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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    Thanksgiving Day blaze leaves 5 Sedalia families with no place to call home

    SEDALIA, Mo. — People living in Pettis County are still talking about a big Thanksgiving Day fire. Ten people find themselves with no place to call home, after flames ruined four homes, and residents fear more buildings would be at risk. Jim Long says he and his family had just finished Thanksgiving dinner when his home, which sits in the 400 block of Fourth Street, began to burn. Video clips from Thursday afternoon, which were given to FOX 4 News by […]

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    Liberty restaurant invites ‘dine-and-dashers’ back for free meal

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A holiday meal in Clay County came with a serving of forgiveness. A popular local restaurant on Old State Route 210 cooked up a free meal for the public Thursday, in hopes one notable family would show up. It turned out to be the Thanksgiving feast Darla Staton had promised to the people of Liberty. She’s a co-owner of a local restaurant called The Fish Market, which offered a complimentary Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Staton and […]

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    Taxi driver goes extra mile providing Thanksgiving meals for his regular passengers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it comes to hailing a taxi, no one gets a free ride. However, one cab driver in the metro is spreading the holiday spirit, helping his regular passengers find Thanksgiving dinner. While driving others around the metro, Kansas City Transportation Group driver Gregg Katz says you get to know others well. That includes his regular passengers, some of whom were planning to spend a lonely Thanksgiving without a meal. Katz has been a driver for 10/10 […]

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    Donor’s gift cards provide Roeland Park police a charitable way to serve

    ROELAND PARK, Kan. — Public service comes in many forms. Police officers in Roeland Park see the public’s needs as closely as anyone, and now, a corporate donor has stepped up to allow them to help more. They protect, but they also serve. As police officers in Roeland Park observe people in the community who might be in need, they can now lend a hand, offering them the services of a donated gift card. Officers on the street now have access […]

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    Northland family decks the walls in Royals regalia

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The season of gratitude has baseball fans in the metro counting their blessings. One family of Kansas City Royals fanatics in the Northland is in the spirit, decking the halls in World Champion Royals colors – giving “Taking the Crown” a whole new meaning. You can’t drive through their Northland neighborhood without spotting the Anderberg family’s decorations. When these baseball fans won a promotion from Lowe’s, they turned their holiday decorating into a display worthy of […]

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    Celebrating a rich past, group commemorates Harlem with new monument

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Neighbors in one Kansas City neighborhood say they’re the center of metro history. That’s why one historical preservation group has placed a new monument in Harlem; celebrating a history that dates into the early 1800’s. Dignitaries and history buffs gathered Friday morning as a new historical marker was unveiled. The neighborhood sits on the city’s north end, neighboring the Missouri River as well as the Downtown Airport. The marker calls attention to Harlem’s rich past, which […]

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    Football coach Royce Boehm retires, leaving championship legacy at Lee’s Summit West

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — At one high school in the metro, it’s the end of an era. Lee’s Summit West football coach Royce Boehm is retiring, having taken a relatively new school to state championship glory. Boehm, 50, is the only head football coach Lee’s Summit West High School has ever known. Boehm is retiring and taking three state football trophies with him. An emotional Boehm told FOX 4 News he treasures his players, but it’s own kids who have him […]

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    Lee’s Summit West football coach stepping down

    LEES SUMMIT, Mo. — Royce Boehm’s storied run as Lees Summit West’s football coach is ending. Boehm, 50, told FOX 4 News via telephone he’s stepping down from his job on Thursday morning. Boehm explained the reason for his decision is to spend more time with family. “It’s time for ole dad to watch his boys play,” Boehm told FOX 4’s Sean McDowell. “I’m looking forward to it.” Boehm, who accepted the position in 2004, said he wanted to release […]

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    Northland inventor’s tablet makes TV mobile with built-in HD tuner

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — The tech world gives us new inventions on a daily basis. An inventor from the Northland is marketing a new Android tablet that also receives like over-the-air television signals. The idea came when Platte City-based inventor Justin Barwick overheard a young person complain they couldn’t watch live TV outdoors. That’s when he invented the MJ Technologies Android tablet, which is one of the few models on the market that has a built-in high definition tuner, while doubling […]

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    Boy with rare condition suits up for football team, scores touchdown of his dreams

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — On the football field, obstacles are meant to be tackled. One young athlete from Johnson County will attest to that, as his moment in the spotlight saw him beating his own physical limitations. All of his life, 7-year-old Ricky Cook-Alt says he’s dreamed of one thing – a chance to play football just like any other second grader might. “I was just hoping I could score a touchdown,” Cook-Alt said. “Little Ricky,” as he’s known to his […]

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    Crowdfunding effort helps KS art teacher craft creative educational opportunity

    OLATHE, Kan. — With schools in the Sunflower State tightening their belts, Kansas educators are finding creative ways to fund their projects. In one corner of Olathe’s Westview Elementary School, the arts are number one. Twelve-year art teacher Lindsay Frack says building Mrs. Frack’s Creative Corner has a lot to do with rewarding her students’ efforts in her art classes. That edge of her classroom space is comprised of a number of seats where students can use clay, Legos and […]

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    Woman accused in fire that killed 2 firefighters asks for bond reduction and translator

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thu Hong Nguyen, the woman accused of setting fire to the building on Independence Avenue that killed two Kansas City, Mo. firefighters Oct. 12, was in court Thursday, where her attorney asked for a reduction in her $2 million bond, and a translator. The latter was provided. Nguyen’s appearance in court lasted less than four minutes. In addition to the bond reduction request and a translator, Nguyen’s attorney also asked Judge Jalialah Otto to allow Nguyen to […]