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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
  • Latest lab results show improvements, more work in fight against autoimmune disease

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — For five months now, FOX4 reporter Shannon O’Brien has been documenting her fight against autoimmune disease. About 50 million people in the U.S. have an autoimmune disease of some sort, and that number is increasing at an alarming rate. Shannon has a disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Basically, her immune system is trying to kill her thyroid. She’s taken us through her journey and got some surprising results at her most recent doctor’s appointment. Guiding her is […]

  • Northland neighbors irritated with piles of trash going uncollected

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Trash is piling up in one Northland neighborhood, and people who live there are getting pretty frustrated. Neighbors near Northeast 101st Terrace and North Oak Trafficway are living amongst garbage — literally. Trash that should have been picked up Monday is still sitting in on the curb. Residents say their trash service is erratic at best. Sometimes it gets picked up Monday as scheduled, sometimes it is Tuesday. When residents called the city’s 311 line Wednesday, […]

  • Crossroads Correctional Facility still a dangerous mess, inmate’s parents and employees say

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents of inmates at Crossroads Correctional Center say conditions have deteriorated since a riot almost two  months ago. Inmates, their parents and employees said they feel helpless about what’s going on inside the Missouri state prison. They called the treatment of men at the Cameron prison inhumane and described conditions as dangerous. “I don`t know who to reach out to get anything done. You guys were the only ones who I knew could be their voice […]

  • How you can protect yourself and the environment on an ‘Air Quality Alert Day’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Monday was an Air Quality Alert Day, as is Tuesday, but many need to look up exactly what an “Orange Alert” means. FOX4 is working for you to break down why these days are declared, and what you need to know to keep you and your family safe. The Mid-America Regional Council puts out an ozone forecast every day. Green is good, yellow is moderate and orange means that certain people will have problems with pollution […]

  • Mom of two Kearney girls found dead appears in court for domestic violence case

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The mother of two girls who were found dead outside of their Kearney home on the Fourth of July appeared before a judge Monday to answer to charges not related to the girls deaths. The families of 2-year-old Ireland Ribando and her 7-week-old sister Goodnknight Ribando packed the Clay County court room and sobbed when the girls’ mother appeared before a judge. The family of the girls walked out without comment after the first appearance of Jenna […]

  • Clay County community rushes to support family of 2 young sisters found dead

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — The Clay County community is coming together to help the family of two sisters who were found dead July 4. Ali Dickens woke up to the news of two dead children and knew she had to do something to help. It’s just one of the random acts of kindness shown to the the Ribando family since 2-year-old Ireland and her 7-week-old sister Goodknight were found not breathing by their mother outside of their home, possibly left […]

  • ‘I cannot believe it’: Family in shock after two young sisters found dead in Clay County

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — The investigation into two young sisters’ mysterious deaths is not over, but regardless, the girls’ family is devastated. Teresa Bailey was getting ready for an Independence Day party when two sheriff’s detectives showed up at her home, looking for her son. Those detectives came with unexpected news: Bailey’s two young granddaughters had died. Goodknight Berretta June Ribando, who was just 7 weeks old, and her 2-year-old sister, Ireland Autumn Jane Ribando, were found unresponsive outside their […]

  • Family identifies sisters whose deaths are being investigated in Clay County

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — Family has identified two young sisters who died on Wednesday as investigators try to figure out what happened to them. The younger sister is Goodknight Berretta June Ribando, who was born on Mother’s Day and was 7 weeks old. Ireland Autumn Jane Ribando was 2 years old. So far investigators say there are no signs of foul play. A GoFundMe has been set up for their funeral expenses. FOX4 reached out to Clay County investigators Thursday morning […]

  • Metro experts offer tips for staying safe while shooting off fireworks, first aid essentials

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As many people in the Kansas City metro know from the late-night bangs heard in many neighborhoods, the fireworks have already started ahead of Independence Day. With the big day upon us, the staff at Research Medical Center’s Grossman Burn Center said the number one safety tip is to not shoot off fireworks. But that’s not reality for many people who like to blow things up on the Fourth of July. Bob Hafner said the problem […]

  • KCPD diversity officer working to act as liaison for city’s LGBTQ community

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Majority of the nearly 1,400 KC police officers fight crime on the street, but there’s a small number of officers making the city safer in a whole new way. Officer Kim Shaw-Ellis is a unit of one, but she’s mighty and passionate. As a KCPD Diversity Officer, her job is to act as a liaison between minority communities that feel under-served, to give them a voice — including the LGBTQ community. “Every community, every person in […]

  • FOX4 asks candidates for Kansas governor four questions about vision for state’s top office

    In the Kansas race for governor, the primaries are just over a month away and the field is packed with candidates looking to sit in the top office in the state. FOX4’s Shannon O’Brien interviewed all of the Republican and Democratic candidates on the ballot in August to help you decide. You can watch all of their interviews in full here: We’ve also broken down each question by candidate. Click on their name to jump straight to their answer: Question […]

  • Metro man freed following wrongful conviction facing legal trouble once again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He spent nearly two decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, and just a year after his release, he could soon be behind bars again. In 2017, Richard Jones was cleared of a robbery he did not commit and freed from prison after 17 years behind bars. Two weeks ago, he was arrested again. Police said they got a call from the daughter of Jones’ live-in girlfriend. The woman said while visiting their house […]