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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
  • Metro school bus driver describes frightening moments, frantic rescue as flames & smoke consumed bus

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro school bus driver whose quick actions saved dozens of students last week talked to FOX 4 on Monday afternoon. Many have called D’Anthony Gildon a hero for what he did only moments before the bus was engulfed in flames. The school bus fire happened Thursday afternoon in the area of Cypress and Grandview. Stunning, heart-pounding cell phone video was shared last Thursday and sent lots of parents running to the scene in the South Kansas […]

  • KCK residents upset that once peaceful neighborhood has become scene for violence in recent months

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two males were found dead, and another was hurt at a KCK park in a shooting, people living nearby now have questions about their safety. On Friday KCK investigators identified them as Fabian Arriaga, 26, and Jose Morales, 22. The third person who was hurt hasn’t been identified. The triple shooting kept police busy at Kensington Park near 29th and State Street in KCK for hours on Wednesday night. Investigators still aren’t saying much about what […]

  • Man captures moments after deadly KC crash on video; teen victim’s sisters say driver arrested at scene didn’t help

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Disturbing cell phone video shows the moments after a deadly, multi-car crash on Sunday. Tuesday night, angry family and friends of the teenager killed responded to the video. “He didn’t approach any vehicles, not my dad’s, not the 3-year-old baby to see if they were okay,” Evelyn Raudales, a family member of two of the crash victims said. Relatives of 16-year-old Samantha Raudales say the video posted on Facebook shows that the man accused of causing […]

  • Heartbroken metro family remembers 16-year-old girl killed in crash near Arrowhead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro family is gripped by grief after a girl was killed in a multi-car crash just one day after her 16th birthday. Police say 16-year-old Emely Raudales was killed in a four-car crash near Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Family says she went by her middle name, Samantha. On Monday night, police said that a 3-year-old who was critically injured has also passed away, police have requested we not release her name until Tuesday morning. Samantha’s father […]

  • Heartbroken family in disbelief that it took eight months to find missing Lenexa man at KCI parking lot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family is in pain and new details were revealed about the mysterious death of Randy Potter on Friday. Kansas City police say Potter’s decomposed body was found in his vehicle at a KCI parking lot eight months after the Lenexa dad disappeared. Potter’s family insists investigators dropped the ball, and say someone should have found him long before eight months passed. “Emotionally it’s been a very, very tough journey. The not knowing, the sleepless nights,” […]

  • Battle brewing between Westside neighbors, Boulevard over proposed beer garden

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More neighbors are speaking out against the proposal to turn a lot near Sacred Heart Church into a beer garden. Boulevard Brewing wants to turn a green space into an outdoor beer garden—-but many of the people who live there say there’s no way will they toast to that. “Whatever you call it, whether you call it a beer garden or a lounge or anything, it’s still a bar,” Albert Ruiz said. “It’s just wrong,” said […]

  • KCK great-grandma furious after losing life savings in telephone scam

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — “He kept calling me princess and just made me sick to my stomach. He was the most convincing guy you’d ever heard in your life,” said a steamed, 89-year-old Marcie Blume about a man she says called her back in March and has now ruined her life. “It makes me very mad and it makes me depressed, makes me stress out and I feel stupid, ” Blume told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend during an interview from […]

  • New clue leaves KC shooting victim’s family wondering if he was mistakenly targeted

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City father was gunned down in the middle of the street and now his family is wondering if their loved one could have been the victim of mistaken identity. Marcell Smith was shot to death in broad daylight last Friday. “Nothing was wrong with my little brother. He didn’t no nothing to nobody. He helped everybody,” Smith’s sister Jamie Weaver said. Weaver says her 36-year-old brother was pursuing his commercial driver’s license because he […]

  • Chilling traffic camera, surveillance video shows last moments of man’s life before murder in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — More than a month after a popular Kansas City business owner was shot and killed, the victim’s mother and sister, for the first time, are getting a glimpse of a chilling surveillance photo and video of their loved one’s final moments. “It’s really hard to see. I mean chills just going down me. Just watching that. It’s a nightmare,” said the victim’s mother. Last month, Derrick Horton was shot and killed at a Family Dollar parking […]

  • Metro siblings pray for a murder charge in sister’s violent death

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Shannon Keithley was only 39 years old, and during the early morning of August 18th her family says a man whom she had never seen before broke through the back door of Shannon’s home off Lathrop Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. “Shannon was so charismatic, so loving and colorful. She loved people and she loved animals,” said Angelia Savorelli lovingly about her sister. “She was just so much fun and alive. She was my rock and […]

  • Chiefs fans sound off after seeing Marcus Peters sit during National Anthem

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From television sets, to radio to social media, scores of Kansas City Chiefs fans didn’t hold back their feelings after seeing or hearing Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters decided not to stand for the National Anthem during Thursday night’s season opener in Massachusetts. “I think it was disrespectful to our country. He should have stood up,” said Sandra Lowman. “Everybody has a right to their opinion. I’m a military guy, having served in the Marines, but I […]

  • KC gas station employees ‘working in fear’ after teens target business five times

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Man, it just happened in a couple of moments. It was like a short span of thirty seconds,” said a 24-year-old cashier about the brazen crimes he says a group of teenagers committed at a Kansas City gas station. The clerk says around 10 p.m. Monday, the four boys and two girls first walked through the BP gas station’s front door near 63rd and Prospect and then quickly stole lots of merchandise. The cashier, who asked […]