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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
  • Rumors of Missouri Gov. Greitens resigning Friday end up being just rumors

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rumors of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigning Friday swirled around the state like a tornado, but in the end, nothing happened. With the admission of an affair and allegations of blackmail, it’s been a tough week for Greitens. And on Wednesday, rumors surfaced that the Republican governor would announce his resignation at noon Friday. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But if the governor were going to resign, it would be necessary to notify Missouri Secretary of State […]

  • KC’s Amazon HQ2 proposal team already eyeing another pitch for tech giant Apple

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s not going to be the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, but city leaders are going to use the experience to improve their next proposal for another tech giant. During the Amazon proposal process, KC received a lot of positive feedback from Amazon, but the online retailer hasn’t said why the city didn’t make its Top 20 list released Thursday. City Manager Troy Schulte said it may have been Kansas City’s lack of public transit […]

  • Officials increase reward to $10,000 for information in 3-year-old KC boy’s murder

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The reward has gone up for information in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old Kansas City boy, officials announced Wednesday. Marcus Haislip died on May 12 at 54th Street and Park in KCMO. He was sitting in a car with his family when bullets pierced the car, killing him. Marcus’ father and uncle were also shot but survived. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Kansas City police are now offering a $10,000 reward for information […]

  • Grandview murder suspect’s claim that girlfriend was bad mother isn’t true, sister says

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — After a Grandview man was charged Tuesday with murdering his 27-year-old girlfriend, the woman’s sister just wants to know why. “I don’t have anything to say to him because I feel so much pain and hurt and disbelief,” Lynnette Williams’ sister Nina said. “Just why? Why my sister? The heart that she had — the person that she was. When I say that my sister without a doubt, she didn’t deserve this. Why?” Lynette Williams’ body was […]

  • Taxpayers will foot the bill for Jackson Co. Legislature’s legal battle with County Executive Frank White

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A battle has heated up between Jackson County Executive Frank White and Jackson County legislators, and it’s going to cost Jackson County taxpayers a quarter of a million dollars to settle. That $250,000 fight is over who runs the Jackson County COMBAT program, which controls about $12 million worth of public funds. The Jackson County legislature filed a lawsuit against County Executive Frank White and two others in his office. COMBAT is an initiative to prevent […]

  • Sister of Grandview homicide victim suspects abusive relationship played a role in her death

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police found the body of a 27-year-old woman burned and left by a dumpster Sunday night. The family of Lynette Williams said they’re still trying to come to terms with what happened. Family members said they knew she was a victim of domestic violence but never thought it was this bad. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien spoke to Lynnette’s sister, Nina, at the Arbors of Grandview apartment complex to learn more about the young woman taken far too soon. […]

  • 2018 could be a record year in KC for flu diagnoses in children, doctors say

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The flu is racing through communities almost faster than doctors can keep up. Doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital said it could be a record year in Kansas City for flu diagnoses in children. Children between six months and two years old seem to be the biggest target for the flu. When they get sick, watch out because it spreads fast. “One thing we can unequivocally say about it is influenza is a bad disease and particularly […]

  • Couple still fighting for Jackson County inmate’s freedom 21 years after crime they say he didn’t commit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The long road to freedom is getting longer for a Kansas City man. He says he is innocent of a 1996 double murder. Wednesday, the Missouri Supreme Court hears argument on whether Ricky Kidd can appeal his Jackson County conviction. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien spoke to Kidd’s longtime girlfriend. It looked like there was a light at the end of the tunnel in July, when Kidd’s appeal was scheduled to be heard in Jackson County court, […]

  • New KCK mayor not shying away from problems facing city

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — On his first day in office, new Wyandotte County Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government, David Alvey is spending his time pouring over the County Manual and wrapping his arms around the job in front of him. David Alvey has deep roots in Wyandotte County politics that date back to the mid 1800s. “It is always so humbling to hear people talk about my grandfather, my father, my uncle, that they always felt they were […]

  • Man charged in police chase from Independence to KCMO that ended in head-on crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man will face a felony charge after leading police on a chase that stretched from Independence to KCMO and ended in a head-on collision, causing multiple injuries. Dennis J. Mead III, 18, is charged with resisting a lawful stop. Court documents say Independence police attempted saw Mead in a silver SUV in the parking lot of the Sports Stadium motel on 40-Highway Sunday evening. Police said they saw several people standing around the […]

  • Report accuses KCK firefighters of being paid for shifts they did not work

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Common practice, or corrupt? That’s the fiery debate tonight in the wake of a Unified Government report on shift trading in the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department. A new audit of the KCK Fire Department reveals some firefighters being paid for shifts they didn’t actually work. Trading time is a legitimate practice in most fire departments across the country, including KCK. It is allowed under the contract between the Firefighter’s Union and the Unified Government of […]

  • Staff works quickly to evacuate more than 70 residents from Olathe care facility after pipe bursts on cold night

    OLATHE, Kan. — The residents of Azria Health are still in temporary placements at other facilities Tuesday after a couple of pipes burst Monday. The pipes affected by the freezing temperatures service the heating units of the building, so Azria Health administrator Christine Tsiames made a quick decision to evacuate her 78 residents right away to avoid a middle-of-the-night disaster. “We could have had flooding. We could have had no heat. We could have had freezing temperatures,” Tsiames said. “And then what? […]