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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
  • Neon sign enthusiast wants glowing permanent home for illuminated KC history

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city is buzzing about neon signs that used to hang around town. There aren’t many of them on display around the metro, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely gone. “It glows. It’s just magical,” Nick Vedros said, while basking in the glow of a large neon sign. When those neon pieces of history light up, so does Vedros, who founded the Lumi Neon Sign Museum. It’s believed to be the first pocket of preservation for […]

  • Developer announces $300M project for Great Mall of the Great Plains property

    OLATHE, Kan. — The former Great Mall of the Great Plains property is getting another chance. Woodbury Corporation, a Salt Lake City-based real estate development company, announced Tuesday it plans to redevelop the 100-acre site, located at 151st Street and Interstate 35. The Great Mall of the Great Plains closed down in September 2015 and demolition on the mall began in July 2016. Now, the empty land will be transformed into a mixed-use property named Mentum. The $300 million project […]

  • Center middle-schoolers deliver cyber-bullying advice to KC kids through fun play

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s happening and, sometimes, right underneath parents’ eyes. Cellphones, social media and video games offer a brand new breed of bullying problems to address. No matter the circumstances: Nobody has to be bullied. In the digital age, experts say the trouble has spread to online video games, where young people are being harassed by their peers. On Monday, drama students from Center Middle School performed their “Anti Bullying Traveling Show” as students at Boone Elementary School […]

  • Generous football players at Shawnee Mission East raising money for Toys for Tots

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — In a sport known for hard hits, there’s often heart as well. Football players at Shawnee Mission East High School have taken on a new project: raising money to help Toys for Tots, the philanthropic arm of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Touchdowns for Tots, as the Lancers entitled their effort, uses pledges and donations — typically a dollar per touchdown scored — from the public at large. The football team plans to spend that […]

  • NKC Schools auto tech students named as national finalists in prestigious contest

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a lot of horsepower under the hood at one metro high school. Auto tech students at North Kansas City Schools have been nominated for a prestigious honor, one that’s traditionally reserved for small colleges and trade schools. It takes more than a socket set to learn auto repair. The hard work is paying off with national recognition for the auto tech program at NKC Schools. Students in the district’s big Northland garage have already […]

  • Missouri native, killed in Pearl Harbor, finally laid to rest nearly 8 decades later

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — More than 75 years is a long time to be away from home. On Wednesday morning, a fallen military hero got his just rewards and was laid to rest nearly eight decades after leaving home for the U.S. Navy. The long trip home began with a ride in style, more than seven decades after the journey began. On Wednesday morning, U.S. Navy Seaman Harold Head finally returned to his hometown, Laclede, Missouri, on what would have been his […]

  • Shawnee Mission students will now get full meal even if they don’t have lunch money

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — It’s hard for kids to learn when they’re hungry. Shawnee Mission School District leaders have approved a new policy that will provide meals for students who don’t have lunch money, but not everyone is on board with the new plan. At Monday`s board meeting, the Shawnee Mission School District voted unanimously to approve plans to provide a multi-item lunch — instead of a grilled cheese sandwich and milk, which is the provision the district used for students […]

  • Rainy weekend leaves metro companies busy bailing out basements

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — All of the rain had to go somewhere. An underwater weekend, part of a five-day stretch of steady rain in the Kansas City metro, left many homeowners calling for help with their wet basements. It’s a cause and effect nobody wants in their home, as witnessed in a large Leawood home near Mission Road. One side of the house’s unfinished basement has a few inches of water standing. The cellar’s other side has a crew of three […]

  • Family of toddler fighting cancer overjoyed by support from Lee’s Summit football team

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The arrival of October means high school football games begin to get serious. The sense of urgency to help the family of a sick child is even stronger at Lee’s Summit High School. Their Friday night battle against neighboring rival Lee’s Summit North was played as part of Siege for the Cure, an effort organized by the Tiger Football program, to help local families of life-threatening illnesses. Step inside a waiting room at Children’s Mercy Hospital, […]

  • 14-year-old dirt track driver from Overland Park shining against experienced pro drivers

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — He just got his learner’s permit to drive. That hasn’t slowed down 14-year-old Luke Howard, who’s already showing up experienced professional race drivers. The Blue Valley freshman has a garage full of goals to chase from the cockpits of three race cars. He’s competing in the respected POWRi War Series for sprint car racing, where he often races against drivers three times his age. “I started in this kind of car when I was nine,” Howard said […]

  • ‘Calm and cool’: Chiefs fans impressed by Mahomes’ offensive improv

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — The secret is out. The entire football world is talking about the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs and their dynamic quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who led a furious come-from-behind win against Denver on Monday night. Mahomes, 23, is cool, calm and collecting wins. The second-year pro gave us another peek into his palette of performance, leading an astounding fourth quarter comeback on the road against the Broncos. In the early portion of the fourth quarter, Mahomes and his […]

  • KCK first responders rescue grandfather from fall in attic, stay to assist with project

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — They always come when something’s burning. However, when firefighters in KCK responded to an emergency at a home near Piper on Friday, they found an injured grandfather who’d suffered a dangerous fall in a tight spot. Ken Hargis, 71, had taken a tumble in his unfinished garage attic while installing insulation there on Friday. Hargis had lost his balance while working in the dark, hot attic, and when he fell, he landed on a supportive wooden […]