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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
  • Spire sub-contractor fatally shot on the job after stranger asked for a cigarette

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The murder of a construction worker on the job in Kansas City now has others scared to go to work. A sub-contractor working on a project for Spire Energy was shot and killed Tuesday by a man who witnesses said asked for a cigarette. Co-workers said 23-year-old Johnathon Porter had it all — a new baby with his girlfriend and a new job to support his young family. Porter worked for InfraSource, contracted by Spire to […]

  • Man killed working on construction site near 9th and Brooklyn

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person is dead following a shooting Tuesday morning near 9th and Brooklyn. It happened around 8:30  a.m., in a construction area. Spire Energy confirmed that the victim was an InfraSource employee performing work for Spire. Police later identified the victim as 23-year-old Jonathon L. Porter. “We are deeply saddened today after one of our InfraSource employees was shot and killed this morning while working on a construction site in Kansas City, Missouri for our customer, […]

  • Puppies stolen from Blue Springs breeder who fears they may be in danger of becoming bait

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Two litters of puppies have been stolen from a metro Pomeranian breeder, and the owner and police believe the dogs may be in danger. Carol Stathus has not been able to work since seven of her three-week-old puppies and two adult dogs were stolen from her bedroom. On Thursday she got a call at work from her husband saying they were gone. “My heart sunk. I just died,” Stathus said. “It’s like, ‘What? Where are they?’ […]

  • Summit brings community together for discussion on gun violence in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People from across the country participated in the Kansas City Gun Violence Summit on Friday, where the conversation covered a wide range of topics, including how gun laws have changed in Missouri and the fallout from gun violence in Kansas City. One of the most powerful sessions of the day was about how gun violence affects students and schools. “Nineteen years ago today I was a 16-year-old junior. I was a dorky kid that was over-involved […]

  • Criminal case aside, Missouri lawmakers still considering Greitens’ impeachment

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A judge rejected Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens‘ request Thursday to dismiss a felony criminal indictment against him, but Missouri legislators say what happens in the court case won’t immediately determine what the special legislative committee decides. Judge Rex Burlison said the prosecution had been unfair to the defense, violating procedures regarding the sharing of evidence. The defense claims a private investigator used by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney lied under oath. But Burlison said the case will proceed with sanctions […]

  • More than 100 birds, other animals rescued from alleged cockfighting ring in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a Kansas City first, according to police. More than 100 birds were rescued Wednesday in a suspected cockfighting operation busted on the east side of Kansas City. The cockfighting ring was discovered by an animal control officer when he was called out to the neighborhood near 24th Street and Cypress Avenue for a stray dog. When he got in the area, he heard a bunch of the sounds of chickens and suspected something sinister was going on. […]

  • Metro teen artist with autism throws first pitch at Royals game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro teen with autism had a moment he’ll never forget Friday night at the K. Last week, FOX4 introduced you to Matthew Breedlove, a Blue Valley North student and professional artist whose paintings sell for hundreds of dollars a piece. Painting has pulled the 17-year-old out of the shell that often traps people with autism. Now, Matthew is inspiring others. The Kansas City Royals were so inspired that they invited the teen to throw the […]

  • KC firefighter pleads guilty to leaving starving dog to die in apartment closet

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A KCMO firefighter pleaded guilty Tuesday after leaving his starving dog to die in an apartment closet. Blayne Theunissen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal abandonment of his chocolate lab, which was pictured on his Facebook page looking healthy and loved. Animal control investigators say Theunissen’s case is one of their worst cases. “I have been doing this for almost 15 years, and this really infuriates me,” said James Donovan, the special investigator with […]

  • Police still investigating 59th & Swope crash where 2-year-old was ejected from SUV

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are still investigating a two-car crash that happened Sunday at 59th and Swope Parkway. A 2-year-old child was ejected and taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in critical condition. Investigators have not released information about whether or not the child was restrained in a seat belt or car seat. The child was riding in a Chevrolet SUV that crashed with a Pontiac. Police say the man driving the Pontiac was sitting at the light at 59th […]

  • Family remembers Overland Park victim as a kind man dedicated to helping others

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The suspect in an Overland Park murder Tuesday remains in jail as police continue to investigate the incident. Meanwhile, the family of 52-year-old David Slater are trying to figure out why this tragedy happened to who they describe as a kind man who dedicated his time to helping people. “He’s my best friend and I know he wouldn’t want anyone sad,” said John Slater about his brother David. Slater lived near 83rd Street and Switzer with […]

  • Domestic dispute between man, daughter’s boyfriend leaves one man dead in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A domestic disturbance call to a home near 83rd and Switzer ended up as a homicide investigation. When officers went into the home, they found 52-year-old David Slater dead and a 6-year-old girl who had been shot in the leg and is expected to survive. “I just can’t believe this is happening in my neighborhood. It is so painful to watch,” said neighbor Cecila Wamburu, who was feeding her daughter breakfast when she heard the scream of […]

  • KCFD paramedic charged with allegedly stealing drugs from ambulances pleads not guilty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City Fire Department paramedic charged with stealing drugs from ambulances appeared in court Tuesday, pleading not guilty. A federal grand jury indicted 36-year-old Michael Fostich last week on charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and tampering with a consumer product. The indictment alleges Fostich stole fentanyl and morphine from ambulances and replaced the fentanyl with another substance. Read the full indictment here. If found guilty, he could spend up to 14 years in […]