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
  • Judge delays trial for man accused of killing 2 Wyandotte deputies for third mental exam

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Wyandotte County judge is delaying trial to make sure the man accused of killing two Wyandotte County deputies is competent to stand trial. Antoine Fielder, 30, has been charged with two counts of capital murder for allegedly killing Deputy Patrick Rohrer and Deputy Theresa King on June 15, 2018. He’s also charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly stealing Rohrer’s gun, which he used in the shooting. King and Rohrer were killed when a shackled Fielder allegedly […]

  • New FDA-approved drug gives hope to women suffering from postpartum depression

    MISSION, Kan. — Postpartum depression affects 1 in 7 women, but there haven’t been any pharmaceutical fixes for the disorder until now. While not perfect, a new drug just approved by the FDA does provide hope for women who are suffering. Cynthia Schroer experienced postpartum depression after multiple pregnancies but didn’t recognize what it was after giving birth to her first child. “It was a game changer for me,” Schroer said. “But I found myself just struggling to get through […]

  • KCPD officer receives Medal of Valor for quick action in shooting while off-duty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — A KCPD officer received the department’s highest honor Tuesday. Chief Rick Smith delivered a Medal of Valor to Officer Jared Tipton, who’s been on the job for just a year and a half. “It’s a great feeling,” Tipton said. “Really good feeling. I never thought I would be here, never thought I would be wearing this uniform and definitely never thought I would have that.” The most recent Medal of Valor awarded at Tuesday’s Board of […]

  • Man charged in shooting after Center HS graduation gets probation instead of prison

    OLATHE, Kan. — A man who pleaded guilty to a shooting outside of the Church of the Resurrection won’t be going to prison for that crime. Damon Gwinn shot an innocent bystander while targeting someone else after Center High School’s graduation last May. That teen recovered. Gwinn was charged with aggravated battery and reckless harm for the shooting. On Monday, the 21-year-old was sentenced to 36 months of probation. The sentence was a surprise to many courtroom observers, especially because […]

  • Dozens in KC’s Muslim community gather to pray after shootings at New Zealand mosques

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — After an armed man shot and killed dozens of people at two mosques in New Zealand, it’s shaken the Muslim community here in Kansas City. On Friday, many offered prayers for brothers and sisters halfway around the world during a prayer service at the Masjidu Nuur Islamic Community Center in Kansas City. “When the gunman went into the mosque and he shoot everybody, there was a lady who was asking for his mercy and he shot […]

  • Howling winds topple tree, making a magnet for disaster in Kansas City neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The high winds did damage around town Thursday, knocking out power to thousands of customers, some of the worst damage was in the neighborhood behind the stadiums on East 4th Street near Raytown Road. “It has just been a debacle today,” said Josh Collett. Two cars were involved in two different wrecks, and a close third, all because of a tree that came crashing down in the wind. “I had woken up shortly before it happened […]

  • KCPD helping give ex-offenders a chance to succeed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It can be a struggle to find work with a rap sheet and the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department is trying to help those they have dealt with on the other side of the law find jobs. The second annual Ex-Offender Hiring Fair took place Wednesday at South Patrol. Experience has not been enough to overcome Dwight Chaplin’s felony record. He has been out of jail for a year-and-a half, bouncing from one low paying job […]

  • Rescue group sees skyrocketing pet adoptions, drops euthanization rates in Raytown

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A Raytown rescue group has turned around the city’s stray animal program. Before Midwest Animal ResQ took over, if there was a stray in the city, it was more likely to be killed than reunited with a family or adopted. Previously, stray cats were considered wildlife and euthanized right away. “Now, these kittens don’t have to just face the end of the road because somebody didn’t get their cat fixed,” Sydney Mollentine with Midwest Animal ResQ said. […]

  • Driver in stolen vehicle crashes into KCPD officer while trying to get away

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A driver trying to avoid police crashed into a patrol car Tuesday. It happened around 11:15 a.m. at the Conoco Station at 11th and Hardesty. Police said officers noticed a stolen vehicle, tried to stop it, but the driver refused and intentionally crashed into the police car before taking off. An officer and a citizen on a ride along were inside the patrol car at the time of the crash. Neither were seriously injured. Police are […]

  • Jackson County legislators accuse Executive’s Office of manipulating report on new jail

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo — The strained relationship between the Jackson County Legislature and the Jackson County Executive’s Office was on display Monday. The legislative session in Independence got heated. The disagreement is over a report recommended specifications for a new county jail. The word trust was front and center at the Jackson County legislative meeting, and it turns out there wasn’t a lot of it in the room. “I don’t like being called a liar,” Jackson County Executive Frank White said […]

  • ‘No playlist’ list at two popular Westport bars stirs controversy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is a controversy exploding on social media regarding the music playlist at two popular Westport bars. There are 12 artists and 29 songs on the “No Playlist” at Johnny Kaws and Johnny Kaws Yard Bar. The vast majority are African American and that has some people questioning why. “It is not black music, it is white, black, green, from mars, it is a loved genera of music,” Joshua Hudspeth said. Hudspeth posted the “No Playlist” […]

  • Midtown condos nearly closed after KCFD issued emergency orders to building managers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Residents on the verge of being kicked out of their Midtown condos are not only afraid of losing their homes, but also losing their lives after finding out the fire detection systems in their buildings do not work. The issue prompted the Kansas City Fire Department to issue emergency orders telling the management of Park Reserve Condominiums to fix the broken fire alarm and sprinkler system, or else. The deadline was set for Thursday at 3 […]

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