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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
  • 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 […]

  • Lenexa police rescue child accidentally locked in hot car

    LENEXA, Kan. — It is one of the first dangerously hot days of the summer and already there has been a child trapped in a hot car. The incident happened here in the parking lot of a Lenexa pool when temperatures were in the mid 90s, making it what could have been a deadly accident. Lenexa police officer Danny Chavez demonstrated how officers rescued the 20-month-old child from a hot car. “They would basically just take a slim jim like […]

  • Lee’s Summit police officer transitions from fighting crime to fighting cancer

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A Lee’s Summit Police Officer is fighting his toughest bad guy yet: melanoma. Officer Shawn Rath was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, after finding a small bump on his ear. He was declared cancer free after surgery to remove the melanoma, but after 6 months, the cancer came raging back inside of his body. Now, the cancer is invading Rath’s central nervous system, brain and spine. The Lee’s Summit police officer has spent the majority of […]

  • KC Uber driver angry, more cautious after 5 kids attack her on drive

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have arrested four of the five suspects in a Friday carjacking in which an Uber driver was thrown from her car. Sadly, the suspects are between 11 and 15 years old. FOX 4 first told you about the attack early in the week, and many people reacted  in disgust on social media. What we didn’t know at the time was that the suspects are children and that the driver, Sabrina Palmer, was driving for Uber […]

  • ‘Spider-Man Burglar’ who had been terrorizing Westport, West Plaza for years caught and behind bars

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Victims of the man dubbed the “Spider-Man Burglar” may finally be able to rest easy after the alleged serial thief is nabbed.  The key break in the case: a 58-year-old homeless man arrested and charged with a burglary in the Westport area, which matches the M O of the “Spider-Man Burglar”: Climbing up to balconies and sliding open unlocked doors. The burglar has been terrorizing the Westport and West Plaza area for years. He is no […]

  • Kansas City officers go door-to-door to caution revelers against celebratory gunfire on Fourth of July

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every year around the Fourth of July police begin talking about the dangers of celebratory gunfire. To spread the message, officers are hitting the streets with a family that lost a little girl because someone decided to shoot their gun in the air. To prevent that action, Michelle Shanahan-Demoss and her husband Brian were with KCPD going door-to-door, telling people about their daughter Blair, who was shot and killed six years ago from celebratory gunfire. Blair […]