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
  • ‘Obviously, I stopped’: Man recounts helping 4-year-old found wandering KC streets naked

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A child found dirty and scared, wandering the streets at 4 a.m. has police possibly building a case against her mother. The crying little girl, just 4 years old, was found early Friday near Blue Parkway and Lawn Avenue without any clothes. Her father told FOX4 he’s broken by what happened to his little girl because he partly blames himself. He and the girl’s mother split up, and he said he worried about his daughter in […]

  • Leawood elementary students rally together, protecting trans student from hate group

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — A Shawnee Mission school community came together to support a child targeted by hate. Groups of parents and students walked to school Wednesday morning in a show of support and solidarity. “Together we are unstoppable,” read a chalk sign drawn on the sidewalk in front of Brookwood Elementary School. It’s more than just a chalk sidewalk sign though, it is a sentiment children and parents at Brookwood are living. “It’s really about a celebration of our community […]

  • On his first birthday as a free man in 23 years, Ricky Kidd sees a transformed Kansas City

    Kidd was in awe Tuesday, saying if he didn't know better, he would think he was in a different city.

  • ‘I was suffocating’: Leavenworth teen hospitalized for lung injury caused by vaping

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Almost daily you see stories on the national news about people rushed to the hospital because of vaping. Now it’s hit home as metro teens are being affected. “It felt like I was suffocating,” Kathryn DeLoia said. The 17-year-old walked out of the hospital Monday after waking up Saturday night unable to breathe. “They had only seen it mostly in people that came in with vaping issues in their lungs, and they said my lungs looked decades […]

  • Kansas City woman opens specialty food pantry for people who have food allergies

    With her two children in mind, this woman started the Food Equity Initiative. It's a food pantry within a food pantry for people who suffer from autoimmune diseases and food allergies.

  • ‘We are not vigilantes’: KC neighbors taking crime-fighting into their own hands

    Tired of simply reading about the crime in his neighborhood, this resident said he decided to do something about it.

  • ‘Walking toward the light’: Man exonerated in 2008 helping Ricky Kidd transition to freedom

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ricky Kidd laughs easily now, and you can hardly wipe the smile from his face. He’s enjoying life as a free man after spending 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Kidd walked out of prison three weeks ago after a judge ruled the double murder case he was convicted of in 1996 was deeply flawed. “I have been able to sleep in a comfortable bed. I have been able to eat […]

  • Judge in Kylr Yust case orders mental health evaluation but intent on starting trial on time

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Kylr Yust, charged with murdering Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions, was back in court on Tuesday. His attorneys were seeking to delay the beginning of his trial. The judge said it has been a year since he scheduled the trial to begin November 4, and he’s not pushing it out. Yust’s attorneys say a psychiatrist they hired for a competency exam of the 30-year-old said he’s not competent to stand trial, that he doesn’t understand the proceedings […]

  • ‘Too close to home’: Witness speaks out about weekend homicide at Noble Park

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — After over a dozen gunshots flew through an east side neighborhood Saturday, the shooting left one woman dead and a man critically injured. The death of Angela Banks is the 101st homicide in Kansas City this year with no signs of the crime terrorizing the town slowing down. Friends who called her Angela B. said she was a very nice person, loving mother and good friend who wasn’t into trouble — just in the wrong place […]

  • Teacher’s union files complaints that Shawnee Mission schools retaliated against teachers

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A metro teacher’s union is reacting Friday to what they say was a retaliation transfer of three of its teachers. In a rare move, the National Education Association of Shawnee Mission has filed a complaint with the Kansas Department of Labor. They claim three teachers from John Diemer Elementary School were involuntarily transferred in retaliation for complaining about their principal. It has been a decade or more since the Kansas teacher’s union has filed a prohibitive-practices […]

  • One person killed, two injured in double shooting near E. 14th Street and Bellefontaine

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man has died and two others are injured following a shooting involving police Thursday afternoon, police say. The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. near E. 14th Street and Bellefontaine Avenue. Police said someone informed an off-duty officer of an altercation in the area. When the officer arrived, he saw an armed man shooting at two others. The officer then shot at the gunman, hitting him in the leg. The suspect was taken into custody, […]

  • KCI says internet outage affecting some, but not all flights

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City International Airport said an off-airport fiber cut caused an internet outage that impacted several airlines Wednesday afternoon. Around 2:30 p.m. the Kansas City Aviation Department began hearing from some customers that they had no Internet connectivity. KCI said they then learned that there was a fiber cut that could be miles away from the airport. The airport said this is affecting some, but not all airlines and tenants. The airlines are able to check […]

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