Sean McDowell brings more than 20 years of television experience to the Fox 4 news team. Sean has experience working in television news in Charleston, WV and Lexington, KY. Sean was primary sports anchor at a 24-hour cable news station in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, where he covered the NBA Finals, a Super Bowl, three Daytona 500s and more. He was also managing editor/reporter at another Kansas City television station, and was Emmy-nominated for sports reporting in 2001 while working in West Virginia.

Sean joined the FOX 4 Kansas City news team in May 2013. Since joining on, he’s covered memorable news stories such as the triple murder trial of Frazier Glenn Cross and various stories involving crimes across the metro. Sean’s sports background has come in handy, as he’s served as a reporter during the 2014 & 2015 World Series with the Kansas City Royals, NASCAR coverage at Kansas Speedway and our Friday night high school football teams.

Sean is a proud native of Ashland, Kentucky, who owns degrees from both the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. He also attended graduate school at Marshall University, and was used as an extra in the feature film “We Are Marshall.” At one point, sports radio listeners in Kansas City heard him moonlighting on 610 Sports Radio. He and his family live in Johnson County, where he’s often seen playing bad golf and tending to his beloved tomato plants.

Sean is a thankful member of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, where he volunteers his time assisting with the church’s Technical Arts unit. Sean serves as the vice-president of the Kansas City chapter of the University of Kentucky Association, and a caddy/golf parent with the local U.S. Kids Golf Tour. He and his wife are parents of a ten-year old golf and basketball prodigy affectionately known as “Moose,” and a tiny adopted cat from KC Pet Project named Pepper.

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Recent Articles
  • JoCo golf enthusiasts using social media to help attract more women to golf

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — They have the drive to compete. Two golf enthusiasts from Johnson County are using the power of social media to attract more women to recreational golf. When lifelong golfer Heidi Gilchrist introduced her fellow Johnson Countian Brianne Sutherland to golf last year, the two of them didn’t imagine they’d become KC Golf Girls, as they’re now known on Instagram. Their popular Instagram page chronicles their tee times and travels while promoting golf to other women. “It’s […]

  • Metro vet warns about toy dog bone after using saw to remove one from dog’s mouth

    KEARNEY, Mo. — A metro veterinarian is issuing a warning. That doctor had to remove a chew toy from a dog’s mouth. The vet said he needed a saw to remove the nylon toy bone, and if he hadn’t, the dog might have died. A strong sense of panic set in quickly. Dog owner Amy Walsh was experiencing the same fear any dog owner might when her golden doodle, Bentley, began choking on a nylon chew toy. The flexible toy, […]

  • Renown Auto Tech program in NKC leading international students toward American dreams

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The demand for auto mechanics is growing nationally. One metro school system is acquiring new students from everywhere — even internationally. The celebrated Automotive Technology program in the North Kansas City Schools district is using cars to bring people closer together, proof that the language of cars is universal. They came to the United States for a better life and a rich education. When North Kansas City Schools leaders opened their Auto Tech program in […]

  • Police arrest ‘serial burglar,’ a metro man also charged in Raymore Walmart shooting

    RAYMORE, Mo. — Metro police have arrested a man wanted in several local cities. Overland Park officers caught up with 22-year-old Grandview resident Joseph Sampson on Friday morning. Police consider him to be a serial burglar, but stealing isn’t the only thing of which he’s accused. As of Friday afternoon, Sampson was an inmate at the Johnson County, Kansas, Detention Center. But Raymore police said the string of crimes he’s associated with includes an August 6 incident where Sampson is […]

  • Liberty elementary welcomes former student as teacher, working with her former instructor

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Learning often takes a lifetime. Teachers understand that, and they’re witnessing it among their colleagues at one metro elementary school. An unusual homecoming is bringing a former student back to class. Some lessons never wear out. Such is the case at Liberty`s Manor Hill Elementary School, where tenured second grade teacher Jill Eltiste has a brand new co-worker. New teacher, 22-year-old Megan Hansen, has returned to the same classroom where she attended second grade as a student. […]

  • New bus stop locations in Lee’s Summit have parents voicing safety, convenience concerns

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — It was meant to make things easier for parents. Instead, as school opens for the year in the Lee’s Summit School District, moms and dads are complaining about new bus procedures, claiming some of them are inconvenient and unsafe. Lee’s Summit School District leaders told parents they were giving the gift of time and more of it with their kids. That was back in May, when new arrangements for school bus stops were first explained to […]

  • Rockhurst legend Tony Severino to retire after 2019 season, his 36th as Hawklets coach

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — High school football season begins in a few weeks, and 2019 will be the final season for one metro legend. Tony Severino, Rockhurst High School’s coach for 36 seasons, announced his intent to retire from coaching after this season. The 70-year-old took the Hawklets head coaching job in 1983. Since then, he’s guided Rockhurst to 11 appearances in Missouri state championship games, winning seven state titles at “the Rock.” The telephone started ringing around 10 a.m. […]

  • Family of deadly hit-and-run victim ask public for answers, plan vigil in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police in one metro city need answers from the public. During the weekend, Independence police said a woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash, and detectives want to know who’s to blame. It’s a deep pain they can’t describe or accept. Family members of 30-year-old Misty Marie Collins are pleading for the public’s input. Collins, a mother of two, was killed while walking along a stretch of U.S. Highway 24 near Kiger Road on Sunday. A social […]

  • Olathe schools, Garmin forge new program to train future techs, college grads with no student debt

    OLATHE, Kan. — One local school system says its helping build a pipeline of hirable talent. Educators with the Olathe School District said they’ve established a new arrangement with Garmin, and it could land jobs for new graduates. Workforce vacancies will come in the not-so-distant future. The Olathe School District has a plan to fill them. Beginning with this school year, 11th and 12th grade students involved in the district’s Career and Technical Education program can get advanced training as […]

  • Overland Park team ready for ‘Little League World Series of Basketball,’ which it won last year

    A group of middle schoolers from the metro is chasing a basketball championship, one with the sport's biggest backers at its core.

  • KCI’s Terminal A demolished, making way for construction of new single terminal

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Out with the old. In with the new. Demolition crews at KCI Airport celebrated the efforts of the wrecking ball on Monday morning, as the final wall fell at the airport’s Terminal A. Clearing of the old building helped make way for the forthcoming terminal, which is on schedule to open in early 2023. The scraping and grinding on Terminal A’s remains is proof that something big is coming. “It’s exciting to see all the hustle […]

  • Former KCPD officer charged in crash that killed Shawnee Mission South student

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors say the driver who set off a multi-vehicle crash near Arrowhead Stadium and killed a Shawnee Mission South senior is a former KCPD officer who now faces involuntary manslaughter among other charges. Terrell E. Watkins, 34, is charged in the crash that claimed the life of 17-year-old Chandan Rajanna on October 21, 2018. Court documents say Watkins was driving a blue Ford van that Sunday afternoon north on I-435 before a Chiefs game when he […]

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