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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
  • Enhanced security in Westport on weekends helped keep visitors safe, city says

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a controversial move to require Westport visitors to pass through metal detectors on weekend nights, but on Friday, officials said it served its purpose. The enhanced security measures were put in place after several shootings in and near the entertainment district. The changes included metal detectors, security checkpoints and a long list of prohibited items you can’t bring to Westport on Friday and Saturday nights between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. This year, the […]

  • KCK police say KU Hospital shooting stemmed from domestic dispute

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A murder-suicide at KU Hospital was the result of a domestic dispute, KCK police say. The incident first started at 7th and Osage in KCK where a man and a woman were shot in a car. “I heard approximately at least 5 shots,” witness Vicente Jalindo said. It was a sound that interrupted the otherwise quiet Monday night near 7th and Osage, causing Jalindo to check out what in the world was going on. “And I was […]

  • KC police chief clears up confusion about marijuana use after Amendment 2 passes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s still confusion among some people about Amendment 2, which passed in November, allowing medical marijuana use in Missouri. KCPD Chief Rick Smith weighed in on the issue, saying his department will continue to enforce the laws of the state when it comes to illegal drug activity. Although the rule book is still being written about who can use marijuana and how they get it, one thing has not changed: Recreational use is still illegal in Missouri. […]

  • 22-year-old sentenced to life in prison in 2016 murder of KCK police captain

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The man accused of killing a KCK police captain in 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison. Jamaal Lewis, 22, was sentenced Friday in the death of 46-year-old Capt. Dave Melton. Lewis pleaded guilty in late October to first-degree murder, aggravated assault and  criminal discharge of a firearm.  He received life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years for the murder charge, 13 months for the assault charge and nine months for the […]

  • Family of intruder killed by Leavenworth woman say they’re not angry at her

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Police say a man broke into a 74-year-old woman’s home early Saturday, and the woman grabbed a gun she just bought the week before and fired. Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said the whole situation is tragic. Ralph Byrd, 41, died from a gunshot to the head, and the woman who shot him suffered a heart attack from the stress of the incident. She’s since been released from the hospital and is at home recovering. On Thursday, Leavenworth […]

  • KC city manager’s tweet prompts residents to take snow matters into their own hands

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since Sunday’s storm, many metro roads are still snow covered, making it very difficult to get around. The icy roads forced Kansas City Public Schools, as well as other districts, to close for the third day in a row Kansas City, Missouri is a big city with 6,400-lane miles to cover in the 320-square mile city. Some people who are sick of waiting for the city to clear the streets are taking matters into their own […]

  • Garden City mayor taking heat over controversial post on Facebook

    GARDEN CITY, Mo. – A Facebook post by an elected official in Garden City brings more heat on the small Missouri town. Garden City Mayor Daniel Cantrell has recently been in the news after laying off the city’s entire police department. Now, what many are calling a racist post has put him back in the headlines. Beginning with #DestroyedFromWithin, the Facebook post reads, “We have two Muslims in congress now. Apparently, people in this country have not read the story […]

  • Man fighting his own battle gives back during the holidays

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People flocked to the Linwood Salvation Army Thursday for great food and great fellowship. Everyone who stopped by had a story to tell, even the volunteers. Randy Bell has been volunteering for the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving and Christmas for 24 years. He starts cooking at 5 a.m. and knocks out 2,500 meals for people who need to be fed. “This is family, after 24 years,” Bell said. “I wouldn’t know what I would do if […]

  • After skimmer found on Independence ATM, experts offer tips for keeping card info safe

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo — A credit card skimmer was found on the ATM at a credit union in Independence, but not before the suspect got away with thousands of dollars. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, people don’t pay as much attention to their surroundings and how they use personal information like a credit card. Thieves know that and are getting more savvy about how they steal your money. Independence police are looking for a man they say […]

  • Garden City police officers sticking together after entire department laid off

    GARDEN CITY, Mo. — About one week after the entire Garden City Police Department was laid off, its seven former officers enjoyed a holiday meal together before they go their separate ways. “The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing,” Garden City Police Chief Thomas Alber said. Like a giant hug, the Garden City community embraced its former police officers who were laid off Nov. 14. On Tuesday, the seven officers, their families and members of the community […]

  • Garden City police chief believes he was suspended for speaking out on layoffs

    GARDEN CITY, Mo. — Layoffs for seven officers with the Garden City Police Department last week left Chief Thomas Alber as a one-man department. Alber said the day the layoffs happened, Nov. 14, he was told not to speak to the media. He did anyway because he considered the situation a matter of public safety. On Monday, Mayor Daniel Cantrell delivered a letter to Alber, suspending him indefinitely without pay. He believes that speaking out is the cause of the […]

  • Lane closures along I-435 in Johnson County cause major headaches during rush hours

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Road construction that has tied up traffic for two years along Interstate 435 hit a new snag Monday. The four-lane highway was reduced to one lane. In order to finish up the reconstruction project that has been going on since May 2017, it was necessary to put traffic from Quivira to Metcalf into one lane. That way, in the closed lanes, crews could remove the temporary stripes and put down permanent pavement markings. “Just bear with us. […]