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


Recent Articles
  • Search far and wide, and you won't find a bigger Blue Springs fan than Jeremy Wynne.

    Players, students adore Blue Springs High School super fan

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — It takes all kinds of people to build a winning football program. Players at Blue Springs High School will tell you their MVP doesn’t wear helmets or pads, but he has a permanent view from the sideline. When stadium lights shine on Friday nights at Peve Stadium, the Wildcats always come to play. Coach Kelly Donahoe’s Cats say they wouldn’t want to do this without one very special fan on their sidelines. Search far and wide, […]

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    Community gathers to dedicate memorial honoring five people ruthlessly killed in South KC neighborhood one year ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been one year since the 911 calls started pouring into dispatch and police found three people shot and two beaten inside an upscale south Kansas City neighborhood. All five died in the violent spree, leaving a Southside neighborhood in shock. On the anniversary, neighbors and friends gathered to honor the victims with a permanent memorial, which Woodbridge residents say they put their hearts into designing. Dozens turned out for a ceremony, also to unite as a […]

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    ‘Folds of Honor’ helps loved ones of soldiers killed or wounded in the line of duty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Think of it as a helping hand for patriot families in need: Folds of Honor exists to help family members of American soldiers killed or wounded in the line of duty. That includes one scholarship recipient, who says she owes the charity her family’s future. It doesn’t matter if the game of golf is Colleen Katzenberger’s forte. She’ll still benefit from the game, as it’s played on Patriot Golf Day, and she’s earned America’s respect through sacrifice. […]

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    KCK police say multiple shots fired during altercation over stolen truck

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Police say what started as an argument in a gas station parking lot, escalated into an incident where multiple shots were fired, and witnesses say a woman was pistol-whipped repeatedly. This skirmish began, according to police, when a man working in the area noticed someone driving a pickup truck, a Chevrolet, he had reported as being stolen. Police say he followed that truck into the 7-Eleven convenience store parking lot in the 4300 block of Shawnee […]

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    Witness uses Shawnee Mission schools’ bullying app to report incident involving high school cross country team

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Some might say “kids will be kids.” However, instances of bullying are different, and taken seriously at Shawnee Mission East High School. That includes one such case that’s coming to light. This case involves members of the school’s cross country track team. School leaders say they’ve spent the past week addressing the issue, and use of a new mobile app helped administrators get the facts. One touch of an iPad screen is all that’s needed for […]

  • Game of the Week: Fort Osage vs. Blue Springs

    It’s two weeks into the Missouri high school football season. The Kansas regular season starts next Friday. The storms that rolled thru last night affected a few games, including delays in our Game of the Week between Fort Osage and Blue Springs. Watch FOX 4’s Sean McDowell’s report in the video player above.

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    Rear window shatters in Lenexa police vehicle due to stress fracture, not gunfire

    LENEXA, Kan. — Police determined Thursday afternoon that the rear window of  police vehicle experienced a stress fracture that caused the window to buckle, and that no shots were fired at the officer. Police say the veteran officer at first thought he had been fired upon in the area of Prairie Star Parkway and K-7, where he was conducting radar/speed enforcement. The officer was stopped on the side of the highway when the he felt a percussion in his chest […]

  • Instant replay comes to high school football in Blue Springs

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — It’s a whole new perspective towards high school football. Blue Springs South High School football coaches are using a new system of instant replay gadgets on the sidelines. It’s an eye in the sky for high school football programs. The EVS camera system sends a live video signal directly to the home sideline, where coaches had use it as an instant replay source. As soon as the Jaguars go from offense to defense on Friday nights, a […]

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    Fence built by KCK grandpa to keep three little kids out of busy street violates code

    WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Kan. — It’s a fight concerning a fence. People living in one Wyandotte County neighborhood say a disabled grandfather should be allowed to build a fence, no matter what local codes say. Juan Marquez, 46, says he’s owned that home near Washington High School for three years. Marquez was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, but has lived in the United States for 26 years. Marquez says he built the fence to protect his grandkids from traffic. He lost his […]

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average opened with plunge, causing some to label day as “Black Monday”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Monday was a financial day that many people compared to riding a roller coaster. Some people on Twitter called it “Black Monday.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened with a plunge, falling more than one thousand points, roughly six-and-a-half percent. That tumble is indicative of an up-and-down day the American stock arena survived. Here in the metro, that has people keeping a close eye on their investments, and wondering if this is as bad as it […]

  • Game of the Week: Park Hill at Blue Springs South

    The summer went quickly and it’s high school football season once again. The only action tonight was on the Missouri side. The Kansas schools kick off the regular season two weeks later. So our “Game of the Week” is in Blue Springs, Where Park Hill – a state semi-finalist last fall – opened the 20-15 campaign at Blue Springs South. FOX 4’s Sean Mcdowell takes it from there in the video player above.

  • Lawrence elementary school parents upset over construction site where accident occurred

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Parents at one elementary school in Douglas County are still in disbelief. It’s been less than a week since one student had to be life-flighted to a hospital, after being crushed by a heavy iron gate being used at an on-site construction job at New York Elementary School. That third grade student, eight-year-old Max McGill, was in class on Wednesday, as the school year opened at New York Elementary. A man who lives near the school says […]