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Shannon is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined FOX 4 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
  • Witnesses recount scary moments after shots fired at Plaza and manhunt ensues

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — It was a scary day for a lot of people at the County Club Plaza. Shots were fired and a 3-hour manhunt for a suspect ensued. The incident was reported just before noon Tuesday outside the new Shake Shack near 47th and Summit streets. No one was hurt, but the fear for witnesses was strong. “We hear those five or six shots come off, and then we see people running from the front door, which was kind […]

  • Patriots fan who threw beer at Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill now facing charges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — First, a Patriots fan who threw beer into Tyreek Hill’s face after a touchdown was banned from Gillette Stadium. Now, that man is facing charges. Foxborough police have charged a 21-year-old Massachusetts man with disorderly conduct and throwing an object at a sporting event. The man’s name has not been released. “I just think that is ridiculous and how un-sportsman like. It makes me shake to think that they treat us like that when we are […]

  • Suspect arrested in deadly hit-and-run that killed 2 in Overland Park, sources say

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The families of two young men killed in a hit-and-run crash in Overland Park might be one step closer to answers. A 45-year-old man has been booked into the Johnson County jail for failure to stop at an accident resulting in death. That man, sources say, is the suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr and 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey. Police said on Saturday the driver of dark Honda van struck Siebuhr’s vehicle and sent it […]

  • Dog left in flooded kennel in Blue Springs sparks outrage on social media

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A dog standing in flood water inside of its kennel in Blue Springs has gone viral, but there are two very different sides to this story. Neighbor Samantha Sell took the video after she said the dog had been in the flooded kennel for days. She said it started Friday as the storms rolled in. “The water wasn’t as bad. It was sloshy for about a day, but then the rain started building, and it wasn’t […]

  • KC security company asks for reinstated license after illegal operations accusations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Force One Security wants its license to do business in Kansas City reinstated. The company’s license was revoked Sept. 21 after the KCPD Private Licensing Unit sent a letter stating numerous serious concerns, including a fatal shooting outside of Yum Yum Bar and Grill in June. Two Force One Security guards are charged with murder, and a third employee is facing charges for hiding one of their guns. Nathan Garrett, president of the KC Board of […]

  • Friends and neighbors remember 17-year-old girl killed in Raytown shooting

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Gunfire ended the life of a metro teenearly Friday morning. Makayla Brooks, 17, died from injuries in a shooting inside a home near Blue Ridge Boulevard and Sterling at about 1 a.m. Katie Henshaw lives across the street from where Brooks lived with her mom. Henshaw and her grandfather, Bruce Roggy, said for the 6 years they have known the Brooks family, it was not a good environment there. “I would always tell her I am here […]

  • Kansas City fire captain accused in federal court of selling guns to felons, including one used in murder

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Mo., fire captain is charged in federal court with illegally selling firearms to felons. James Samuels, 52, was charged Monday with illegally selling an AR-15 .223 caliber rifle and at least 80 rounds of ammunition to someone later identified as a confidential informant for the ATF. At the time of the sale the informant posed as a convicted felon and told Samuels that he was planning to shoot four people. Samuels still sold the […]

  • Metro residents show their support for local police in ‘Working for Blue’ initiative

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a long and inspiring day, as people from throughout the metro showed support for those who keep us safe. FOX4’s Working for Blue got off to a strong start right from the beginning. Viewers started calling in at the start of Thursday’s telethon, donating money to provide bulletproof vests and helmets for law enforcement agencies that don’t have the equipment needed to keep officers safe. “As a police officer, I have had the feeling […]

  • Sharice Davids doesn’t show at Kansas 3rd District forum in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK. Kan. — It was billed as the first time Republican Kevin Yoder and Democrat Sharice Davids, the congressional candidates in the key Kansas 3rd District, would be on the same stage. In the end, the Johnson County Bar Association audience was left with only one candidate. Davids’ no show at the Johnson County Bar Association Forum left many wondering if she and Yoder will ever appear together, side by side. It’s one of the most important congressional races […]

  • 11-year-old girl & 3-year-old boy dead, 4 injured in crash just east of Ottawa

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Kan. — Two children are dead following a crash just east of Ottawa, Kan. Monday night. It happened around 8:36 p.m. Monday along K-68 at Tennessee Road. According the Kansas Highway Patrol Online Crash Log, the driver of Ford Focus carrying five occupants including four kids did not yield to a Subaru Baja heading the opposite direction and entered the intersection. The Subaru hit the Focus on the passenger side. An 11-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy both died […]

  • Of the nearly 1,300 sex offenders missing in Missouri, Jackson County has the most

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway is sounding the alarm that your children might not be safe from sex predators. Galloway did an audit of registered sex offenders who are not in compliance in Missouri and found that Jackson County has the highest percentage of non-compliant sex offenders. That means if law enforcement doesn’t know where they are, neither do you. Statewide, more than 1,200 registered sex offenders are unaccounted for, and 800 of them are Tier […]

  • Security company loses license to work in KC after investigation into illegal operations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — FOX4 first told you about concerns with Force One Security in June after four of its security guards shot and killed a man outside of Yum Yum Bar & Grill in Kansas City. Since then, FOX4 has uncovered other violations. As a result, the company can no longer do business in Kansas City, Missouri. “Numerous and serious concerns surrounding Force One security and consulting” is mentioned as the reason the company lost its license in a […]