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
  • Seminary student, bishop from Kansas City present Chiefs jersey to Pope Francis at Vatican

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs will need to make plays to win the AFC Championship this weekend. A few prayers couldn’t hurt either. And Chiefs Kingdom may have a secret weapon stationed at the Vatican in Rome. Paul Sappington, a native of Peculiar, made his family in the metro proud, after taking part in a Chiefs-themed meeting with Pope Francis this week. The 27-year-old is studying to be a Catholic priest in Rome, Italy. On Thursday, his loved […]

  • Chiefs’ Colquitt surprises teen who got help from TeamSmile with Super Bowl tickets

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been said that peace begins with a smile. Nailah Davis said the pain in her mouth was awful. The 15-year-old had fought it for several months, and it was interfering with her abilities to sleep and eat. She said she dreaded going to a dentist because her family doesn’t have dental insurance. But today, thousands of metro kids like Davis can shine their pearly whites, thanks to TeamSmile, a nonprofit that provides free dentistry care […]

  • Toddler Chiefs fan, now grown, fondly remembers celebrated photo from 50 years ago

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A lot can happen in 50 years. Kansas City Chiefs fans of yesteryear would have never believed there’d be at least five decades between Super Bowl appearances. Countless football memories have been recorded since then, some of which have been hard for Kansas City fans. For one family from Blue Springs, a precious football recollection began with a family photo in 1970. Shannon Liptak was 5 months old at the time, and barely able to sit […]

  • Party preparations underway as Chiefs fans steady for AFC title game fun this weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city of fountains is a place known for sports celebrations. Sunday could be another big night in Kansas City’s Power & Light District and in living rooms across the metro, too. Grocery stores and celebratory spots are preparing for the AFC Championship Game and only the second time Chiefs Kingdom will host that crucial game. It’s easy to understand why touchdowns and tackles are the talk of the town. Kansas City Chiefs football fanatics across […]

  • After 3 snow plows hit last winter storm, Kansas officials using new idea to alert drivers

    During the last significant snowfall in the metro, the Kansas Department of Transportation said drivers hit and damaged three of its plows. One plow was hit twice on the same day.

  • Crews prepare for weekend ice and snow throughout metro

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The FOX4 weather team is anticipating a mix of winter weather headed for the Kansas City metro beginning Friday night into the weekend. That means streets throughout the metro will be potentially hazardous and local drivers may need a crash course in handling snow and ice. Lee’s Summit is among the metro cities preparing for winter’s return, beginning as early as Friday afternoon. Meteorologists predict a mix of rain and freezing rain that will eventually turn […]

  • Prevention’s a high priority for JoCo deep cleaning service as local flu totals rise

    LENEXA, Kan. — The flu bug is taking a big bite. Employees across the Kansas City metro are battling illness. One local physician told FOX4 this year’s wave of flu-related illness is the worst he’s seen in five years. Managers at one Johnson County cleaning company said they’re cleaning up by flu-proofing offices with deep, focused maintenance. Infectious bugs don`t get into your bloodstream without a little help. Lenexa-based Stratus Building Solutions specializes in cleaning up office surfaces where flu-causing […]

  • Police, ticket resellers warn against online scams ahead of Chiefs playoff appearance

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — It might be the Kansas City metro’s hottest ticket since the Royals won the World Series. Tickets are in steep demand for Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs playoffs game against the Houston Texans. But at least one metro police department reported fans are falling for an online ticket scam, one that involves fake digital ticket transfers. Those online ads from private sellers are tempting. Some of them, according to police, are fakes, including those offering Chiefs-Texans playoff […]

  • Concerned over gun theft, Liberty church and school ask Academy Sports to improve safety

    LIBERTY, Mo. — One spot in Thursday’s multi-city crime spree is the focus of some frustration. The Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Liberty is where 26-year-old Jeffrey Millsap jumped the store counter and, according to police, stole a handgun and ammunition after pulling a knife on a store clerk. Police say Millsap used the gun to wound a car dealer in Independence. Millsap was later shot and killed by police in Holt. That store shares a property line with […]

  • KCK fire officials say gas leak repaired that caused evacuation in KCK neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department says a gas leak that caused a neighborhood evacuation has been repaired. Fire crews in Kansas City, Kansas asked people to avoid the area near North 80th Street and Cleveland Avenue due to the gas leak just after 5 p.m.. This is a few blocks north of Parallel Parkway. KCKFD reported just after 9 p.m. that the gas leak has been repaired. Four houses in the area were been evacuated, […]

  • Metro family, others blame Jackson County website issues for late tax payments and fees

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The dollars they’re being charged don’t make sense. That’s the complaint from one metro family, angry over a late free they were charged on their Jackson County property taxes. They said they county’s website is to blame. It’s a frustration that’s costing Marlene Haley’s family money. She’s one of several taxpayers who has complained to FOX4 that the county’s tax collection website didn’t work. She said she tried multiple times on Dec. 31 to pay the […]

  • NTSB takes over investigation into deadly airplane crash near Johnson County airport

    OLATHE, Kan. — The investigation into Tuesday’s deadly airplane crash continues, as federal investigators take over the case. People living near the Johnson County Executive Airport said that a small plane made a severe left turn just after takeoff, and then, around 4 p.m., crashed to the ground. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board has boots on the ground in Olathe, working in coordination with local law enforcement officers as they explore the scene. “The damage we see to the […]

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