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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
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s caused a firestorm in other states, and now Missouri is bracing for the impact of the “right-to-work” debate. In the August primary election, voters will decide whether or not Missouri becomes the 28th right-to-work state, which would give employees the chance to decide whether or not they want to belong to a union. Ryan Johnson who represents United For Missouri believes workers should be able to decide for themselves how to best spend their money. […]

  • Residents of Bolivar proud to call their friend Mike Parson future governor of Missouri

    BOLIVAR, Mo. — Friday will be a big day for the people who live in Bolivar, Missouri, as one of their own is sworn in as the 57th governor of Missouri. Mike Parson started off decades ago as a gas station owner, where he served his customers by pumping their gas as the children ran in to get treats from the candy counter. The gas station is long gone, but there are plenty of people in the town of just over […]

  • Bond reduced for former KC teacher and pastor charged with raping a child, other sex crimes

    OLATHE, Kan. — A 42-year-old former metro teacher made his first appearance Tuesday in Johnson County Court, charged with child rape and other sex crimes. Randall Carter is a former 5th grade teacher at Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, and is also a youth pastor, his attorney Philip Sedgwick said. Carter has been charged with rape of a child, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. “Most of what he has done, he has […]

  • 2 Clinton police officers killed in line of duty remembered this Memorial Day

    CLINTON, Mo. — An annual Memorial Day service to honor service members who have died became a remembrance for two Clinton heroes who sacrificed their lives to keep the community safe. The families of Clinton police officers Gary Michael and Ryan Morton received commendations for their sacrifice from the American Legion Post 14. Both men survived military duty, only to be gunned down in their community. “A very tough day,” said Tara Morton, Ryan Morton’s mother. “But we are very, […]

  • KCPD releases video of man they think has info about deadly shooting outside Uptown Theater

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police need your help identifying a person they’d like to speak to in connection with the death of a 23-year-old near Uptown Theater last week. Michael Silas had been at the Yo Giotti concert before he was killed. His mom said Silas’ past life caught up to him that night. Someone shot Silas outside the Uptown Theater around 11:28 p.m. on May 11. Police said a fight inside the theater spilled out into the parking lot. Police […]

  • Ex-husband of Greitens’ accuser gives colorful testimony to the House Special Investigative Committee

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Heated words and foul language were flying at a Missouri House testimony, all over a pile of mystery money. That was the reality for the special committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens when attorney Al Watkins was in the hot seat. Al Watkins is an attorney representing P.S. — the ex-husband of the woman with whom Gov. Greitens had an affair. Watkins spent Thursday morning testifying in front of the House Special Investigative Committee. In question were large cash […]

  • FOX4’s Shannon O’Brien reveals shocking test results in battle against autoimmune disease

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are more than 200 autoimmune diseases, including lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis — just to name a few. They affect about 50 million Americans. Pushing through the symptoms isn’t good, and it’s not easy. That kind of stress on the body can lead to other serious diseases like cancer and heart disease. FOX4’s Shannon O’Brien suffers from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and she’s been taking FOX4 viewers along on her journey to fight back against […]

  • Man who admitted to shooting KC tattoo artist now faces murder charge in Platte County

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The suspect at the center of the investigation into the Northland murder of a well-known KC tattoo artist is now facing more charges. Arnoldo Pompa-Rascon, 41, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Russell Fisk and armed criminal action in Platte County. Pompa-Rascon told investigators voices in his head told him to shoot people. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said a grand jury indicted Pompa-Rascon on Friday, but the indictment was sealed until it […]

  • Honda employees go door-to-door in metro warning of recall on defective airbags

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There have been 13 deaths and about 200 injuries from defective Takata airbags in Hondas and Acuras, and that’s prompted a recall. The American Honda Motor Company is focused on replacing every airbag on the road right now, and Friday in Kansas City, employees went to incredible lengths to do just that. More than 500 Honda employees across the country are knocking on doors to save lives as part of an effort to replace the defective […]

  • Victim, witness who held hand of tattoo artist killed share details of Northland shootings

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — A metro man accused of shooting two people in the Northland has not only devastated the victims and their families but also the people who witnessed his alleged attacks. Clay County prosecutors charged 41-year-old Arnoldo Pompa-Rascon with shooting and injuring two people Friday night. He’s also suspected in the murder of a popular KC tattoo artist but isn’t yet charged in that crime. Pompa-Rascon is from Mexico and is here illegally after having been deported several […]

  • Here’s the impeachment process in Missouri and what it could mean for Gov. Greitens

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The impeachment process in Missouri is a bit complicated, especially since a Missouri governor has never been impeached. The Missouri Legislature has called a special session to discuss impeachment, set to begin Friday. It’s the first time in state history that has happened. “I would be surprised if he wasn’t impeached,” UMKC political science professor Greg Vonnahme said. It took a 3/4-vote to call the special session. “It is an indication that the House of Representatives […]

  • Cameron prison officers knew riot was coming, but administration did nothing to stop it

    CAMERON, Mo. — A riot at the Crossroads Correctional Facility on Saturday has sparked an enormous response from people who work there about what they say really happened inside the prison walls and how much the riot will cost taxpayers. Several current and former corrections officers at the facility said they knew an uprising was coming and reported it, but the administration did not do enough to stop it. “So I had been approached on several occasions by inmates with information […]