Shannon is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined FOX4 in November 2013. She was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from The Barstow School. She is thrilled to be working in Kansas City, telling the stories of the hometown she loves!
Shannon is always looking for stories that impact people in the Kansas City area. Email her at Shannon.OBrien@wdaftv4.com, or find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ShannonOBrienTV and Twitter @ShannonOBTV
More about Shannon:
Shannon began her career as a Reporter at WHNS-TV in Greenville, SC, where she learned the ins and outs of reporting. From there, Shannon headed north to Cleveland, Ohio, where she was a reporter for WOIO-TV. While in Cleveland, Shannon developed her skills as an aggressive reporter covering breaking news, crime and court stories and investigative journalism. Some of her notable stories include the exclusive interview of the girlfriend of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell. Shannon discovered the woman was the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson and lived in the home during the time period in which Sowell murdered 11 women and buried them in his yard and home. That interview was crucial to police in piecing together what happened in that home and convicting Sowell of the murders.
Shannon then continued east to Providence, R.I. where she was an anchor/reporter for WLNE-TV. As the weekend anchor, she also produced her show, which allowed her to master the art of putting together an entire newscast. As a reporter in Providence, Shannon broke many memorable stories, including obtaining the Pre-Sentence Report of Kimberly Fry. Fry killed her 8-year-old daughter because the child would not take a bath. She did not testify at trial, but after she was found guilty she gave details of what she says happened that night in this confidential report. Such a document had not been obtained by a Journalist since the sentencing of Former Mayor Buddy Cianci in 1986.
Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Going to college in the Washington, D.C. area fostered Shannon’s interest in politics and law, which has been instrumental in shaping her career as a Journalist.
Shannon is involved in many philanthropic organizations across the country, including the BOTAR organization in Kansas City. Her passions include cooking, music, the theatre, sports and most of all The Kansas City Chiefs! She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 nieces Jordan and Teagan and her dog Daisy.


Recent Articles
  • KCK officer caught on camera asleep at the wheel in lane of traffic

    KANSAS CITY,  Kan. — A Kansas City, Kansas police officer was caught on camera snoozing in his vehicle in a lane of traffic on a road near the Legends Outlets. The man who shot the video says the officer, who was on duty at the time, chose to fall asleep in a lane of traffic between Children’s Mercy Park and Nebraska Furniture Mart. On his way to work around 4 a.m. Thursday, LaMar Lynch saw a KCK police car sitting […]

  • Local teacher facing child porn charges had another job working closely with young girls

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — A metro man charged with having hundreds of illegal pictures of children held jobs as a substitute teacher and a classroom paraprofessional. But FOX4 has learned Shawn McNair also held another job that put him in contact with kids. McNair has been a gymnastics coach at Champions Gymnastics Academy in Raytown, and parents of athletes there are freaked out about the accusations. “I was just like shaking, and my stomach was upset and I just — […]

  • Former metro substitute teacher charged with child pornography possession

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former local substitute teacher, once investigated for taking pictures of female students, is now charged with possession of child pornography. Shawn McNair has been charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. He’s a man whose career involves being around children, more specifically, special needs children. McNair was arrested by sheriff’s deputies outside of his home in Lake Tapawingo on Tuesday afternoon. Court records state that investigators found 31 pictures and 293 videos of […]

  • ‘Go Chiefs!’ This 1965 Chiefs Cheerleader is still just as spunky as she was 54 years ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — While looking forward to big Chiefs wins, FOX4 is also looking back on Kansas City Chiefs history. As the players have evolved, so has the group on the field who cheers for them. “I got these earrings many, many years ago when I was a Chiefs cheerleader,” Lorraine Guastella Vaughan said, showing off her big, round earrings with a Chiefs helmet in the center. “Fifty-four years ago I was a Chiefs cheerleader.” From 1965-1969, Vaughn was […]

  • 21-year-old charged in KC shooting that left man killed, 5-month-old baby injured

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 21-year-old is now facing charges in a deadly shooting where another 21-year-old was killed and a 5-month-old baby was also injured. Nicholas James has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and child endangerment in the death of DeAndre Chiney. The deadly shooting happened just before 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Valley Court Townhomes near 23rd and Wheeling. Court records filed Friday say Chiney and the baby’s mother […]

  • Jury makes surprising statement after double murder verdict in Wyandotte County

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The acquittal of a man charged with the double murder of a Wyandotte County woman and her unborn baby is raising questions about how the district attorney’s office handled the case. In a rare move, the jury made a statement, on the record, that they regretted having to find the defendant not guilty. “When I heard about this today that murder suspect Magee got off, they had to acquit him because the district attorney’s office, one […]

  • Former Olathe East teacher, city councilman sentenced to jail for sex assault of student

    OLATHE, Kan. — A former Olathe East teacher and Shawnee city councilman is going to jail for sexually assaulting a student. Justin Adrian was sentenced to 32 months in prison, but because of a mediation agreement with the state, he will spend 60 days in jail and then be on probation. Adrian was convicted in October of aggravated battery and sexual battery for sexually assaulting a student at school in 2018. Court documents say Adrian began talking to the student […]

  • Firefighters from across the metro volunteer to stay at side of fallen brother’s body

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — As Chuck McCormick’s family finalizes his funeral arrangements, his fellow firefighters are standing by his side. The body of the fallen West Peculiar firefighter is now resting at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery. It’s where he’ll remain until the visitation Friday, but McCormick won’t be alone. “It’s very important for us that we are here to pay our respects and show the family that we are going to be here for them we are going […]

  • Still shocked, West Peculiar fire chief recounts scene of blaze that killed one of his firefighters

    PECULIAR, Mo. — Fire investigators have wrapped up the investigation into what caused a deadly house fire Sunday morning. West Peculiar Fire District firefighter Chuck McCormick was killed while fighting the fire. The call to the home on Deer Run Road and 221st Street came in as a fire in the laundry room on the first floor of the house. A burned up drier seen sitting in the yard Monday was first thought to have started the fire, according to […]

  • Shooting suspect was former customer at Independence car dealership, owner says

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo — A shooting at the Landmark Dodge Used Car Warehouse on Noland Road happened quickly Thursday and was totally unexpected. Used car sales manager Jody Hendrick was shot by a former customer. “Just a great guy, and we’re so pleased that our friend is going to be OK,” Landmark owner Doug Fletcher said of Hendrick. But as for the suspect, they have no clue what motivated him. “He bought a car three or four months ago, and that`s […]

  • KC man comes less than an inch from being killed by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — A Kansas City couple left a New Year’s Eve celebration early, thinking the roads would be dangerous after midnight. They had no idea that the most dangerous place that night would be inside of their home. Lisa Hoff and her boyfriend Frank were sleeping in their bed when a bullet ripped through the wall of their bedroom, coming just millimeters from hitting Frank. “His head was right here, and it put a hole in our comforter. […]

  • Family reacts to arrest in KCK murder of mom and 2 kids

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The arrest of a triple homicide suspect is leaving the victims’ family asking a lot of questions. “I don’t know why.” Ana Rodriguez said, an aunt of two of the victims. “I mean that’s when I wanna know I wanna know why he did it.” Rodriguez is talking about 31 year-old Ismael Caballero. He is in police custody and being held on a first degree murder charge in connection with the deaths of 31 year-old Yazmine […]

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