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


Recent Articles
  • The strong winds blew a trampoline into the side of a home early Monday morning. FOX 4 viewer Bryon Gillespie says the trampoline is stuck in the roof of this Grain Valley home.

    Wind knocks down large trees, leaves roadways blocked also blows trampoline into home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Strong winds whipped through the metro Monday and knocked down trees and more its path. One of the first reported incidents was a downed tree near 79th and Oak Street. The tree left a portion of 79th Street blocked while three crews from Kansas City Parks and Rec worked to chop up the wood and haul it away from the scene. FOX 4 viewer Bryon Gillespie said the wind blew a trampoline into the side of a Grain Valley […]

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    Metro developers’ robot solves Rubik’s Cube in record time

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Records are made to be broken – or perhaps twisted. Two software developers from the metro have set a new world record for fastest time solving a Rubik’s Cube by a robot. A large crowd assembled to watch on Friday afternoon, as did an official judge from the Guinness World Records authority. Jay Flatland and Paul Rose and their robot, which they built using a 3D printer, set a new record time of .900 seconds, as […]

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    Family displeased that home is in disrepair despite paying hundreds to contractors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – They say their house isn’t whole. Members of an east Kansas City family say they’ve paid two contractors to help repair their home, but the work was poorly done. All three people living in Charlotte Ford’s home off 75th Street have a disability, and say they want their money back for contracting work that wasn’t up to snuff. Ford, who has owned the home in question for 15 years, says a contractor did $1,200 in shoddy repair […]

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    Metro student gains political experience while stumping for votes in Iowa

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. —  While some famous names are dropping out of presidential race, one local student is still involved. She says she’s loving every minute of it, and gathering experience while stumping for votes. Rachel Gonzalez, 17, has risen from the hallways at William Chrisman High School to the national political stage. Gonzalez, a high school junior, has spent seven weekends of the recent presidential political season stumping for votes in Iowa on behalf of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. As […]

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    Threat at Park Hill South results in arrest

    RIVERSIDE, Mo. — An apparent threat at Park Hill South High School has resulted in an arrest, according to a statement from the school district. A threat was discovered in a bathroom at the school on Monday and police were called to investigate. The following statement from Principal Dale Longenecker went out to parents of students via phone and email. Hello, this is Dale Longenecker, your child’s principal at Park Hill South. Yesterday, we let you know about a threat of violence […]

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    Family of man shot to death at Capital Inn says he was in wrong place at wrong time

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. – Members of a metro family are angry in their grief. They demand to know why their loved one was shot dead in a South Kansas City motel. Family members identify that man, found dead in that hotel hallway as Charles Anthony Bolton, Jr., 39. Police say he died very early this morning in the Capital Center Inn just off I-435 and 87th Street. “I don’t care. He didn’t deserve to be shot down like that,” LaRonica Birmingham, Bolton’s […]

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    At age 93, metro table tennis guru gets a crack at making Olympic team

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — He’s not your typical world class athlete. When the 2016 Olympic Games open this summer, a table tennis guru from the metro could be there, turning back the clock by decades. Even if you’ve seen table tennis in the past, Bill Guilfoil will show you a point or two. The retired Fairway, Kansas businessman has been invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic Table Tennis team, at the young age of 93. “I never think about […]

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    Dance studio owner says entertainment tax is unfair

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A debatable classification is costing Missouri businesses thousands in taxes, and one dance studio owner in the metro is speaking out. Dianna Pfaff said she’s teaching dance steps as well as character traits to last a lifetime. That’s one of many reasons the owners of Miss Dianna’s School of Dance on North Oak Trafficway are saying a recent ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court threatens to hurt her business. The Missouri Department of Revenue said schools of dance […]

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    Police searching for suspect using stolen checks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fraudulent checks are a  thorn in the side of businesses, and one metro store said it’s affecting their bottom line. Owners of Macaluso’s Thriftway in the Northland said they’ve fallen victim to it a number of times, and in the long run, it’s costing them a lot of money. The family-owned business has been selling groceries for 45 years. The owners said in recent weeks, they’ve fallen victim to a customer using stolen checks to buy hundreds of dollars […]

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    Confederate flag display in school spawns dispute

    GARDNER, Kan. – It’s a case of heritage versus hate speech. The debate concerning the confederate flag comes to one high school in the metro, and members of one family say they’re outraged. Stephonn Alcorn is no stranger to Gardner-Edgerton High School, having graduated from there in 2013. Alcorn said he was both student body president and homecoming king. Alcorn has two younger brothers, both of whom are ninth-graders at the school in south Johnson County. Alcorn, who now attends […]

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    Liberty ‘Treble Makers’ to show off talents on big stage

    LIBERTY, Mo. — These aren’t your average elementary school music students. They’re called Treble Makers and they’re about to represent their Clay County hometown at the biggest gathering of music educators in the Show-Me State. Keeping early morning hours doesn’t bother one standout music group from Warren Hills Elementary School in Liberty. Twice per week, the Treble Makers assemble in a rehearsal classroom before school begins, getting ready for the biggest show of their young lives. Whether it’s traditional instruments, such as […]

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    Shawnee Mission North girls basketball rallying around ‘Super Bo’

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — He’s a child with a disease so rare, doctors have named it after him. Now, a girls basketball team from the metro shows its support to that ailing 6-year old boy. “Tomorrows are always fresh.” That’s the slogan you’ll see on t-shirts the Shawnee Mission North Girls Basketball team is wearing. They’re meant to support for Bo Macan, a six-year old boy who is very ill. “Super Bo,” as he’s known to his loved ones, lives with […]