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Shannon is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in November 2013. She was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from The Barstow School. She is thrilled to be working in Kansas City, telling the stories of the hometown she loves!
Shannon is always looking for stories that impact people in the Kansas City area. Email her at, or find her on Facebook and Twitter @ShannonOBTV
More about Shannon:
Shannon began her career as a Reporter at WHNS-TV in Greenville, SC, where she learned the ins and outs of reporting. From there, Shannon headed north to Cleveland, Ohio, where she was a reporter for WOIO-TV. While in Cleveland, Shannon developed her skills as an aggressive reporter covering breaking news, crime and court stories and investigative journalism. Some of her notable stories include the exclusive interview of the girlfriend of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell. Shannon discovered the woman was the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson and lived in the home during the time period in which Sowell murdered 11 women and buried them in his yard and home. That interview was crucial to police in piecing together what happened in that home and convicting Sowell of the murders.
Shannon then continued east to Providence, R.I. where she was an anchor/reporter for WLNE-TV. As the weekend anchor, she also produced her show, which allowed her to master the art of putting together an entire newscast. As a reporter in Providence, Shannon broke many memorable stories, including obtaining the Pre-Sentence Report of Kimberly Fry. Fry killed her 8-year-old daughter because the child would not take a bath. She did not testify at trial, but after she was found guilty she gave details of what she says happened that night in this confidential report. Such a document had not been obtained by a Journalist since the sentencing of Former Mayor Buddy Cianci in 1986.
Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Going to college in the Washington, D.C. area fostered Shannon’s interest in politics and law, which has been instrumental in shaping her career as a Journalist.
Shannon is involved in many philanthropic organizations across the country, including the BOTAR organization in Kansas City. Her passions include cooking, music, the theatre, sports and most of all The Kansas City Chiefs! She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 nieces Jordan and Teagan and her dog Daisy.

Recent Articles
  • Leavenworth Co. judge gives light punishment to man convicted of child sexual exploitation, prosecutor says

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan — It was a move that surprised a lot of people, including the Leavenworth County attorney, when a judge sentenced a man guilty of child pornography to just 32 months in prison “I mean the acts of the children are just disgusting,” said Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson. “I mean it is a horrible crime to see these children have gone through this.” Thompson could not go into the details of the child pornography found on 57-year-old William […]

  • Ruskin HS student hospitalized in critical condition after fight with female student and her father

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Ruskin High School student is fighting for his life after being attacked by another student and her father. Hickman Mills School District administrators say the fight happened during mid-day Tuesday around the lunch hour inside the school. The parent followed proper protocol when entering the high school before the fight, according to a statement from administrators. Police say the father and daughter beat the boy so badly that he was taken to the hospital in […]

  • Metro delivery driver left for dead, five facing charges after taking pizza, car, $30 after vicious attack

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 57-year-old man who worked part-time as a pizza delivery driver for 20 years to make ends meet nearly lost his life on Tuesday. Five suspects between the ages 18 and 20 are charged for beating and robbing him, the driver’s family described his brutal injuries to FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien. “Usually when the preacher at the hospital calls you, it’s not good,” the driver’s daughter Ashley told FOX 4 on Friday. We’re only identifying him as […]

  • Man fulfills childhood dream he worked towards for years of becoming American citizen

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro man says he’s ready to officially make Kansas City, and the United States, his home. While controversy surrounds illegal immigrants in our country, every day thousands of legal immigrants become American citizens. Cameras are not usually allowed inside of the federal courthouse in downtown Kansas City, but FOX 4 was granted special access on Thursday to tell the story of a man who has been waiting for almost half of his life to become […]

  • Metro doctor conducting Alzheimer’s study to figure out how to prevent devastating disease

    FAIRWAY, Kan — A clinical trial taking place at the University of Kansas Medical Center could change the future for people facing Alzheimer’s disease. Barbara Walker met her husband Harvey when she was just 12 years old, and as an adult, spent 38 years as his wife. “We had plans for our future and things we were going to do after retirement and all of the sudden this illness came along,” said Walker. Henry passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s, […]

  • Sign advertising ‘Slaves 4 Sale’ rocks Liberty neighborhood

    LIBERTY, Mo. — People who live in the neighborhood near Liberty Plaza woke up to a sign advertising “Slaves 4 Sale” hanging over a Confederate battle flag at Richard Geisenheyner’s home. Geisneheyner says the sign is a reaction to being treated like a racist because he flies the flag in front of his home. “If people actually believe that a Confederate flag stands for slavery, well, I might as well be just as stupid as they are,”said Geisenheyner, who has […]

  • Planned Parenthood to provide abortion services in Kansas City for first time in 5 years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo – Planned Parenthood will begin providing abortion services in Kansas City beginning September 18. It will be the first time in 5 years that the sexual and reproductive healthcare organization will provide abortions. “For nearly 2 years, Missouri has carried the weight of the title that only a few other states in the country have carried as a one provider abortion state,” said Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, Communications Director for Planned Parenthood Great Plains. As of recently, the only […]

  • One year to the date she was last seen, Jessica Runions’ father recalls fond memories, her cheerful spirit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It has been one year since 21-year-old Jessica Runions disappeared after leaving a party with 27-year-old Kylr Yust. September 8, 2016 was the last time Jessica was seen alive. “Not having Jessica here has been really, really tough,” said John Runions, Jessica’s father, who spent most of the day at work, keeping busy to get through the day. “This past year has been like a blur,” said Runions. “Waiting for the next hill on the roller […]

  • Committee recommends Edgemoor to build new KCI terminal; City Council must still approve

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The selection committee tasked with finding a firm to spearhead the new KCI terminal project is sending a Bethesda, Maryland-based firm’s proposal to the full city council. That decision, announced Wednesday afternoon, comes as the original firm — Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell — was raising questions about the process. In the beginning, it seemed to be a slam dunk for the home town team, Burns & McDonnell, but in the end the airport selection committee […]

  • Vandals leave at least a dozen drivers in River Market, Plaza areas dealing with costly repair bills

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cars parked near the Country Club Plaza were the latest to be targeted by BB gun vandals over the weekend, property crimes that began in the River Market area leaving owners with hefty repair bills. “I have been down here for five years and this is the first problem I have had in that five years,” Aaron Swanner told FOX 4. Swanner lives near 2nd and Walnut in the River Market. He says he noticed a […]

  • Suspected burglar injures himself during crime, forces Lenexa Catholic school to go into lockdown

    LENEXA, Kan. — A scary situation occurred at Holy Trinity School on Thursday that caused it to go on lockdown because of a burglar. Police say the burglary happened when school was in session, but say the man never came in contact with students. Even so, it was a tense time for students and parents who had never been through this type of thing before. “We were at Spanish at that time and my Spanish teacher took us up to […]

  • Kansas City shooting victim’s mother calls man accused of killing her son the ‘devil’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tuesday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker charged Frederick D. Scott with the murder of  John Palmer near the Indian Creek Trail and Steven Gibbons, who was shot and killed near 67th and Troost earlier this month. The four murders near the Indian Creek Trail have loomed large over the Kansas City area, with many suspecting they were all connected. It came as a surprise to many to learn about a fifth homicide victim might be […]