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
  • Clay County could lose over $280,000 in federal funding because of incomplete audit

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Clay County could lose thousands of dollars in federal funding, more than $280,000 to be a bit more specific. It’s money that helps fund the sheriff’s office and other programs, and the deadline for the two grants is Friday. But the county said it doesn’t have everything it needs to apply. To receive federal funding, an annual audit is required with the application. Clay County said it’s been waiting for that audit from accounting firm RSM, which […]

  • New research shows vaping could be just as bad for heart health as smoking

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Vaping is now considered an epidemic. New research shows vaping not only affects the lungs but other organs as well. Since vaping is relatively new, not much is known about its longterm affects on the body. But doctors say what’s happening to people who vape so far is alarming. “I mean, it’s honestly, it’s almost like the AIDS epidemic from the ’80s in infectious disease. This is a scary epidemic, and it’s self-inflicted,” said Dr. Andrew […]

  • Baccala manager says late-night shooting shouldn’t reflect negatively on his KC strip club

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Two days after a shooting that happened outside of a Kansas City strip club, police still haven’t made any arrests. The general manager of Baccala Gentleman’s Club believes his club has been unfairly associated with the shooting and gave FOX4 a look at how he keeps his customers safe. It was 2:40 a.m. Sunday when KCPD officers, responding to a call at the BP down the street, heard a barrage of bullets coming from outside Baccala. […]

  • Cameras across Missouri catch the meteor that streaked through the sky Monday night

    People across the state reported seeing the bright streak speed through the sky on Nov. 11.

  • 30 years ago, this Kansas City man witnessed history as the Berlin Wall came down

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Saturday marks 30 years since the Berlin Wall came down. Bill Brunkhardt had a front row seat to the historic day. He was there on Nov. 9, 1989, a 19-year-old sophomore at Pepperdine University, studying abroad in Berlin. The day started with him and his friends getting a rare opportunity to visit communist-controlled East Berlin. “Unfortunately, even someone was trying to escape that day and was shot,” he said. Unbeknownst to them, that would be the […]

  • Take an exclusive look inside KCPD’s Vice Squad and the X-rated crimes it chases

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  • Proposed conversion therapy ban heads to KCMO City Council for vote

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee heard impassioned pleas on both sides of a conversion therapy debate Wednesday. Supporters of the conversion therapy ban say it is a dangerous practice, but there are others who say that not allowing this type of therapy is dangerous for people who are struggling with their sexuality. The committee heard heartbreaking stories from members of the LGBTQ community about their experiences with social discrimination and conversion therapy. The proposed […]

  • Proposed downtown Olathe apartments stir controversy, questions about Old Settlers’ future

    OLATHE, Kan. — The city of Olathe has big plans to revitalize downtown and is offering incentives for private investors to do so. A proposal has been approved by the Planning Committee and is on its way to the City Council, but some people say it’s all moving way too fast. Pamela Hall grew up in Olathe during the good old days of a vibrant downtown. “I remember when we had shops and a theater and restaurants and all sorts […]

  • After investigation, prosecutors to decide on charges in Wyandotte County jail incident

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Wyandotte County officials say a criminal investigation into a September incident at the county jail is now finished. But they still aren’t saying what happened at the jail that day. Sheriff Don Ash held a press conference Friday afternoon to offer a statement and a few updates, but not a lot of details. You can rewatch the press conference in the video player below. Last week, the sheriff’s office said an incident occurred between employees and […]

  • ‘A great day’: Luke Bryan gives local fan battling cancer a special surprise at KC concert

    OLATHE, Kan. — About 14,000 packed the Sprint Center on Wednesday night for Luke Bryan’s first indoor Farm Tour concert, rescheduled because of rain in early October. In the crowd sat a special fan who got a big surprise. FOX4 first introduced you to John Ernst when his friends and family threw a Luke Bryan street party as a send off before the elementary school principal left to begin neuroendocrine cancer treatment at the University of Iowa Cancer Clinic. It […]

  • KC Animal Control no longer responding to nuisance and stray animal calls

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Animal control officers in Kansas City will no longer be responding to stray animal calls. It’s a decision animal activists say will put lost pets in danger. “It`s not going to be a good winter,” freelance animal rescuer Teri Deister said. “We have no way of helping these dogs because if animal control is not going to come out and pick them up, these animals are just going to be left to wander the streets.” Like […]

  • Shawnee Mission North marching band surprises woman on 85th birthday with special song

    Band members announced their presence with music, which the woman heard and stepped outside her home to 93 students delivering her big birthday surprise.

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