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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Recent Articles
  • Grandview among metro cities cracking down on roofing ‘sharks’ to protect property owners

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — One local city’s leaders are warning homeowners about “sharks.” That’s a nickname for unlicensed, uninsured roofing companies, who can’t ensure their work. It has homeowners feeling uneasy about investing in work on their roofs, projects that can cost thousands of dollars. Scott Karr, a building inspector with the city of Grandview, says most of those contractors, many of whom come into the metro from out-of-town, don’t carry workman’s compensation insurance. He says if their workers are hurt […]

  • Concern in Crossroads as burglars make off with thousands worth of goods, cash from 5 businesses

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Businesses in the Crossroads District are keeping their eyes wide open. Police in Kansas City say five businesses, three of which are restaurants, were burglarized on Monday night, making off with thousands stolen goods and cash. That has business owners in that area near Southwest Boulevard on high alert, concerned over the potential of more crimes. Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop​ is one of the five businesses that were robbed, and one of three restaurants robbed between […]

  • Four teens arrested after allegedly threatening on Facebook to shoot up Hickman Mills school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Facebook Live video, featuring four young people, one waving a gun and threatening to shoot up Hickman Mills Freshman Center, 9010 Old Santa Fe Rd., forced the school into lockdown Tuesday afternoon. According to police, officers located the teenagers off school property near 93rd and Old Santa Fe. In total, four teenagers were arrested. Three of those four were hiding in the woods. The suspects surrendered after police K9 units arrived in the area. There is no evidence […]

  • Lee’s Summit residents don’t want proposed traffic bridge

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Not in my backyard! That’s what people in one Lee’s Summit neighborhood are saying, as city planners hope to install a new traffic bridge on their streets. Many neighbors say this plan will hurt their homes and families. For now, it’s a long, green space, city-owned land within the Timbers Edge neighborhood in Lee’s Summit. Families often frolic in this small grassy spot, which sits near a creekbed, in the evenings. However, municipal planners in Lee’s […]

  • West Platte HS community mourns loss of popular football coach killed in violent I-29 crash

    WESTON, Mo. — There’s an air of disbelief at one high school in the metro. The community around West Platte High School is mourning the loss of popular football coach Nathan Danneman, 37, who was killed in a violent car crash on Wednesday evening. That leaves families around the school grieving his death. The loss began sinking in on Thursday evening. West Platte High School students and their families assembled at the school’s football stadium for a prayer vigil, which […]

  • Harrisonville teens give back to community on Senior Service Day

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The real world has lessons that schools can’t teach. Students at Harrisonville High School got a crash course in that philosophy on Wednesday, as they spent the day volunteering around their city. It proved to be a day at school that no one complained about. 180 seniors from Harrisonville High School left the classroom behind for a day, reporting instead for public assistance at 30 spots around Cass County, for the school’s annual Senior Service Day. Sarah […]

  • No signs of foul play in body found by mushroom hunter in rural Harrisonville

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. – Cass County Sheriff’s Office says no foul play is suspected in a mushroom hunter’s discovery of a body in rural Harrisonville Tuesday night. According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, the mushroom hunter called around 7:30 p.m. to report that they had found a body in a farm field on E. 278th near State Route DD. Investigators have not released the identity of the person but say it was a man. Police did not release any information […]

  • Graduation day approaches for residents of special independent living program in metro

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Graduation day is coming soon — for families enrolled in a metro-based independent living program. There are no handouts here. Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers a hand up to families in need​, especially those with single mothers. This non-profit temporary residence, which operates three locations in Jackson County, has 16 apartments in Lee’s Summit. Residents are provided free housing and meals, but it’s required they enroll in a 90-day program, meant to help them rebuild damaged lives […]

  • Family and friends say good-bye to Superman Sam after battle with cancer

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — To students at one metro high school, he was a superhero. “Superman Sam” Smith, 19, passed away on Easter Sunday morning, having fought cancer for most of his young adult life. Smith’s family members and friends say they’ve lost a tough fighter and a wonderful person. The end of a five-year battle against cancer has ended. Everyone around Lee’s Summit West High School knew Smith, and his fight for good health. “Superman Sam,” as he was […]

  • Royals host autism awareness night, providing a comfortable experience for those affected

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Friday night The Royals hosted autism awareness night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals organization partnered up with Autism Speaks Kansas City for the event. Staff said the goal was to not only bring awareness to autism but to make the stadium more comfortable for people who have it. “Everyone knows someone who is affected by autism,” said Tracie Howell, Senior Coordinator for Autism Speaks. Inside the stadium on Friday night there were special concession stands, meant […]

  • Police searching for killer after beloved Excelsior Springs dog beaten to death

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — He was like the town mascot. People in one Clay County city are shocked, and still reeling over an act of animal cruelty. Excelsior Springs Police say a dog, known to people across the region, was beaten and left to die, while leashed in his own yard. It happened while the dog’s owner was at home. Lora Kingery says her dog, Snowball, was beaten to death on March 21st. Three weeks later, people are angry, and […]

  • Independence developers look to restore downtown square

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — They’re turning back the clocks in one Jackson County city. Economic developers in Independence want to invest in the city’s downtown square, hoping to restore it to its past prominence. Business leaders in the city’s center are planning to use money from the city’s operating budget to revamp the square, and potentially, fuel the city’s future. If this plan works, Independence’s town square could return to being the center of attention. City leaders could begin the revitalization […]