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
  • FOX4/Hy-Vee Game Night: High school football highlights, scores from Nov. 8

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another week of playoff football is in the books for teams across the metro. FOX4’s Harold Kuntz and Sean McDowell break down this week’s highlights and scores in the video player above.

  • Enthusiasm in strong supply with St. James’ equipment manager, who lives with spina bifida

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — The juice that Noah Kalny brings can’t be measured. You have to feel it for yourself. St. James Academy’s football program (5-4) has a family element to their atmosphere that wins football games and warms hearts at the same time. Kalny is one of 12 student equipment managers within the Thunder football huddle. Kalny, a senior at the private Catholic school, gives it his all, and doesn’t let being born with a form of spina bifida stop […]

  • KC metro’s largest eSports competition has videogamers excited for weekend festival

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The future has arrived, and it will be on display this weekend. Nextech KC will host the first-ever eSports and Tech Festival at Hy-Vee Arena in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. Promoters said it’s a huge tech showcase that will feature the largest eSports competition in metro history. The event is expected to draw thousands of gamers and video game enthusiasts, some of whom will actually sleep at the arena, rather than hit the hay elsewhere. The […]

  • City leaders prepare to restore Paseo street signs in response to vote against MLK name

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — What once was old is new again. On Tuesday, roughly two-thirds of Kansas City voters rejected the recently-renamed Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The ballot asked city leaders to revert to the former Paseo Boulevard name. The citizen petition-led drive scored a big win at the polls. On Wednesday, city leaders said the street sign changes will begin as soon as votes are verified. Nearly 70 percent of the vote, which came from a low voter […]

  • KC sisters accuse animal control officers of abuse after dog loses 27 teeth during bite call

    Editor’s note: Some viewers might find some of the footage included in the video above graphic.  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One metro family says their dog has been abused. Their concern stems from a weekend biting incident, resulting in most of their dog’s teeth being knocked out. The Whitmire sisters, Berneithia and Pamela, complain officers used too much force outside their home near 53rd and Hedges. Berneithia and Pamela said they came home from church on Friday to find their […]

  • Blue Springs police warn of phone scammer, pretending to be officer and demanding money

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Telephone scams are getting more sophisticated. Blue Spring Police are warning about one series of disreputable calls that involves a scammer pretending to be with the police. A police spokesperson said that fraudulent caller cost one Blue Springs resident $9,000. BSPD Officer Reed Kotake said these callers, who appear to be based overseas, are using spoofing apps to fool unsuspecting people. Kotake said that scammer called one woman from Blue Springs and, while pretending to be […]

  • Rockhurst’s trainer brings decades of experience to football team and hockey knowledge, too

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Rockhurst enters the postseason to take on Lee’s Summit, the Hawklets have a leader behind the scenes who shares a world of experience. Step inside Paul McGannon’s office and there will be more than tape waiting. McGannon owns Sports Rehab, an athletic therapy company, and when Rockhurst’s athletic trainer moved out of town eight years ago, the boss himself stepped in. His time at Rockhurst goes back even further than that though. “My dad was […]

  • Fight off zombies and more in a new virtual reality world in KC’s Crossroads

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new company is transporting people into another world to offer a unique fright. FlipSwitch VR in the Crossroads District uses virtual reality to immerse gamers in experiences such as Arizona Sunshine — a pretend nuclear missile site that has been taken over by aggressive zombies. When players move, so does the game — and the zombies! James Harbison and Alex Harbolt are gaming experts at FlitSwitch VR. Anyone age 10 and older can get in […]

  • Metro football star, a transfer from Topeka, to miss playoffs after being ruled ineligible

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — High school football playoffs begin Thursday in the Sunflower State. When they do, one of Kansas’ top up-and-coming receivers won’t be in uniform. His family said the reasons behind that inactivity are unfair. Making connections has never been a problem for football star Mekhi Miller who, as a freshman, caught seven for the varsity team at Topeka High School last season. The University of Kansas has already offered Miller, now a sophomore, a college football scholarship. […]

  • Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour show in Louisburg moved to KC’s Sprint Center

    LOUISBURG, Kan. — Rained out the first time. This time, snow brings changes to Luke Bryan’s local concert. Sprint Center confirmed to FOX4 Tuesday that country singer Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour show scheduled for Louisburg, Kansas, on Wednesday has been moved to Sprint Center. The move was made due to winter weather that will be moving into the area. After sunset, a cold rain will begin and will transition to a wintry mix by Wednesday morning.  A Winter Weather Advisory […]

  • KC business owner furious after truck driver pours concrete mix into car wash bay

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s enough to make one metro business owner fuming mad. An act of carelessness has left part of his car wash unusable, and he wants to know who did it. When Dennis Nash saw his security cameras on his mobile app, he couldn’t believe it. He’s owned the Soft Touch Car Wash at Winchester Avenue and Longview Road for 16 years. On Oct. 21, those cameras recorded a red Chevy pickup truck driver who was towing […]

  • Three sets of brothers all play on undefeated Summit Christian football team

    Whatever they're doing at Summit Christian Academy (8-0) is working fine. The Eagles have won 15 of their last 17 regular season ballgames.

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