Robert Townsend is an Emmy award-winning News Reporter, who joined the FOX 4 News team in January, 2011.
The Mizzou alum and Saint Louis native is thrilled to be just down I-70 from his huge family and friends. During his fun time, Townsend loves running, tennis, reading, meditating, hanging out with his COOL, HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, GOLDENDOODLE, “ROCKET, ” and exploring all types of restaurants as often as he can. He also enjoys mentoring students.
Townsend’s journalistic journey has taken him all over: from covering the military in Wichita Falls, Texas, to chasing down police officers and bad guys, not to mention a few car chases, in South Bend, Indiana. After spending several years in the bonechilling Hoosier state, Townsend had to thaw out, so he trekked to sunny Tampa, Fla., where he lived for more than five years.
Shortly thereafter, Robert spent a year at an Atlanta television station before achieving a life-long dream of working as a journalist in his hometown of Saint Louis. Robert comes to FOX 4 from KMOV-TV 4 in Saint Louis.
The “ordained Elder” has won many awards for his news coverage including an Emmy in 2007 while working as a Reporter in St. Louis. In January, 2012, Robert received an “Outstanding News Coverage Award” for WDAF-FOX 4 afer his news stories on two trucks stolen from the SURPLUS EXCHANGE in Kansas City, helped recover the business vehicles just minutes after the stories aired. Townsend is also proud of securing a high-number of “exclusive” news reports on FOX 4’s daily newscasts and he always strives to be the first to uncover a must-see story as he continues “WORKING FOR YOU!”
Robert is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Mid-America Chapter and he is a former, local and national Scholarship Recipient and Member of the National Association Of Black Journalists and he’s been named an “Outstanding Young Man of America.”


Recent Articles
  • Thieves heavily damage Blue Springs dad’s truck he promised his daughter

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A Blue Springs 9-year-old had her eyes on her dad’s treasured truck, but on Monday, thieves got their hands on that truck and everything inside. Daniel Lawrence loves spending time with that special little one in his life: his 9-year-old daughter, Baylee, who was born with a half a heart. She underwent several surgeries, defied the odds and that’s why her dad calls her his “miracle child.” “She’s just a big daddy’s girl. She’s got me […]

  • KC family says 20-year-old killed by 15-year-old over PlayStation video game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro mom is holding on to good memories of her son after he was allegedly killed last week over a video game. “He was a positive child. He loved sports, especially basketball, and he loved cooking. My son was a very good son,” Shantee Douglas said of her son, Larenzo Hudson. Kansas City police said last Saturday they were called to 56th Street and South Benton after gunshots rang out. Officers said they found Hudson […]

  • Neighbors baffled after KC woman fatally shot while walking along sidewalk

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police say a woman was just out for a walk Thursday morning when she was shot and killed right on the sidewalk. Residents in the quiet neighborhood are shocked. For decades, Candice Adams’ family has proudly lived in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood near East 36th and Park Avenue in Kansas City. “Here on our block it’s quiet for the most part. Most of the people have been here 40, 50 years. My grandmother lived here […]

  • Friends hoping for answers after 2 teens found shot, one fatally, in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Loved ones are shocked after two teenagers were found shot Monday at Truman Road and Hardesty Avenue in KCMO. Fifteen-year-old Jesus Reyes was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other victim has life-threatening injuries. There was a vigil Tuesday to honor Reyes. His friends called him “Boots,” and said he was well known for his creativity as a graffiti artist. “He was just starting life and starting to enjoy things,” said Melody Meek, whose son was […]

  • KC mom on a mission after daughter killed in road rage car crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One year later, a metro mom is using billboards throughout Kansas City to try to prevent road rage from taking another person’s life like it did to her daughter. On a bright, sunny afternoon Kay White and more than a dozen family members gathered near East 24th and Bales in Kansas City to remember a dark chapter: the day her daughter was killed. “It has been challenging in so many ways. It still doesn’t seem real. […]

  • Police, community leaders’ concerns grow as homicide rates rise in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After two more fatal shootings over the weekend, Kansas City police say the city’s growing homicide rate speaks for itself. Early Saturday morning police said someone repeatedly shot up the Kansas City home where 24-year-old Kindrea Brown lived with her family. Brown, who worked and attended classes at both MCC Penn Valley and KCK community colleges, was shot in her chest and killed while she slept. On Monday morning, police said 40-year-old Craig Tonkinson was also […]

  • Metro mom wishes she’d done more for 2-year-old daughter killed by father’s fiancee

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Stephanie Porting has many fond memories of her 2-year-old daughter, Presley. “She was a beautiful child,” Porting said. “She had a personality that was funny, and she was a very sweet, very soft, loving child. We were best friends.” On February 7, 2017, the proud mom lost her little Presley. Gardner police said they were called to a home near Hickory and Kansas Streets to check out a report of a child not breathing. Investigators said Presley […]

  • Metro mom angry after 4-year-old comes home from day care with 3 missing teeth

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — For weeks now, a metro mom says her four-year-old daughter has been afraid to return to  her Leavenworth day care. “Yes, I’m upset,” Donisha Franklin told FOX4’s Robert Townsend. “I’m afraid for my child because my child is asking me for help, and I have yet to see anyone help us.” Franklin said when her daughter, Heaven, came home from Kingdom Christian Academy Daycare on March 1, she immediately noticed her child had a swollen nose. The metro […]

  • Police investigate double homicide after finding 2 dead in Belmeade Road home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a double homicide Monday night after officers found two people dead inside a KC home. Kansas City police spokesman Lionel Colon said the call came around 7:30 p.m. Monday to a home in the 5000 block of Belmeade Road. When officers arrived, they found one man and one woman dead. The victims’ identities have not yet been released. Details about a suspect or what led up to the two people’s deaths is not […]

  • Jackpot fever runs high in metro as Mega Millions hits $521 million

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All across the metro Friday night jackpot fever ran high. Moms, dads, grandparents, retirees and more all had their eyes set on the whopping $521 million Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs. “Man, I would pay bills, travel, help my family,” Gale Stroth said. “I would buy a big ranch for my family,” Hugh Haynes said with a big chuckle. For the fourth time in the drawing’s history, the Mega Millions jackpot climbed to more than […]

  • KC man accused of having marijuana mailed from Colorado to the metro

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Northland gym manager is now facing charges after he allegedly had marijuana shipped from Colorado to the metro. “It was an uncomfortable feeling being there knowing that he was arrested for something like that,” a former coworker who didn’t want to be identified told FOX4. The woman said she used to work at a Northland gym with James Brondell. Prosecutors have charged Brondell with possession of a controlled substance. According to court documents, on the […]

  • Kansas City bus driver honored for keeping passengers safe amid gun battle

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two and a half months ago, a Kansas City bus driver’s routine ride near East 76th and The Paseo instantly took a frightening turn. “I was just coming down The Paseo, passing 80th, and there’s a little curve there, and everything seemed fine, and I look up and there’s a guy running out of a house shooting, and they started shooting back from the car,” recalled Bernadine Perez-Gunter, who’s been a KCATA bus driver for less […]