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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 Shannon.OBrien@wdaftv4.com, or find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ShannonOBrienTV 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
  • Hundreds gather to honor lives of two Wyandotte County deputies killed in the line of duty

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Hundreds gathered Thursday morning at Children’s Mercy Park to honor the two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty last week. Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were shot and killed last week ago by an inmate during a transport from court back to jail. Rohrer died Friday at the age of 35. He leaves behind a wife and two small children. King died early Saturday at the age of 44, leaving behind three children. […]

  • Helping hands prepare for funeral service for fallen Wyandotte County deputies

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Wyandotte County community is coming together to prepare for a final goodbye to two if its heroes. Many helping hands have been busy behind the scenes preparing for Thursday’s funeral service for Wyandotte County deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. Flower arrangement orders filled with red, white and blue have been flooding into Sara’s Flowers in KCK for the fallen deputies who were shot and killed last week during an inmate transfer. Tammy Smith and […]

  • Volunteer chaplains helping families of fallen WyCo deputies, preparing for funeral services

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The final farewells for deputies Patrick Rohrer and Theresa King are set for Thursday morning at Children’s Mercy Park. Meanwhile, many people are working behind the scenes to prepare for the joint service. Rohrer and King were killed in the line of duty last Friday during an inmate transfer in downtown KCK. When an officer is down, the rest of the community stumbles. Helping them up is a team of 11 volunteer chaplains. “I always say that is […]

  • Jailers across the metro analyzing inmate transport procedures after deputies killed in KCK

    TOPEKA, Kan. — In the wake of the brutal killings of two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s deputies, departments across the metro are reviewing their transport protocols to prevent a similar tragedy. Top brass at the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department said the two deputies shot and killed Friday during an inmate transfer were following proper procedure. Every department that deals with transporting inmates has different protocols in place, and the Shawnee County Department of Corrections invited FOX4 to take a peek at […]

  • Family of metro murder victim says suspect in WyCo deputy shooting could have been stopped

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — As the families of the two Wyandotte County deputies shot Friday in KCK mourn the loss of one and pray for the second, an Overland Park family is grieving along with them. Antoine Fielder is a name the family of 22-year-old Kelsey Ewonus has heard way too many times for way too long. The first time was in 2015 when Fielder was charged with murdering their daughter. Ginger and Kent Ewonus said the justice system had […]

  • Two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputies shot in downtown KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. —  Sources are telling FOX4 that two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputies were shot Friday morning in downtown Kansas City, Kan., not far from the courthouse and sheriff’s office. FOX4 is waiting to learn their conditions. Sources say one has critical injuries. The shootings happened during a transport from the court annex back to the jail, the source added. FOX4 has learned the suspect was also shot, and all were taken to hospitals. FOX4 has a crew at […]

  • City Council denies KC Public Schools seeking tax boost from downtown developer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In Wednesday’s city council meeting, the superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) asked for more money from downtown developer, Cordish, to fund schools in the city. The answer to the superintendent’s request was no, but according to some people the no didn’t come from Cordish. It came from the city council. Kansas City is paying for a $17.5 million parking garage at Three Light and Cordish is getting a 25-year tax abatement. Taxes that public […]

  • Family, friends gather for vigil to honor metro mother killed in Parkville murder-suicide

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — It was a somber occasion Tuesday night filled with tears and hugs among friends and family who are still in shock over a murder-suicide in Parkville. The shooting that left four people dead happened Sunday night in the upscale neighborhood of Thousand Oaks. Friends, neighbors and family members gathered to honor the life of Maggie Girard. She was shot and killed Sunday night while at a family dinner with her ex-husband, Doug Pauling; his mother, Sharmalee Pauling; […]

  • Neighbors shocked after murder-suicide leaves 4 family members dead in Northland

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — A murder-suicide left four adults in the same family dead and residents of upscale subdivision Thousand Oaks afraid they might be next. The victims are 73-year-old Sharmalee Pauling; her husband, 67-year-old Carl Deruyscher; and Pauling’s ex-daughter-in-law, 49-year-old Margaret “Maggie” Girard. Pauling’s son, 50-year-old Doug Pauling allegedly shot his family and then, according to police, took his own life. It was a family dinner Sunday night with Pauling’s 14-year-old granddaughter and the child’s parents that turned deadly. “He […]

  • Girlfriend of illegal immigrant accused in Northland shootings says he could have been stopped

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman says her former boyfriend, a man accused of killing a well-known tattoo artist and injuring two others, could have been stopped before lives were lost. Arnoldo Pompa-Rascon is charged with murder and other crimes for random shootings in the Northland. Prosecutors call the 41-year-old a killer, but for a year, Anna Reed called him her boyfriend. Reed said she knew Pompa-Rascon was from Mexico but did not know he was in the country […]

  • Child rape victim being harassed by former KC teacher’s supporters, father says

    OLATHE, Kan. — Former metro teacher Randall Carter appeared Wednesday in Johnson County Court, and there was someone in the courtroom who had a personal reason to be there. Carter is charged with rape of a child, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child — all victims under the age of 14. “We have confidence that the justice system will deal appropriately with this scum bag child predator Randall Carter,” said the father of one of Carter’s […]

  • Lenexa accountant facing charges after allegedly not filing clients’ tax returns

    OLATHE, Kan. —  A Lenexa accountant is in big trouble for not filing his clients’ taxes returns and holding onto their documentation. Allen Matthews appeared Tuesday in Johnson County Court, charged with criminal deprivation of property, assault and battery. Court documents name nine victims, but FOX4 found many more people who said they were scammed. “It has been great and a great experience right up until this time last year,” a woman who asked not to be identified said. She […]