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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
  • Company exhibits micro-thin bulletproof laminate, meant to protect officers in police cruisers

    OLATHE, Kan. — Theirs is one of the most dangerous lines of work. A company with ties to the metro is unveiling new products, meant to keep police officers safe while they do their jobs. The blast of gunfire is a sound no police officer wants to hear. Researcher and developers at ASGI say they had that in mind. That company is wheeling out a series of protective products, including a micro-thin bulletproof laminate that affixes to the windshields of police […]

  • Metro students learn the basics of golf with a slice of fun

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — One thing’s for sure about golf — it’s hard to learn to play. However, a program that’s new to schools in the metro hopes to change that. SNAG Golf is teaching kids the game, while making it simple and fun. In all-purpose gymnasiums across the metro where with each swing, seeds of interest are being planted. The Professional Golf Association is growing golfers from the grade school level up, using a unique system of oversized clubs and multicolored […]

  • Freshman who hit championship-winning shot for JCCC was playing for more than school spirit

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — March Madness comes home to the metro in a big way. Johnson County Community College has a national champion in its fold, as the Lady Cavaliers won in dramatic fashion this past weekend, using a last-second shot to beat Parkland College. It’s the school’s second national championship in women’s basketball, adding to the one the school won in 2000. When Lady Cavaluer freshman Alexis Brown sunk a jumpshot with three seconds remaining, she was playing for more than just […]

  • MoDOT, KDOT urge distraction-free driving during ‘National Work Zone Awareness Week’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Give ‘em a brake!” You’ll hear that slogan a lot from MoDOT and KDOT, as National Work Zone Awareness Week begins. It’s a period when drivers are encouraged to take extra notice when road workers are present. It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the metro. Sixty-two-year old MoDOT worker Jerome Burgett found that out first-hand last October 6 while working on a stretch of Interstate 49 near Grandview. The TMA — truck-mounted attenuator — […]

  • Fans excited after No. 9 Kansas beats No. 16 Baylor 62-52 in Big 12 semifinals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wayne Selden Jr. scored 20 points and ninth-ranked Kansas turned up its suffocating defense to beat No. 16 Baylor 62-52 in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Friday night. Perry Ellis returned from an injury to add 11 points for the top-seeded Jayhawks (26-7), though their leading scorer limped off the floor after getting tangled up late. Ellis never went back into the game after trainers checked on his right knee. Still, his […]

  • City ordinance restricts where food trucks operate

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A city ordinance is in place to restrict where food truck operators can set up. The ordinance in place makes it difficult for food trucks to set up near the Big 12 tournament and food truck operators say the ordinance is unfair to them. The ordinance sets up a perimeter that circles Power and Light district. The ordinance also says that food trucks can’t operate within 50 feet of an existing restaurant. Auriello Martinez, who operates […]

  • Fans excited to cheer on their favorite teams

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cheering for the Jayhawks is a family tradition for thousands of Kansas fanatics living in the metro. FOX 4 had the opportunity to to talk with dozens of Kansas fans outside Sprint Center. Watch the video above to find out what fans had to say at this year’s Big 12 Championship.

  • Big 12 works to get fans into stands quicker with new express lanes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Big 12 Championship is officially underway at Sprint Center Wednesday night, as college basketball fans pour into the metro, and managers at Sprint Center have collaborated with the Big 12 Conference to get fans in the stands more efficiently. For the first time, the Sprint Center is opening express lines, which are meant for fans that aren’t carrying bags into the arena. For those who don’t have bags, it’s as simple as emptying pockets, and […]

  • KCK homeowner digging out basement flooded with raw sewage

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One homeowner calls it the most disgusting job of his life; he’s digging out from a stinking mess. Wayne Bagley, 52, says his basement has been flooded with raw sewage, and public officials aren’t willing to help clean it up. Bagley and his wife moved into their KCK home off 43rd Street late last year. It was last Thursday, when a strong stench in the air prompted Bagley to look into his basement. That’s when he […]

  • Dog thrown from truck driving down I-435, now in good hands

    MERRIAM, Kan. — Organizers at one local animal rescue society are caring for an injured dog, thrown from a truck as it sped down I-435. Veterinarians are calling it “a crisis case.” Organizers at Great Plains SPCA in Merriam want to know who threw a dog from a moving vehicle on Interstate 435 at 87th Street on Sunday evening. A Good Samaritan says she saw the dog thrown from the truck on the freeway, and stopped to bring it in […]

  • Parents charged with child abuse after 5-month-old suffers multiple broken bones

    OLATHE, Kan. — A man and woman from Miami County, Kan., appeared in Johnson County court on Friday, answering charges of child abuse. One family member tells Fox 4 the child in question is a five-month-old baby who suffered multiple broken bones. The police reports say the abuse happened while Jay Creson and Heather Stookey were living in Gardner. The family member says she can’t imagine the parents abusing their child, even though, according to court records, one of them […]

  • Indoor soccer facility in KCK offers families affordable place to play

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s been called the world’s most popular sport. That’s certainly the case for soccer fans in KCK, and thanks to a new indoor facility, they can play games closer to home. On this field, there are only three languages — English, Spanish and soccer. Raul Villegas speaks all three fluently. It was roughly a year ago that Villegas and a group of investors bought a former paper warehouse and turned it into Soccer Nation. Villegas constructed […]