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
  • Man in hazmat suit stalking south Overland Park neighborhoods has residents on alert

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — He’s dressed in white from head to toe, apparently covering his face so no one recognizes him. That’s what people in several south Overland Park neighborhoods found on their home surveillance videos this week. Folks in the Summerwood Estates, Polo Fields and Mills Farm neighborhoods aren’t used to a lot of criminal activity. So when somebody started stalking the neighborhoods, it alarmed a lot of people. “That`s creepy,” Officer John Lacy said when he watched the […]

  • Felon hired at Hickman Mills then charged raises questions about district’s background checks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Hickman Mills School District mentor who’s been charged with two counts of enticement of a child has raised questions about the vetting process of people who work in the district. The Hickman Mills School District hasn’t been totally transparent regarding what it knew about Gary Curry before he was hired. But FOX4 Problem Solvers has uncovered the man who worked with children is a convicted felon — and parents in the district had no idea. […]

  • Hickman Mills employee charged, accused of sexual advances toward 9-year-old girl

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — After an 8-month investigation, a Hickman Mills School District mentor has been charged with two counts of enticement of a child. Prosecutors say the 61-year-old man’s victim was in the fourth grade. “She was 9 years old at the time,” the victim’s mother Shanara Wilson said. “I am the voice for my daughter.” Wilson is a mamma bear who has not stopped growling about the inappropriate sexual advances allegedly made toward her daughter by 61-year-old Gary […]

  • As Lake Perry floods, marina and nearby neighborhood feel the negative effects

    PERRY, Kan. — Flooding continues to cause problems for people and businesses throughout the Midwest. It’s shutting down businesses and running people from their homes. Anything under the water at Lake Perry that’s broken, like gas lines, can’t be fixed until the water recedes. That’s causing big problems for the marina and a neighborhood right next to the lake. “It’s a bummer, you know? The boating season is four months long and boaters are losing a good two months the […]

  • Family says 13-year-old boy shot in KCK was an innocent bystander

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A 13-year-old boy shot Thursday is recovering at a local hospital. The people who shot him are still on the run, so FOX4 is not using his name. Once in critical condition, the boy is improving and very lucky to be alive. “Bullets really don’t have a name,” said the victim’s cousin, Jarien Darnell. “Literally they were going for his older cousin, and he was just an innocent bystander.” The boy, who turned 13 last week, […]

  • As Linwood residents comb through trampled homes, some find small signs of hope

    LINWOOD Kan. – The debris left in the wake of the tornado that ripped through Northeast Kansas on Tuesday spans several miles on the outskirts of town. Some things in that debris field are almost unbelievable. “That is my parents king-sized mattress,” Amy Lurken said about the mattress that was carried about 70 yards until it was caught up in a tree. “These are large willow trees that it is over, and there are pieces of it that have impaled […]

  • Linwood man who lost wife in previous tornado hit again, home damaged

    LINWOOD, Kan.–  Victims of the EF-4 tornado that ripped through Northeast Kansas spent Wednesday combing through debris that is scattered as far as the eye can see. Among the rubble are stories of survival that make victims feel they are lucky that material things are all they lost. It’s the second time a tornado has changed Dennie Roberts’ life. This time damaging his house and destroying out buildings on his Linwood property. But a tornado in 2003 took something irreplaceable. […]

  • Crumbling infrastructure making it difficult for some people to get around The Plaza

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Uneven sidewalks and crumbling curbs in the metro may be an inconvenience for many people, but for others it is downright dangerous. Independence is an extremely important word for those of us with disabilities,” disability advocate Susie Haake said. She lives just off of the Country Club Plaza and it is her playground. “This is my place to be out in the world, to learn and to share and to eat and shop and spend money,” […]

  • Metro man frustrated after finding dirty needles outside of Independence daycare

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Unfortunately, it was no surprise to the people who live in the neighborhood when they found something very dangerous that someone left behind. Christopher Weeks had just dropped his son off at school when he came home and noticed a bunch of orange things littering the street in front of his house and yard near East Winner Road and South Ralston Avenue. A dozen used syringes were scattered about. “A lot of people were saying maybe they […]

  • Jefferson City man opened his home to neighbors during tornado, likely saved their lives

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – A pristine mobile home neighborhood near State Route 54 was directly in the path of the tornado that ripped through Jefferson City. If it weren’t for a neighbor willing to share space in his stone house next door, many of the folks who lived in those mobile homes could have been killed. “Every time a new couple moves into the trailer park, I always go and offer them my help and friendship,” Paul Smyer said. “I […]

  • ‘God is going to get us through this’: Jefferson City church flattened by tornado

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo — The stage where the preaching used to happen at the House of Refuge is covered in debris, while the bulk of the church is now strewn across the back yard. The church sits directly in the path of the EF-3 tornado that ravaged Jefferson City on Wednesday. It barreled through just three hours after the church emptied out for the night. The tornado wiped out the church and, at the same time, ripped something else away […]

  • Jefferson City man recounts moment his ‘whole house exploded’ as tornado hit

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Most of the devastation around the state capital spans a 3-square-mile radius. Two dozen people were injured and at least nine were  hospitalized. Those stats are pretty amazing when you see the conditions of the homes and apartment buildings in the path of the storm. On Jackson Street, James Miller stood on his back porch, watching the weather move in as the tornado sirens blared. “When the wind kicked up and started roaring, I told my […]

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