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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
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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
  • Kansas City woman bites her attacker to escape during sexual assault; suspect charged

    Editor’s note: Some details in this story are graphic. Discretion is advised. KANSAS CITY, Mo — A Lee’s Summit man charged in a violent alleged sexual assault appeared in court Monday. Spencer Franklin, 24, is facing a long list of criminal charges, including sodomy, armed criminal action, burglary and assault, after he broke into a metro woman’s home and attacked her. The victim in this horrifying situation decided to fight back and bit Franklin’s genitals. Police say the act was […]

  • Kansas City man charged in hit-and-run that killed Gladstone man

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — It was good police work that led police to the 24-year-old who they say is the suspect in a deadly hit and run in December 2017. Ryan Rossiter was hit and killed Dec. 9 while walking home from work near N.E. 73rd Terrace and Missouri Highway 1 in Gladstone. Police tracked down 24-year-old Drake Taylor, who they say hit Rossiter and left the scene. When police caught up to Taylor, court documents state he smelled like an […]

  • 67-year-old man killed in shooting near 33rd and Wabash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a shooting Friday night that left a man dead on a Kansas City home’s front porch. KCPD Capt. Lionel Colon said the homicide happened near 33rd and Wabash. Officers were dispatched to the area around 4:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found an older man on the porch of a home. He was later identified as 67-year-old Morris “Mack” Clay. Colon said investigators are searching for a 1999 green 4-door Honda with tinted […]

  • FBI answers lead to more questions on how felon passed background check to buy gun

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — An FBI background check wasn’t enough to stop a dangerous felon from buying a gun he used to shoot three Kansas City police officers. You saw it first on FOX4 Tuesday night, the breakdown that allowed Marlin Mack to buy the gun. FOX4 Problem Solvers continue to ask questions about how Mack was allowed to buy the gun, and we’ve gotten some answers. Those answers have brought up more questions. Police say 25-year-old Marlin Mack shot […]

  • Two bodies found near Longview Lake area

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officials have confirmed to FOX4 that two bodies were found in the Longview Lake area on Wednesday afternoon. Police have not yet confirmed the identities of the bodies but say they are investigating whether they are the two men who recently disappeared. The area of investigation is in the 12500 block of Raytown Road. The bodies were found deep in the woods. Homicide and crime scene detectives are at the scene. “Given the location it is important […]

  • Convicted felon passed FBI background check to buy gun used to shoot 3 KC officers

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The investigation into three KCMO police officers who were shot and injured July 15 has uncovered that a convicted felon legally bought the gun from a metro store after passing an FBI background check. This story begins July 6 when 25-year-old Marlin Mack was caught on surveillance video after walking in to J’s Fish and Chicken Market at 54th and Prospect. That’s where police say he shot and killed UMKC graduate student Sharath Koppu during an attempted […]

  • Family’s attorney says former Leavenworth officer wasn’t provoked in deadly police shooting

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A grand jury has indicted a former Leavenworth police officer accused of killing a 47-year-old man when responding to a disturbance call last summer. Leavenworth County District Attorney Todd Thompson said the grand jury has charged former officer Matthew Harrington with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Antonio Garcia Jr. The news was a big relief for the Garcia family. Harrington was called to a house on Rose Street in July 2017 after Garcia and his stepson got into an […]

  • Olathe East teacher under investigation for child porn found dead

    OLATHE, Kan – An investigation involving child pornography and a metro teacher ended when the teacher took his own life. FOX4 was first to report that 46-year-old John Derby, who was a teacher in the art department at Olathe East High School, was found dead Thursday night in a field in De Soto shortly after police raided his Overland Park apartment looking for child porn. According to the Olathe East website, Derby taught metals, jewelry and ceramics and had been […]

  • Rash of recent gun store thefts threatens to further increase metro violence

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Gun shop thefts are up over 100 percent nationwide. For the most part, the Kansas City metro has been somewhat insulated from that, until recently. There have been five gun store burglaries in just two months in the metro. The latest one happened early Thursday morning at The Armory KC on 40 Highway in Independence. Law enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are scrambling to find these weapons they say are in the […]

  • Meet the owner of the gun-mounted Jeep Kris Kobach used at Shawnee parade

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Don Erbert had no idea his Jeep would cause such an uproar when Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach rode in it in the Old Shawnee Days Parade. Tuesday night, as Kobach’s supporters gathered in Topeka, Don Erbert once again proudly put his Jeep on display. The Iola, Kansas, resident bought the Jeep in Arkansas when it was just red. On the way home, he decided it needed an American flag paint job and a replica machine […]

  • Kobach and Colyer discuss what’s next in GOP primary race for Kansas governor

    TOPEKA, Kan. — It’s very unusual that, 24 hours after polls closed, we still don’t know who the GOP candidate for Kansas governor will be — and the wait will likely be much longer. While the official winner of the GOP primary in the race for governor gets sorted out, both Kris Kobach and Jeff Colyer have both started campaigning for the general election. “191 votes, what an exciting night it was, what an exciting race,” Kobach said during a […]

  • Caught on helmet camera, cyclist struck head-on by distracted Peculiar police officer

    PECULIAR, Mo. — A cyclist riding through Peculiar was left sore and in disbelief Thursday night after being hit by an SUV, which was driven by an on-duty police officer. The cause of the crash was admitted inattentive driving. “I was travelling eastbound on 211 Street on the Raymore – Peculiar line. I had stopped at the stop sign with the intersection at County Road J. There were cars coming in both directions. I didn`t feel comfortable pulling out so […]