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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
  • Young victim’s dad calls former teacher a ‘monster’ after more sexual assault charges surface

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A fourth set of accusations of sexual assault have surfaced against a former metro school teacher. Randall Carter, 42, appeared in a Johnson County courtroom Thursday, answering to another set of accusations that he sexually abused minors. Carter was a teacher at Pathway Academy and a former youth pastor at a church in the metro. The father of one victim, who had already come forward concerning her accusations against Carter, said the former teacher is “a […]

  • Former charter school teacher facing more child sexual assault allegations in Johnson County

    OLATHE, Kan. — Already facing five charges related to sexual assault of children, Johnson County prosecutors brought more charges against a former Kansas City charter school teacher. Randall K. Carter II, 42, is facing three new allegations, including rape of a child less than 14 years old, aggravated indecent liberties and criminal sodomy with a teenager. Carter used to teach at Lee A. Tolbert Academy, Pathway Academy and University Academy, schools where FOX4’s Shannon O’Brien reported he allegedly met his […]

  • Independence police launching street crimes unit, confronting violent and property-based offenses

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Crime numbers in Independence are on the rise. Police realize that, and they’re using a new plan of attack to confront street crimes head on, dedicating more officers to the most common crimes. They’re not always the crimes that grab headlines, but they’re often the ones that hit home first. The Independence Police Department is preparing to launch its new Street Crimes Unit, where eight specialized officers will respond to street-level calls that primarily concern disorder and […]

  • Lawsuit filed against Independence Power and Light after flood of over-billing complaints

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a summer filled with complaints. Customers of Independence Power and Light said they’ve had huge spikes in their bills. Now, one customer is suing the utility company as part of a class-action lawsuit. The expense was more than he could bear. Independence native Barry Jones, a retired firefighter who now operates a small business, said his monthly bill tripled over just a few months. That`s what led him to file a lawsuit against the […]

  • Owner fed up after Independence liquor store robbed twice in one day

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — One store owner in the metro said she’s had enough. Tessa Orr, owner of KC Liquors, said her store, which sits on U.S. Highway 40, was robbed twice on Monday. In two robberies, thieves made off with thousands worth of stolen cigarettes. On both occasions, Orr’s surveillance cameras show a pack of thieves working together robbed her establishment. Those cameras show a crew of three people distracting the store’s only clerk around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, while […]

  • Female athletes in Missouri celebrate as girls wrestling added as team sport for high schools

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s being called a victory for high school athletes in the metro. The sport of wrestling is no longer reserved for boys only, as Missouri schools are leveling the playing field. Missouri is now the ninth U.S. state to sanction girls wrestling as a championship sport at the high school level. A big step toward athletic equality begins by getting down and dirty. That fact could be seen in action at Oak Park High School on […]

  • Snap decision by kidney patient helped him avoid blizzard, receive life-saving transplant

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Severe weather events, such as this weekend’s blizzard, can force people into quick decisions. That’s what happened to one metro couple on Saturday, who, as inclement weather warnings grow more serious, made a spur-of-the-moment decision that saved a life. The timing could only have been heaven sent. That’s how Bill Casselman, 58, described his weekend. The retired railroad worker had waited for a donor kidney to arrive for nearly four years. He and his wife Angela visited […]

  • Letter carriers ask for assistance from residents during snowy season

    BELTON, Mo. — Not everyone can take shelter from the weather at an indoor job. Some people, including letter carriers from the United States Postal Service, don’t get snow days, and as the old adage goes, “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” There’s not one thing about this line of work that Rodney Goulding doesn’t love. However, when the weather turns bad during the winter […]

  • Lenexa-based Christ Preparatory celebrates national home-school football championship

    LENEXA, Kan. — It’s a weekend made for football champions. While several high school football programs in the metro are playing for state titles, one unique team from Johnson County has already celebrated its signature victory. On Nov. 17, Christ Preparatory Academy won the National Homeschool Football Association Tournament, which was played outside Atlanta, Georgia. The Patriots (11-2) knocked off Landmark Christian, another home-school team from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. “Let’s have a good practice. We know our jobs. Let’s […]

  • Platte Woods police officers surprise drivers with ‘thank you’ cards on Thanksgiving

    PLATTE WOODS, Mo. — Drivers don’t usually want to be pulled over by the police. On Thanksgiving Thursday, officers from one metro police department add a surprise gimme to each routine traffic stop. It’s their way of pausing to thank the public. Drivers never see the surprise coming. On Thanksgiving Day, officers from the Platte Woods Police Department delivered expressions of their appreciation to motorists they’d stop. When Deputy Chief Tom Noon and Officer Robert Cutler pull drivers over for […]

  • ‘Blackout Wednesday’ marks beginning of metro police’s heavier focus on drunk driving

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some know the day before Thanksgiving as “Blackout Wednesday.” Others have nicknamed it “Drinksgiving.” Statistics show that date annually is popular for binge drinking, which often leads to drunk driving crashes. Bars and taverns are usually filled with customers on this day each year, and law enforcement officials recognize the occasion as the start of the holiday crackdown on drunk drivers. A news release from the Platte County Sheriff’s Department said 14 police agencies are joining […]

  • KCK teacher, known for teaching English to multicultural students, named Kansas teacher of the year

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s more than an award. A special accolade for a Wyandotte County teacher said being named top of her profession is a golden chance to grow. “I’m just very appreciative of this opportunity and proud to be a teacher from KCK,” Wyandotte High School teacher Whitney Morgan told FOX4. The state of Kansas has 309 public school districts, each of which nominated one instructor as Teacher of the Year, a statewide honor that eventually went to […]