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
  • Levee topped, streets begin to flood in Jefferson City

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Floodwaters from the Missouri River have topped a levee at Jefferson City and shut down some streets around the state Capitol as residents continue cleaning up from a powerful tornado. The flooding Friday had been forecast following heavy rain throughout the Midwest earlier in the week. Yet it still caught some people by surprise, as it came on a hot sunny day. The city’s airport had already been evacuated, but other residents and workers drove precariously […]

  • Soggy basements leave homeowners desperate for bailout assistance amid heavy rain

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Johnson County has been soaked to the bone in recent days. FOX4’s weather team reported the metro has cleared 5 inches of rain since Saturday, which is well above average. That’s left homeowners scrambling to get the water out of their cellars and to bail out their basements. Restoration experts FOX4 spoke with Wednesday said the phone is the most powerful weapon we have. Telephones rang off the hook at companies like HL Restoration, where basement bailout […]

  • Cass County residents contending with floodwaters from Tuesday’s rainy deluge

    PLEASANT HILL, Mo. — All of Tuesday’s rainfall has to go somewhere. People living in Cass County spent the day dealing with rising water, most of which came from overflowing creeks and rivers. As of Tuesday night, it threatened only streets and highways. However, anxious residents across the county were worried about where the flooding could lead. Traffic barricades are a common sight as two stretches of State Route 58 were closed to cars, including a well-traveled area near downtown […]

  • Graduation walk inspiring for Olathe Northwest student severely injured in 2015 accident

    OLATHE, Kan. — A breathtaking surprise came during a metro high school graduation on Sunday. It was a touching moment that no one in the graduating class, or the crowd in attendance at Olathe Northwest High School’s graduation ceremony saw coming. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Olathe Northwest student Anna Sarol, along with more than 500 of her classmates, got her diploma at a ceremony on Sunday night. Four years ago, Anna was injured in a gymnastics […]

  • Hawaiian Hitfest baseball expects millions in metro economic impact this weekend

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — The metro takes on a Polynesian vibe this weekend. Organizers of the Hawaiian Hitfest Baseball Tournament claim their event is the biggest baseball tournament in the world. Don’t bother with the surfboards. Say Aloha with bats and balls this weekend. Tournament organizers said they’re bringing over 1,000 youth baseball and softball teams to the metro this weekend. Jeremy McDowell, who operates Midwest Sports Productions, said his group estimates $2.6 million in business comes to the metro as […]

  • 78-year-old PGA Tour caddy thankful to survive heart attack suffered at KC tournament

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Golf is a game of skill and a little luck. The game on the greens is more physical than you may realize, too. Professional caddies on the PGA Tour can walk as much as 6 miles per day, up and down hills, while carrying heavy bags. One longtime pro caddy got the scare of his life during last weekend’s Tour tournament in south Kansas City. All he knew was that he didn’t feel like himself. […]

  • Marching Cobras drummers surprised with donated drums from FOX4’s Band of Angels

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’re the sound of this city. The celebrated Marching Cobras Drill Team has been making music at local parades, celebrations and parties for 50 years. Its directors estimate 1,300 musicians have been part of their history. When you have as much talent as the Cobras do, crowds often gather to watch performances. That was the case on Thursday, as the Cobras marched up Grand Boulevard past Crown Center to what they understood to be just another […]

  • $3.6M budget shortfall in Independence may call for insurance changes for employees, retirees

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It’s a problem that’s been growing for years. City leaders in Independence report a $3.6 million shortfall in the city’s general operating budget. Zach Walker, Independence city manager, said the shortfall isn’t related to any particular event or project, but the city has to address it. Part of the proposed recovery plan includes possible changes to insurance programs for city workers, including those who’ve retired. At a recent city council meeting, Walker announced his desire to move […]

  • Viral video of Shawnee Mission North pole vaulter wows viewers with 360 midair spin

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — It’s more attention that he could have imagined. One high school athlete from Johnson County is becoming a viral sensation, just for doing what came natural. Connor Bell, a 15-year-old freshman from Shawnee Mission North, said he’s getting a kick out of his spin toward celebrity status. It took athleticism and a will not to get hurt. Bell, one of seven pole vaulters from Shawnee Mission North, said he’s vaulted as high as 10-feet, 6-inches. Last […]

  • 14-year-old boy dead after shooting in Northland off of North Oak

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 14-year-old boy is dead after a shooting in the Northland just north of I-29 and east of 169-Highway. Police said the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. near Northeast 50th Terrace  and North Oak. Kansas City police said on Tuesday afternoon that the shooting wasn’t intentional, and the result of two juveniles playing with the gun while other family members were sleeping. A shot was fired and the teenager died after being struck in the head. […]

  • Pleasant Hill soccer star playing in memory of lost loved one, climbing Missouri career goals scored list

    PLEASANT HILL, Mo. — High school soccer teams get their kicks by scoring goals. They’ve accomplished that and more at Pleasant Hill High School, where the Chicks (19-1) are about to begin the postseason. They’ve been winning games and inspiring others too, along with a team leader who plays in memory of a lost loved one. The Chicks are also our FOX4 HyVee Team of the Week. This soccer club has learned to lean on each other, especially when times […]

  • Inspirational singer at Staley High succeeds in music despite total blindness

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been said that seeing is believing. That’s not necessarily the case at one Northland high school, where there’s something a little different about the school’s music groups. Staley High School’s women’s choir has been a musical Mecca for scores of talented singers, including junior Grace Fisher. She’s been without the use of her eyes all of her life. But many of Staley`s musicals, including the ongoing “Emerald City,” depend on cues from choir director Tracy […]

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