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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
  • Dog found starved & dead in crate in closet of Northland apartment; KC firefighter charged

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A dog found dead in a crate inside a bedroom closet has led to charges against a Kansas City, Mo., firefighter who police say left the dog behind when the man was evicted from his Northland apartment. Blayne Trevor Theunissen, 25, is charged with animal neglect and animal abuse, a misdemeanor. According to the charging documents, on Sept. 17, animal control officers were called out to The Crossing at Barry Road, an apartment complex south of […]

  • Pregnant KCMO Wendy’s manager attacked by homeless man at work

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — As a manager at the Wendy’s on NW Barry Road, Shelby Reynolds is a pro at handling customer complaints. But when homeless man, 45-year-old Derrick Proctor, came in to buy a gift card, there was no negotiation. “And he just started getting hostile with me and didn’t want me to help him at all,” Reynolds said. “I gave him his gift card and gave him his change, and I said, ‘You know, I am just going […]

  • Teen Subway worker recalls terrifying moment when man robbed Raytown store at knifepoint

    RAYTOWN, Mo — Aaliyah Smith, 17, had no idea the nice man she was serving at Subway would turn out to be her worst nightmare. Sunday evening, when she and her coworker went to the back of the store to prep and do dishes, the man followed them to the back — with a knife. “He pushes my coworker to the ground and pushes his head back and puts a knife on him,”  Smith said. “And then he pointed the […]

  • K-State cancels classes as students hold rally in a show of unity

    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Taking steps toward #KSUnite. A university in Kansas cancels classes to pull students together. K-State embraced the day of unity after several cases of racial tension on campus. Students rallied to help show support. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien attended the rally to learn more about the four cases that are causing tense times in Manhattan. At K-State, the learning was not in the classroom on Tuesday, but in the field outside Anderson Hall where administrators talked to students about […]

  • New guidelines redefine high blood pressure, adding another 14 percent of Americans to unhealthy level

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — New guidelines say 120/80 is no longer the gold standard of blood pressure. The American Heart Association issued new blood pressure guidelines that lower the bar. Now, 120/80 is a warning sign of potential problems in the future. “High blood pressure has been significant in my family,” 28-year-old Kelly Stanze said. “My father actually passed away of a heart attack at the age of 46. I was 12 years old.” During a gynecologist appointment, Stanze was […]

  • Attorney says suspect in apparent Overland Park road rage shooting acted in self-defense

    OLATHE, Kan. — The attorney for a suspect in an apparent road rage shooting says his client acted in self-defense. Jonathan Cullen, 34, is charged with attempted second-degree murder after he allegedly shot a man in a road rage incident, police say. The victim, Eduardo Camaraza, was taken to the hospital in critical condition with two gunshot wounds. He is still alive, but Kansas doesn’t have an actual attempted murder charge. Cullen is being held in jail on a $250,000 […]

  • Woman says Edgerton mayor candidate bullied and harassed her on Facebook, calling her fat, gross and worse

    NOTE: This story includes profane language that some readers might find offensive.  EDGERTON, Kan — Now that Election Day is over, most people have moved on, but one losing candidate in Edgerton seems to be holding a grudge. It’s a case of small town politics that seems to have exploded into an all-out assault. “Now that the election is over, I can tell you what I really think of your nasty, fat, gross ass,” Edgerton resident Mindy Wymer reads from […]

  • Man collapses during KCK retirement home fire evacuation

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A fire forced an evacuation at Plaza Towers Senior Living Community, 1200 N 75th Place, Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, Kansas. Mary Gallet has lived at Plaza Towers for 13 years and says in that time they’ve had plenty of false alarms. “Usually when the alarms go off, we just kick back because it’s never anything,” resident Mary Gallet said. “But today I could smell it.” Fox 4’s Shannon O’Brien was on the scene and spoke […]

  • AED and speedy reaction from school officer, nurse save Grandview girl’s life

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — A teenager is alive because of the quick actions of a police officer and a high school nurse. School nurse Mary Rhodes said several years ago, she fought to get automatic external defibrillators — or AED’s — in the Grandview School System. Winning that battle recently saved a girl’s life. You would never guess from looking at Isabella McMahill that she has a heart condition and nearly died in a Grandview High classroom “I got into class. […]

  • Independence nursing home evacuated due to bomb threat, police say

      INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Hundreds of seniors were evacuated from their homes Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat was called in to the Carmel Hills Living Center. Residents’ family members showed up at the center. Some of them — like Jan Rodriguez — found out about the evacuation on social media. Her brother is bed-ridden, and she wasn’t able to reach him by phone for hours. “I just feel so bad,” Rodriguez said through her tears. “One, that he is […]

  • Brookside post office closure forces residents to visit other branches for mail

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Most of us have heard the post office motto: neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps mail carriers from their appointed rounds, but when it comes to people who have post office boxes at the Brookside branch, something is stopping them from getting their mail. There is a sign on the door notifying customers that the U.S. Postal Service has implemented an emergency suspension on the Country Club Station location, directing folks […]

  • KCK man who pleaded guilty to murdering his young son is now changing his story

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A KCK man who pleaded guilty to murdering his 7-year-old son now says he didn’t do it. Michael Jones wants to withdraw his guilty plea, go to trial and let a jury decide if he is guilty of murder in the death of his son Adrian Jones. In court, Michael Jones said he never felt right admitting to murder, telling retired Wyandotte County Judge Michael Grosco, “There is a lot I am guilty for, just not […]