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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
  • Inmates at Lansing prison repair hundreds of bicycles for free for kids in need

    LANSING, Kan. — Serving hard time can soften some incarcerated people. Minimum security inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility have an unusual hobby to fill some of their time: providing refurbished bicycles for less-fortunate children. The basement of one minimum security building has been transformed into the prison’s bike shop. Each year, inmates such as 29-year-old Brandon Pollett take in and repair kids’ bicycles. The Lansing Correctional Facility bike program delivers them to kids in need in time for the […]

  • At Kansas City Zoo, geriatric animals receive special therapy for aches and pains

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Getting older isn’t for wimps. That’s true in the animal world as well. Approximately a third of the animals housed at the Kansas City Zoo are considered geriatric, or entering the final quarter of their life expectancy. But the zoo’s animal health staff regularly works to help their older animals feel young again. Furry friends develop aches and pains the same as any of us do. The Kansas City Zoo is home to roughly 2,000 animals. […]

  • Young advocate for stroke victims remembered as ‘tsunami’ ahead of memorial in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A Johnson County family is mourning the loss of a young woman who aspired to help fellow stroke survivors. Olathe native Blake Ephraim, 21, died on July 15 in Arizona, where her family relocated nearly three years ago. On Thursday, her family planned to gather for a memorial service in her honor. In her 21 years, Ephraim left a large positive impression on the world. The Olathe South graduate no longer called Johnson County her home, […]

  • ‘An outrageous amount’: Independence residents frustrated with high utility bills

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It feels like her head is on fire: That’s how one Independence woman describes her anger, having received a monthly water bill for $490. She and other people living on one street near Sterling Avenue say their electric and water bills have shot sky-high. Angelica Vigliaturo, a disabled grandmother, and her family have lived in their three-bedroom home for two years, and she said the water service bill she received for more than $400 is stunning and […]

  • 10-year-old boy brings gun to Johnson County camp, accidentally discharges in backpack

    NEW CENTURY, Kan. — Johnson County Parks and Recreation District police are investigating after a 10-year-old boy brought a gun to camp on Tuesday, and it accidentally discharged in his backpack. The district says this happened around 11 a.m., at the New Century Fieldhouse during a science camp. Nobody was hurt. Capt. Ron Weber tells FOX4 that the gun was never removed from the backpack, but when the boy moved it around while trying to get something else inside the […]

  • Historians in Independence rally for preservation of pre-Civil War era cabin

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Some say its a local treasure. Others think of the Pioneer Spring Cabin in Independence as an eyesore since its fallen into disrepair over the years. Local history buffs are trying to guard the cabin from relocation, or perhaps, the wrecking ball. Its roots date back to the early 1800s, but the Pioneer Spring Cabin is a hot topic in Independence right now. That historical site, which sits near the city’s downtown, represents the early days of […]

  • Balloon therapy surgery developed by Overland Park urologist helping men with incontinence

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — It’s an embarrassing problem that often hits men over 50. That’s a certainty for men who’ve had prostate cancer surgery, many of whom suffer from the side effect of urinary incontinence. But an Overland Park-based urologist has developed a new procedure that’s helping men restore their confidence. It`s being called a revolutionary procedure that`s restoring older men`s strength. The new PROAct technique is being used at Mid-America Surgery Institute in Overland Park. Dr. Steve Nash helped […]

  • Metro nonprofit, known for acts of kindness, thankful for surprise pickup truck donation

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It’s hard to help others if you don’t have a ride. On Thursday, a metro nonprofit known for acts of generosity got a gift of its own — the surprise donation of a used pickup truck. Cheers of joy spread throughout Independence car dealer Cars Plus Credit, Inc., which sits on Highway 24. Jennifer McCartney said she never saw the moment coming. As she walked through that used car parking lot, she slowly realized her friends and […]

  • Leawood 15-year-old organizes music festival to spread teen mental health awareness

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — There are teenagers in need of help, and some are afraid to seek it. That, in a nutshell, is the reason a metro 15-year-old is organizing the You Matter Music Festival. Eight bands will gather at the stadium at Blue Valley High School where they’ll play positive jams and encourage fellow teens to seek care as needed for their mental health. And Will Gurley speaks from experience. He’s been making music for eight years, and a year ago, […]

  • Center High football standout invited to exclusive Navy-based foreign exchange program

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It won’t be long before high school football season blasts off again. Many Missouri schools are working out now in preparation for opening night kickoffs on Aug. 24. Kansas schools will begin their seasons seven days later on Aug. 31. The bar is high at Center High School, where the Yellow Jackets turned heads again (10-3) last season. But many of the talented upperclassmen from a year ago have graduated, and tenth-year coach Bryan DeLong will […]

  • Police searching for thief stealing sentimental yard decor from older Blue Springs residents

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Police say stealing from older people is one of the lowest forms of crime. Detectives in Blue Springs are searching for whomever is stealing yard decorations from one community off R.D. Mize Road. In many cases, those ornaments have strong sentimental value to their owners, most of whom are of retirement age or older. Blue Springs police said they’ve received as many as 20 reports from people living in the Vespers neighborhood, a community with a […]

  • Blue Springs day care neglected, emotionally abused kids with ‘dark room’ punishment, investigators say

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — It’s a situation that horrified some children in Jackson County. A state investigation into a metro church and day care center is complete, and it shows kids were abused by a teacher there. The Missouri Department of Social Services’ report said the former director of Timothy Lutheran Daycare used fear to punish kids when they misbehaved. FOX4 acquired a copy of that report after it was completed last Wednesday. “It’s disturbing. It’s hard to process. It’s […]