a fatal shooting where three people were killed on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan.

    In court: Witness says Cross made it clear he was seeking to shoot Jewish people

    OLATHE, Kan. — Details of a violent rampage were heard on Monday in Johnson County as a preliminary hearing began for Frazier Cross Jr., the man accused of killing three people at Jewish centers on April 13, 2014. Prosecutors accuse 74-year-old Cross of shooting and killing Dr. William Corporon and his grandson Reat Underwood at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, as well as Terri LaManno at neighboring retirement community Village Shalom. Witnesses told a judge they saw Cross, […]

  • Basketball players at KIPP Academy score unbeaten season, school pride

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every champion in sports has overcome obstacles in order to win. At one of Kansas City’s charter schools, a basketball team has found victories and pride, without the luxuries many teams receive. This season, there weren’t many shots that didn’t fall for these middle school-aged ballers. The boys at KIPP Endeavor Academy just capped off an unbeaten season, sweeping past all 14 opponents. It’s the first time in school history that the basketball team has gone […]

  • Missouri Comets star leading ministry to help Ebola-stricken Liberia

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some goals in the sports world involve higher callings. Such is the case for one Missouri Comets soccer star, who is using his success to benefit sick people overseas. Between the plays, there came a prayer. Comets forward Leo Gibson left his native Liberia 12 years ago, but his home stayed close to his heart. During the past decade, more than 4,000 Liberians have died due to the rampant spread of the Ebola virus. That’s why Gibson […]

  • Independence students get an assist in character building from Missouri Mavericks players

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Lessons in life don’t always come from obvious places. Just ask students at three Independence elementary schools. The kids got a visit from some of their hockey heroes, who were on hand to deliver an important message. Once in a while, heart-to-heart instruction comes from hard-hitting role models. Every month, Missouri Mavericks hockey players visit Independence public schools, where they discuss “the word of the month.” Independence School District leaders have covered the calendar, assigning one positive […]

  • KU, K-State fans react to Monday’s court-storming in Manhattan

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It was a scene of both sports jubilation and crowd control, gone bad: The court-storming that happened after Monday night’s Kansas State-Kansas basketball game is getting plenty of attention with campus police in Manhattan now involved. The aftermath of Monday night’s storming of the court in Manhattan, Kansas rages on. K-State fans came rushing out of their seats and onto the coliseum floor after their big win over KU. The national media has cast an eye […]

  • Experience brings students face-to-face with themselves as a different race

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s hard to judge any book by its cover. At one local university, there’s an experiment going on, using technology to dissolve perceptions based on the color of a person’s skin. It’s been said that every picture says a thousand words. In the case of the Race Experience Kisok, which is on display at Avila University, photos say a lot more. A machine’s pictures show that people of different races are more alike than we may realize. […]

  • Metro Eagle Scouts honored, recognized for thousands of hours of public service

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly 700 Eagle Scouts were recognized on Sunday in a ceremony at Municipal Music Hall. The scouts were part of a class that accounted for 85,000 hours of public service. The group included 16-year-old Jaren Zimmermann from Lee’s Summit, who earned his eagle badge by building furniture for a shelter that serves homeless teenage pregnant girls. “It’s a pretty good feeling knowing you’re an Eagle Scout. It was a lot of hard work. If it was […]

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    One man injured in shooting at Mission apartment complex

    MISSION, Kan. – Police are at the scene of a shooting at 51st and Lamar where one man was hospitalized with gunshot injuries. Mission police officers were sent to an apartment complex there at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and are still looking for the shooter after finding the victim in the parking lot. Police haven’t elaborated about the circumstances surrounding the crime, but Sergeant Pete Martin says the man who was shot is expected to survive. The apartments are directly […]

  • Talent comes from near and far for the Folk Alliance International Conference Music Fair

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One local performer refers to music as being “the weapon of the future.” If that’s true, there’s an arsenal of talent on display at the Folk Alliance International Conference Music Fair, which continues through the weekend. Whether you’re a singer, a strummer or a songwriter, you’re welcome inside the Folk Alliance Music Fair. Over three thousand people are in attendance, where music performers and students are swapping ideas, and there’s an effort to provide a chance […]

  • Disabled veteran in Excelsior Springs placing wreaths on local military graves

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — A favorite saying of military veterans holds that “Some Gave All.” One veteran in Clay County wants those veterans remembered. He’s working to ensure the memory of fallen veterans is kept alive by keeping their graves decorated. No military grave will go forgotten, as far as Excelsior Springs resident Kit Smith is concerned. The former United States Navy electronics technician wants to make sure the graves of every U.S. military man or woman in Clay and […]

  • Overnight fire temporarily closes De Soto landmark Steve’s Meat Market

    DE SOTO, Kan. — Shoppers in De Soto will have to find another store to buy their meat from for a while, as Steve’s Meat Market recovers from an overnight fire that gutted half of the store. The owner told FOX 4’s Sean McDowell that it’s not good when your phone rings at 2 a.m., which is what alerted Steve “Mitch” Prudden to the blaze. Steve’s Meat Market is a local landmark and a family-run business that’s operated for almost […]