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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 - www.facebook.com/seanmcdowellfox4kc
Call Sean directly with your story ideas! 816-868-5543


Recent Articles
  • Metro hospital preparing Thanksgiving meals for thousands

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ladies and gentlemen — start your ovens! Kitchens across the metro are already warming up, preparing to cook huge Thanksgiving Day meals. That includes one at a very busy metro hospital, where chefs are prepared to feed thousands. Preparations for turkey day 2014 at The University of Kansas Hospital are too big for just one day. A culinary staff of 20 people has been cooking around the clock for two days. Hospital Executive Chef Jeff Lathrop and […]

  • Following possible lymphoma diagnosis, teammates and community wish Eric Berry well

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bombshell news of Eric Berry’s possible lymphoma diagnosis has overshadowed Kansas City Chiefs’ preparations for a huge divisional showdown with the rival Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Berry is out for the season and preparing for a much bigger fight, the fight potentially for his life. But he’s not alone as the football community is rallying its support. He’s been a winner at every level of football, and Berry’s teammates say this will be no different. […]

  • Leavenworth High School JROTC names obstacle to honor deceased soldier

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The road through life is rarely a smooth path. Junior ROTC programs teach high school students to overcome complications, using military methods as training tools. Students in Leavenworth High School’s Junior ROTC are no strangers to challenges. Neither was US Army Colonel Ron Ward, who saw two of his own daughters pass through that program. That’s why a new addition to the school’s obstacle course, “the Ward Weaver,” is named in his honor. As JROTC cadets climb […]

  • KCK business owner shocked by 582 percent property tax hike

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A business owner in KCK said she couldn’t believe her eyes. She said she opened Wednesday’s mail to discover she’s being hit with a huge commercial property tax hike, up over 580 percent from last year’s bill. Christina Smith has operated her salvage yard and used car dealership on Pawnee Avenue for 15 years. She said news of the big tax hike caught her by surprise, and if she’s forced to pay, her business might have to call it quits. […]

  • Through charitable work, Billy Butler made a lasting impact in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Longtime Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is headed to the East Bay. On Wednesday Butler signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics for three years, which will pay him $30 million. Butler became a free agent when the Royals declined to pay his $12.5 million option for 2015. Butler came up through the Royals’ system. He was an All-Star in 2012, and he’s provided fans with a lot of thrills along the way. But […]

  • College students from metro hear date rape message loud and clear

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — When it comes to sexual assault, familiarity doesn’t always yield security. National crime statistics show 57 percent of all assaults occur during dates — between people who know each other. The simplest way to get something is to respectfully ask for it. That’s even true in dating — certainly for college-aged students like the ones at Metropolitan Community College. Motivational speaker Mike Domitrz brought that message to campus with his presentation called “Can I Kiss You?” […]

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    Excelsior Springs youth football “Team Mom” nominated for national award

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Youth football isn’t all tackles and touchdowns. Players and coaches need the support of a “team mom,” who volunteers to do the little things behind the scenes. During the week, she’s a mild-mannered reporter from the Excelsior Springs Standard newspaper in Clay County, but on the weekend, Jae Juarez takes on a different identity — that of a super mom. For the past eight years, Juarez has served as a “team mom” in the Excelsior Springs […]

  • Police identify man shot and killed by police after allegedly swinging a sword at officers

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Police have identified a man shot and killed by officers on Saturday after he reportedly swung a sword at them. The man has been identified as 50-year-old Carlos Davenport. Around 10 p.m. on Saturday, officers from the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department responded to an armed disturbance in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a black male in his 50s, who was armed with a sword. Police commanded the man […]

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    Lee’s Summit school lockdown lifted after gun scare

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A lockdown at a Lee’s Summit elementary school has been lifted. According to the Lee’s Summit School District, a crossing guard working outside Prairie View Elementary School, 501 S.E. Todd George Pkwy., called police Friday morning when the guard thought he or she spotted someone armed with a gun. Lee’s Summit Police tell FOX 4 that the school was put on lockdown as a precaution. In its message informing families, the Lee’s Summit School District said that […]

  • Prairie Village considers sacking plastic retail bags

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — In one suburb, the paper or plastic option may end. Prairie Village shoppers may soon witness a battle between commerce and conservation. City leaders are considering regulation of the number of plastic bags used by retailers, but at what cost? Prairie Village isn’t the first community to consider doing this. City Council members in Baltimore, Md. just approved a plan to regulate the number of bags retailers give its customers, and the state of California recently banned […]

  • Local prep football team using helmet sensored impact detection system

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — The popularity of high school football is in sharp contrast these days with concerns over concussions. A number of teams in the metro are working with a new system to immediately inform coaches when players are being hit too hard in the head. The system is called the InSite Player Management System, and it’s made by the same company that makes the majority of football helmets. When a football player takes a big hit, a wireless […]

  • Five arrested in weekend robbery at KU married housing

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Students at KU’s married housing facilities are locking their doors after residents are held at gunpoint during a weekend robbery. The University of Kansas police told FOX 4 News they’ve arrested five men, all of whom are associated with a weekend robbery. Police say three of them broke into an on-campus apartment on Saturday night, and held the tenants at gunpoint while robbing them. Just a thin apartment wall separated Kazi Abbas from a violent crime. University […]