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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
  • Books ruined by floodwater at Archie, Mo., library

    ARCHIE, Mo. — The Squeegee™ is in action at the Cass County Public Library in Archie, Mo. Workers and volunteers there are trying to get the water out of the building. It ruined books and other supplies. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien went inside and took pictures, which you can see in the video player above. Archie, Mo., is about 30 miles south of Lee’s Summit.

  • Line on the wall shows how high water rose inside Archie, Mo. police department

    ARCHIE, Mo. — The police department and City Hall in Archie, Mo., had more than two feet of water flood its offices. Paperwork and files are ruined. The bottoms fell out of drawers because they got so wet. Late Thursday morning they were going through their files, trying to salvage what they could. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien shows us in the video player above the water line left behind by the water, and she spoke to a woman named Sue, […]

  • Mayor and police continue community outreach sessions, this time on city’s east side

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hitting the streets to lower violence and improve the community, Kansas city’s police chief and Mayor Sly James are pounding the pavement on the city’s east side Wednesday night. This event is starting with a question-and-answer session with residents here at the Police Athletic League. Afterwards, like they did last month in south Kansas City, Mayor Sly James and Interim Police Chief David Zimmerman, along with police commanders, officers, and other city officials will be walking […]

  • Elderly KCK couple comes home from vacation to find massive storm damage

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — People throughout the metro are still cleaning up from Saturday’s storm. Several thousand people are still without power and as every day passes, the damage reports continue to roll in. Some of the worst damage is at 30th and Oakland Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas where a large tree fell onto a home. As the storm rolled through Saturday night, Nathaniel and Idella Daniels were visiting their son in Las Vegas. It was a call from […]

  • Thousands still struggling without power two days after storm

    MISSION, Kan. — People throughout the metro are still without power two days after a storm wiped out electricity to over 100,000 customers. Some of the hardest hit areas, like Northern Johnson County, are struggling to have power restored with so much debris still littering many neighborhoods. It is getting more difficult for those without power to say cool inside. The longer the electricity is out, the more heat builds up inside of their homes. In some cases, it is […]

  • Teen charged in crash that killed his four friends, stealing SUV and fleeing the scene

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An 18-year-old man has been charged with several crimes in connection to a fatal crash in KCK that killed four of his friends. Nicholas Cook, who already has a juvenile record, was driving a stolen truck when he lost control and crashed. Two passengers died on impact and two died later at the hospital. Cook was the only survivor. Police say Cook was driving a stolen pick-up truck, speeding down 63rd Street when he lost control […]

  • Witnesses recall chain reaction of destruction in Monday’s fiery crash on I-435

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A Johnson County interstate is moving as normal this evening after a fiery crash shut down eastbound lanes of 435 for nearly 19 hours. While accident investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash, FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien is live at 435 and Antioch and spoke with witnesses who barely escaped the wreck. The accident involved a semi carrying food products, a car carrier, and an SUV and a car. One person is in […]

  • Olathe mom accused of endangerment for leaving two young kids in car at Oak Park Mall

    OLATHE, Kan. — The Johnson County district attorney said on Monday that a mom from Olathe is accused of two felonies after allegedly leaving her children inside a car at Oak Park Mall on Saturday. Sara Fite, 32, faces two counts of aggravated endangering of a child. Sara Fite charged w/agg endangering a child-17CR1820. OPPD reports say she left her 2 young children in a car at Oak Park Mall on Saturday. — Johnson County KS DA (@JohnsonCoDA) July 17, […]

  • “He saved my life”: 3-year-old taken during car theft says clinging to bear officer gave her

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two days after the terrifying incident, the mother of a three-year-old girl who went missing Wednesday and led police on a frantic search says the family is still in shock over what happened but very grateful for a happy ending. Amaya Vestor’s cute little voice has never sounded sweeter to her mother and sisters after the three-year-old went missing for two hours. “Who takes a car with a kid in it, so then it is like […]

  • Sister of man suspected to be accomplice in KCK theft of car with girl inside says he needs help

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One suspect is in custody after a car theft where a child still inside the car happened in KCK on Wednesday night.  One man is in custody, and a woman police have identified remains on the run. The pair is suspected of taking a car from a gas station with a little girl sleeping in the back seat. KCK officers are hot on the trail of the woman who jumped into the running car with a […]

  • Heartbroken son grieving loss of his parents taken from him in an instant in deadly crash on I-70

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Turnpike Authority has now identified all five of the people who died in the crash on I-70 in Bonner Springs on Tuesday. Karen Kennedy of Indiana and Teresa Butler of Illinois were in a GMC Terrain. Ricardo Mireles of Topeka was in a Ford Taurus. Sheldon and Virginia Cohen of Topeka were in a Buick LaCrosse. Gerry Cohen was in Florida at Disney, “The Happiest Place On Earth,” when he got the worst news of […]

  • At least four dead in crash, I-70 WB closed near 174th Street on Kansas Turnpike

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — Emergency crews are at the scene of a substantial semi-truck fire and crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 70 near 174th Street. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien reports that at least four people died in the crash, and the driver of a semi was hospitalized. There were six vehicles involved, including two tractor-trailers. Death toll rises in I-70 crash. More than 4 confirmed dead, exact number TBD. 6th car found crushed between burned out wreckage of semis. pic.twitter.com/IQc7lSrBlJ […]