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
  • Concerned loved ones push for answers after Leavenworth police officer shoots and kills man

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Family and friends of a man shot and killed by a Leavenworth police officer on Tuesday night held a protest Thursday afternoon. The group demonstrated outside of the Leavenworth County Detention Center. The protestors say they have many concerns and questions following the shooting of Antonio Garcia Junior. Several dozen family members, friends and citizens chanted and held a variety of signs high in the air, shouting for what they call “Justice for Antonio Garcia Junior.” The […]

  • Man in custody, woman identified, suspected of stealing car with little girl inside

    TONGANOXIE, Kan. — A little girl is safe and some terrifying moments are over on Wednesday night after the 3-year-old was taken when her family car was stolen at a Kansas City, Kan., gas station. The little girl was asleep in the car at about 6:30 p.m. when a woman got in the driver’s seat and sped away from the Valero at 7th and Riverview. It was a heart-wrenching saga for a metro man. Police say he pulled up to […]

  • Court document: Student said she felt brainwashed by Olathe South teacher

    OLATHE, Kan. — Court documents show what evidence led prosecutors to file charges against a former teacher and coach at  Olathe South High School,  accused of having sex with a 16-year old girl. On Friday, June 30th, prosecutors charged Michael Jasiczek, 43, with unlawful sexual relations.  Investigators say the student was 16 and that the alleged incidents took place between January 1st and May 3rd of this year. It was May 3rd when police were contacted by the high school […]

  • Kansas City mom moves her family out of ‘dangerous neighborhood’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In April, Elaine McNamara thought she and her four children were moving into their dream home near East 113th and Ruskin Way in southeast Kansas City. “We really liked it. It was affordable, it was close to the school my special needs child goes to and it was just so perfect and ideal for us,” said McNamara. However, the frustrated mom said about a month after settling down in their “dream house,” she and her kids […]

  • Kansas City great-grandma attacked by intruder in her apartment

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “I’ve never been so scared in my life, never!” 73-year-old Beverly Petitt recalled, who says she’s still trembling after an intruder got inside her Kansas City apartment Sunday morning while many of her neighbors at Lawndale Heights were gone to church. “I keep my door cracked a little to help circulate the A/C you know because I’m claustrophobic and I’m one of the few people around here with a car, so many of my neighbors at […]

  • Bottle rocket accident leaves metro man with serious injuries that nearly cost him a hand

    **Editor’s Note: Use discretion, some images of this man’s injury are graphic** KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man got out of the hospital on Friday after a fireworks scare nearly cost him a hand.  Elton Reynolds II told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend that paramedics rushed him to a hospital with an injury that’s now forever changed his life. “We were lighting off fireworks like any normal Fourth of July,” Reynolds recalled. But literally in a flash something instantly went wrong after […]

  • Family shell-shocked by killing of Blue Springs grandfather, charges against his grandson

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family member has provided more insight about a Blue Springs man now charged with killing his own grandfather. Tyreik Baldwin is that suspect who was charged on Wednesday with the first degree murder of his grandfather, Harry Baldwin, 76. Robin Gregory’s 29-year-old son and Tyreik Baldwin are first cousins. Gregory says her family is in shock after hearing that Tyreik is accused of killing his grandfather. “This news that we received is just another blow. […]

  • Grandson accused of killing his grandfather in Blue Springs charged with first degree murder

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Prosecutors charged a 21-year-old man with murder on Wednesday after Blue Springs police officers found his grandfather’s body in a chest freezer on June 30. Tyreik Baldwin is accused of first degree murder for allegedly killing his grandfather. A news release says that the suspect had argued with his grandfather and another family member over various issues, including spilled sugar. That family member told officers that Tyreik Baldwin had sneaked up on him and hit him […]

  • Westside residents to speeders: Drive like your kids live here

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the last couple of weeks, concerned parents and grandparents who live along Jarboe Street near West 27th in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood have had several stern messages for speeders. “The people in those cars, the truckers in those big trucks, who shouldn’t even be driving down our street, they all need to obey the 25 mile an hour posted sign and slow down!” said a frustrated Micaela Escareno, who’s lived in the area for more […]

  • Metro parents worry about the impact of gun violence on their kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a span of just a few hours, seven people were killed during a rash of gun violence on both sides of the state line this past weekend. “When we drove near there we had to have seen at least 50 cop cars. You can hear gunshots all the time. All during the day, during the night, ” said Sara Burnham, who lives near 80th and Wayne in Kansas City where police say a 46-year-old man […]

  • Former Olathe South teacher, coach arrested and accused of having sex with student

    OLATHE, Kan. — A former teacher and coach faces felony charges, accused of having sex with a 16-year old girl. FOX 4 has been tracking this investigation for nearly two months, and on Friday afternoon, prosecutors charged Michael Jasiczek with unlawful sexual relations. Jascizek was a beloved teacher and weights coach for more than a decade at Olathe South High School. The students called him “Coach Jazz,” but prosecutors believe he crossed the line with a 16-year-old student. In early […]

  • Kansas City police officers honored for bravery in the line of duty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thursday was a big night for dozens of Kansas City police officers. Family and friends call the police officers honored courageous, every day heroes. “Every day is different. Every day is a new experience,” said Officer Belkis Cisneros. Officer Cisneros says one of worst nights so far of her four years with the Kansas City Police Department was on August 13, 2016. “The worst call that I go on is the ones that involve kids,” she […]