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
  • Center Schools asking for $48 million in bond money, in part, to replace aging elementary

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One educator compared it to a square peg in a round hole. Parents at Indian Creek Elementary School are asking voters for big bucks, part of which is meant to replace the aging school, which saw its origin in the early 1970’s. A proposed bond will appear on the ballot April 2, asking voters to approve $48 million to make improvements to six schools in the Center School District and to replace Indian Creek altogether. Educators […]

  • Flood concerns rise, along with river depths, in Atchison, a city familiar with high water

    ATCHISON, Kan. — Concern over ongoing flooding is high in one Missouri River city. Floodwaters have threatened Atchison in the past, and people who’ve lived there a long time are bracing for water that’s slowly creeping into downtown. The scene along the banks of the Missouri River delivers a sick feeling. As the river continues to burst from its banks and rush along at a rapid clip, people in Atchison are on the edges of their seats. The city’s older […]

  • Name puzzles, created by metro student, helping special education students learn

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — School can be tougher for some kids than others. That’s the challenge one high school student from Independence tackled, as he used a project from a woodworking class to help other kids learn one letter at a time. What began as a class assignment is now a labor of love. At Little Blue Elementary School in Independence, students with special needs are learning their names more easily, thanks to Connor Hiciano. He’s a Van Horn High School […]

  • Evacuation ordered in Holt County town, yet some residents staying despite flood risk

    CRAIG, Mo. — The mayor of Craig calls it a “mandatory voluntary” evacuation. People don’t have to leave, but they’re being encouraged to for their own safety. But as levees continue to break, people in the small Holt County town are working to save their city. Every drop of sweat is needed. Leaders in Craig said another levee broke Tuesday morning, and heavy equipment has been brought in to help load sand bags more efficiently. Mayor Rhonda Hunsinger said people […]

  • Some NW Missouri residents evacuating, some staying as flood waters begin to rise

    HOLT COUNTY, Mo. — Hundreds of Holt County, Missouri residents are evacuating their homes, seeking safety from water rushing down river. The center of the flooding is Big Lake, Missouri, located about an hour north of St. Joseph, Missouri, off Interstate-29, near the Nebraska border. Even finding a road to get to the Missouri town with a population of 145 is a challenge since Holt County’s main drag State Road 159 is completely under water. County emergency management tells FOX4 […]

  • FOX4/Hy-Vee Game Night basketball highlights from March 8

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The high school basketball season is in its final days with state playoffs in full swing. FOX4’s Sean McDowell has scores from the around the area, and highlights from Blue Valley Northwest vs. Shawnee Mission South, Piper vs. Trinity, Basehor-Linwood vs. Bishop Carroll and St. Thomas Aquinas vs. McPherson. Check it out in the video player above.

  • Prairie Village Catholic school criticized for denying child enrollment due to parent’s same-sex marriage

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — A Johnson County Catholic parish has been thrust into the national spotlight. St. Ann’s Catholic School and Church, located on Mission Road in Prairie Village, rejected a kindergartner for this school year, when the child’s parents admitted they are in a same-sex marriage. Now, supporters of that couple want the decision, made by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, reconsidered. St. Ann’s church leaders remain silent on the issue, for the most part. A petition in […]

  • UMKC ‘Roo’ signs cause concern from some city officials

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s tough to navigate downtown Kansas City, Missouri without running across a “Roo.” On Tuesday, University of Missouri-Kansas City’s ad campaign, meant to show there are UMKC graduates are everywhere, went into full swing. The yellow diamond signs with kangaroo’s on them, which resemble city traffic markers, are placed on posts near city streets. “We have 200 signs that are randomly placed about town,” Anne Hartung-Spenner said, UMKC vice chancellor for marketing. “They are in places […]

  • Local wildlife experts issue friendly reminder about coyote movement in urban areas

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Here’s a warning for the next time you decide to take a stroll. Wildlife experts say coyotes are making their annual movements into neighborhoods like yours — and the wild animals have been spotted on the Country Club Plaza within the past year. It isn’t that coyotes are coming to us, so much as we’ve gone to them. Missouri Department of Conservation biologists remind us wild animals owned areas like the Country Club Plaza before people […]

  • FOX4/Hy-Vee Game Night basketball highlights from March 1

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The high school basketball season is rolling along. FOX4’s Sean McDowell has scores from the around the area, and highlights from Olathe West vs. Blue Valley Northwest, Chanute vs. Bishop Miege, Lee’s Summit North vs. Rockhurst, Park Hill vs. Park Hill South and Oak Grove vs. Raytown South. Check it out in the video player above.

  • After one rescue tests positive for rabies, 25 other dogs quarantined in JoCo as a precaution

    MISSION, Kan. — Animal lovers in Johnson County are concerned about rabies and a dog imported from overseas that’s been euthanized. State officials report that dog, a Beladi, which is native to Egypt, was put down, and a post-mortem examination showed it had rabies. A spokesperson for Unleashed Pet Rescue in Mission said that dog, named Kim, was one of 26 dogs imported to Kansas, and that all of them were vaccinated before bringing them overseas. Those animals are currently […]

  • Metro professors sound off about Cohen hearings, question former Trump attorney’s credibility

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The buzz from the nation’s capital was deafening on Wednesday. The Congressional hearings involving Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, were trending on social media all day. FOX4 sought unbiased observations from two political science professors in the Kansas City metro, both of whom were pinned to the proceedings all afternoon. Cohen has broken a number of laws, including lying before Congress. He’s admitted to that much. His Wednesday testimony caught the ears […]

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