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.

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    Athlete recalls her journey to Team USA’s women’s wheelchair basketball team

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Olympic Games might be over, but athletes are still making their way to Rio. The Paralympic Games begin Sept. 7, and one disabled Clay County athlete has risen from an accident to the top of her sport to punch her ticket to Brazil. FOX 4’s Sean McDowell met with Vanessa Erskine as she recalls her journey from the accident that changed her life to where she is today. It’s a life Vanessa said she […]

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    KCK officers send supplies to first responders working in Baton Rouge floods

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Those who have been spending day and night helping the flood victims in Baton Rouge are getting a little help themselves thanks to a kind gesture from officers right here in the metro. “First responders there have been wearing the same gear basically, been soaked for the last 7-10 days,” said Sgt. Gregg Dorsett with the Kansas City, Kan. Police Department. On Tuesday, President Obama traveled to Louisiana to meet with government leaders and folks impacted […]

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    Lee’s Summit families sad to see recycling program trashed that had provided money for schools

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Sometimes, money comes from things others throw away. Families in Lee’s Summit say their public schools are losing dollars, and their trash pickup company is to blame. One Earth, One Chance. That’s the name of a campaign staged by Deffenbaugh Industries, which awarded rebate money back to schools for collecting recyclables. Parents of students in the Lee’s Summit School District say they’re angry that money won’t be there anymore. A Lee’s Summit School District spokesperson tells […]

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    Man born without arms or legs gives inspirational speech in Harrisonville

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — School starts Thursday morning in for public school students in Cass County. As with most school districts, teachers and staffers in Harrisonville got their pre-school year pep talk, and their inspiration comes from a man who knows what it’s like to face life’s challenges. A word of encouragement can lead to inspiration. Kyle Maynard doesn’t need pretend strength. His life is built on the real thing. The 30-year-old from Georgia competed in the national high school wrestling championships […]

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    Raytown police searching for suspect repeatedly robbing 91-year-old woman

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Police thought they had their man. However, on Tuesday evening, a spokesperson for the Raytown Police Department says they’re searching again, trying to find the person who’s been robbing a 91-year old woman’s home. Roy Callahan says his mother has dementia, and it affects her judgement. He was convinced of that when a video clip from a camera he’d hidden in her home revealed a man stealing items from his mother’s purse. Callahan recently placed the camera […]

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    Independence man sees home he’s lived in for decades go up in flames in ‘intense’ fire

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It might be the worst feeling a homeowner can experience. One elderly man in Independence saw a Thursday evening fire nearly level his house. Marion McWilliams says he pulled down S. Spring Street on Thursday to find his home on fire. McWilliams, 75, had been out running errands with his girlfriend, Virginia Ferguson. When they returned to the home around 8:30 p.m., Independence firefighters had surrounded the house trying to save it from burning to the ground. “This is […]

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    Dog swiped from Kansas City yard found hundreds of miles from home in Texas

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro dog owner reported her furry friend had been stolen, but she never imagined the dog would turn up hundreds of miles away. Dorothy Frazier and her grandkids are smiling dog owners once again. It was late January when she says she and her family reported their prized Shih Tzu, Cindy K, stolen from their yard at 64th and Chestnut. “She had tags and everything on,” Frazier said. Frazier says she was brokenhearted — when, […]

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    Ground breaks on multi-million dollar sports complex in Grandview

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — City leaders and young soccer players gathered on Tuesday to break ground on a nearly $300 million project. The new Gateway Sports Complex will include 14 lit artificial turf soccer fields, as well as hotels and retail space. A news release from the city of Grandview says it will also be the first soccer complex in the nation to include three hotels with 540 rooms. City leaders voted in mid-June to give developers a $61 million tax […]

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    Missouri families eye tax-free holiday with beginning of the school year edging closer

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When August arrives, the start of the school year is sure to follow. It’s back to school shopping time and Missouri’s tax-free holiday will offer families cheaper options this weekend. Shoppers can get a break on clothing, school supplies and some electronics. The aisles of stores like the Wal-Mart Supercenter on S. Bolger Road will be jam-packed this weekend. Missouri’s sales tax-free holiday takes effect, and families from all over the metro will come to stores in […]

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    Kansas City’s golf community giving back to families of fallen metro first responders

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A community with heart continues to grow. People across the metro continue to come together to help the families of fallen firefighters  and police officers. This time they are hitting the links, at a high-profile metro event. Kansas City’s golf community will spend the weekend giving back. The Digital Ally Open comes to Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate beginning Thursday morning. When it does, the PGA Tour’s proceeds from this professional tournament will go back to […]

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    New Kansas City academy opens doors for first day of school, with hopes to improve neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — School is in session for kids in one east Kansas City neighborhood. As the brand new Kansas City Neighborhood Academy opens its doors for the first time, neighbors hope it can transform their streets into a more positive place. “You never see a great school in a bad neighborhood.” Those words came from a teacher at the new KCNA, which plans to serve as many as 220 first and second graders. It’s being housed in the […]

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    Olathe residents plan to show officers appreciation on a daily basis for the next year

    OLATHE, Kan. — Some say it’s an effort that’s long overdue. A group of people from Olathe is showing admiration for local police. They believe sometimes, a little extra support and love goes a long way. Monday marks the beginning of a love story that should last for an entire calendar year. Darielle McGriff is a mother of four from Olathe, and the founder of Olathe Ctizens Showing their Love. Monday is the first day of her 365-day plan to […]