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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
  • ‘I just had to keep running’: 15-year-old Sun Fresh employee recovering after being shot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — A 15-year-old girl is recovering at home Tuesday night after being shot Monday at the Sun Fresh Market at 31st and Prospect. A man was also shot. Police say it was not a random shooting, and the girl, who worked at the store, was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire. FOX4 is not publishing her name because the man who shot her has not been caught. The teenage victim said she had just clocked into […]

  • Lenexa residents on edge after 8-hour manhunt ends in felon’s arrest

    LENEXA, Kan. — A dangerous felon was on the run for about 8 hours Monday, which caused stress on what was supposed to be a relaxing holiday for the people who live near K-7 and Prairie Star Parkway. A Lenexa police officer spotted a car with its lights off about 5 a.m. Monday and tried to pull it over. But instead, the driver took off. Police laid down stop sticks, and the car crashed when the driver tried to go […]

  • KCP&L offers assistance for customers having trouble paying budget billing increase

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Executives at Kansas City Power & Light say they have heard people’s concerns about larger than normal bills and are listening. Friday, the utility company announced a new plan to help people pay their large bills and avoid disconnection. Katie McDonald said she and her crew at KCP&L got together and figured out a way to end the panic of disconnection and extra high utility bills in two ways. “We are not going to do any […]

  • Man dies after being shot and run over by car while visiting family in KCK

    KANSAS CITY,  Kan. — Police are searching for a killer. Tuesday night at 11th and Freeman Avenue, sources say an argument turned deadly and a man named Antwaen Reliford was killed defending his family. “He died in my arms,” said Reliford’s sister, who asked not to be named because her brother’s killer has not been caught. “He told me he loved me and the kids. And he was like ‘I am alright.’ And I told him I loved him and […]

  • KC Police Board commissioner addresses security company accused of illegal operations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX4 Problem Solvers first reported training and licensing concerns with Force One Security in Overland Park last Tuesday. Since then, this story has been like a snowball rolling downhill. As we uncover more, the snowball gets bigger and bigger. Friday, we told you about Kevin McNiese, a former Force One security officer. He said he was instructed by owner Lemont Semien to carry a gun on duty, even though he was not licensed through the KCMO […]

  • Another gun store robbery has local law enforcement looking into possible crime ring

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Another gun store break-in in has law enforcement wondering if the recent rash of gun store robberies are related. Just after midnight Monday, two robbers busted in the door at the Tactical Advantage gun store in Overland Park with a sledge-hammer and ran in to clean out the place. What they found when they got inside was very disappointing. “All of our handguns are usually in this case,” store manager Grag Langner pointed out. “They skipped […]

  • Former metro security company employee says owner is breaking city and state law

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three former Force One Security employees are sitting in jail after allegedly killing a man while on duty at Yum Yum Bar & Grill in Kansas City. FOX4 first told you about training concerns from Force One Security employees on Wednesday. Since that story aired, FOX4 has heard from many other current and former employees about complacency and lack of training they say contributed to the shooting death outside of Yum Yum Bar & Grill. Kevin […]

  • Murder at Cameron prison raises more concerns about staffing shortage, safety

    CAMERON, Mo. — A 2014 murder at Crossroads Correctional Facility in Cameron has raised even more concerns about the struggling prison. FOX4 first reported on staffing shortages at the Missouri prison in May after a riot. Now, evidence from a murder sentencing on Thursday reveals concerns have been around for years. In court Thursday, inmate Jeff Lane admitted to murdering fellow inmate Larry Miller in the pod where they both lived in 2014. There were no guards in the pod […]

  • Former employee speaks out about security company involved in deadly KC bar shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A former employee of Force One Security is voicing concerns the company is putting people in danger. “I would say protect yourself,” said Ashley Tedford, who worked for Force One Security for almost a year and left last summer. “Any company you go to work for, stand up for yourself and make sure you are getting the proper training because you can end up just like the two officers who are facing prison charges today.” The […]

  • Former Kansas State basketball player pleads guilty in I-435 road rage shooting

    OLATHE, Kan. — A former Kansas State basketball player pleaded guilty Tuesday for his part in a road rage shooting on Interstate 435 last January. Amaad Wainright was charged with two felonies — obstruction/aiding a felon and felony fleeing. He pleaded guilty to the first charge, and the second charge was dismissed as part of his plea deal.   In court Tuesday, Wainright admitted that he was driving his 2004 Pontiac Bonneville on I-435 with high school friend Trevon Barr on Jan. […]

  • 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 […]