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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
  • Former Jayhawk McLemore stirs weekend scavenger hunt for shoes

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Autographs are precious to sports fans. For basketball fans, autographed shoes from their favorite athletes are as well. Kansas Jayhawks’ fans are still buzzing about one former KU star who sent them searching for footwear during the weekend. In the NBA, former Jayhawk Ben McLemore is known for playing a game. This past weekend, he played one with his social media friends and followers in the Lawrence area. The second-year Sacramento Kings shooting guard gave his followers […]

  • What to do if you see a child inside a hot car

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First responders say even a few moments can save the life of a child locked in a hot car and sometimes, smashing a window is the only solution. The common theme among all adults involved in hot car deaths is they never imagined it happening to them. RELATED: “Kids and Cars” works to prevent heat stroke deaths with petition drive stuffed animals FOX 4 spent the day on Friday talking with experts, all of whom said […]

  • Metro bicyclists could see dedicated bike lanes widened

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More metro residents are choosing two wheels instead of four. Bicycling is the topic of a series of public meetings, as city leaders aim to make more space for cyclists. In Kansas City neighborhoods like Westport, it’s the norm. A large percentage of people are using the bicycle as their primary mode of transportation. Deb Ridgway is the bicycle pedestrian coordinator with the city. Her office is now using a complex measurement tool, meant to use […]

  • KCK announced as new home to national state-of-the-art soccer training center

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined Sporting Club, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and representatives from Schlitterbahn Water Park and EPR Properties to announce during a press conference on Wednesday that the National Soccer Training Center and Coaching Development Center will open up in Kansas City, Kansas. Soccer fans in the metro loved the u-s men’s national team and its success in the world cup. Now following the Gov. Brownback’s big announcement, they’ll get an even […]

  • KCI Airport confronts problem of cars abandoned by passengers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City International Airport has roughly 22,000 parking spaces. Airport managers say right now, just under 20 of those spaces are filled by cars whose owners haven’t returned, and the cars are considered to be abandoned. The airport is like a city within a city, according to KCI Airport. Spokesperson Joe McBride, who has watched the parking lot near the airport’s control tower turn into a makeshift storage area, says 20 cars stored there have been […]

  • ‘Revenge Porn’ victim lobbies lawmakers for change

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The online fad of “revenge porn” involves the posting of risqué photos to get even with one’s former significant other. To the surprise of some — it isn’t against the law locally. One victim from Cass County is asking lawmakers to change that. Alecia Crain calls it the most humiliating moment of her life. On February 20, the 40-year-old mother of two from Harrisonville got an email, claiming someone had done something “nasty to her.” Crain said the […]

  • Young Louisburg track athlete prepares for AAU Junior Olympics

    LOUISBURG, Kan. — One talented 10-year-old is heading out of state to compete as a Junior Olympian in a sport she’s only been at four a few months. It’s a very simple sport. Track athletes who run faster or jump higher than their competitors become champions. That’s why Delaney Wright, 10, from Louisburg, Kansas loves track and field. She says she feels like she can fly. Wright is relatively new to the sport, but nonetheless, she’s qualified for the AAU National […]

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    KC police officers take a break, play basketball with kids who compare them to NBA players

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man identified on facebook as a teacher of special education at J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kan., posted a video to his page of police officers playing basketball with kids. It happened in Kansas City, Mo. It had been shared almost 1,000 times by Thursday afternoon. Samuel Krazy-sam Lockridge said “S/o (shout-out) to kcmopd for taking time out to block off the street and play ball wit the kids.” People posted comments in praise […]

  • Equine therapy in Clay County receives major accreditation

    HOLT, Mo. — An equine therapy center in Clay County is getting special recognition for being one of the best in its business. They’re giving people with special needs a ride to recovery. The dog is known as being “man’s best friend,” but at the Northland Therapeutic Riding Center, it’s horses that are being used to better the lives of people with special needs. Managers at the center are celebrating a new accreditation from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. That’s […]

  • Police arrest four possibly responsible for rash of car break-ins in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police arrested four people early Tuesday morning, suspecting them of breaking into a number of unlocked cars in two Overland Park neighborhoods between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The four suspects included two 18-year-old men and two 17-year-olds. Early Tuesday morning, at least one neighbor saw three of the thieves walking through his neighborhood in the 15300 block of Robinson St., an area normally considered safe and relatively crime-free. “It just so happened where I […]

  • Family joined by large crowd to pay respects to Hally Yust

    OLATHE, Kan. — She loved life. That’s how Hally Yust’s dad, Shon Yust, described her just before her funeral began Monday. Hally is the nine-year old girl who died as a result of a rare infection caused by an amoeba that entered her brain last Wednesday. A large sanctuary was awaiting a large crowd on Monday. One church member at Life Church of Olathe said the family asked to hold Hally’s memorial service there because the number of attendees would […]

  • Topeka golf inventor helping golfers find straight shots

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and with that information a college student from Topeka has invented a golf training tool meant to help players hit their ball straighter. Harry Briggs, 24, is a senior at Washburn University, and the inventor of Sight Ball. It’s a standard golf ball marked with sights, which are similar to those on a firearm. Briggs says when the sights are lined up to the flagstick; the tool is […]