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
  • Operation Breakthrough and City Union Mission embrace families, homeless with ‘the spirit of Thanksgiving’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’ve all been to all kinds of drive-thrus: fast food, liquor stores and more. But how about turkeys to go? “I think it’s so great what they’re doing and how they’re sharing so much with us, “ said Mikaila Herron, a mother of six little ones. “They are just wonderful people and what they’re doing is just a blessing. I think it’s also incredible, “ said a beaming Kori McGowan, a single mom who has three […]

  • Revelers prepare for more police, street closures at Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving night

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gloria Jackson loves looking at the scenery and lights during the holidays at the Country Club Plaza. Jackson, who like so many people, is now counting down to this years’ spectacular, holiday lighting ceremony Thanksgiving night. “It’s a great time. Of course, the Plaza will be so beautiful and I just love all the shopping,” she said. However, amid all the shopping and admiring of countless Christmas lights and fun, police warn holiday-lovers to watch out […]

  • Kansas City nonprofit using generator to keep doors open after KCP&L turns off electricity

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “It’s a major distraction for us, and it comes at a time when the community really needs us,” said a disappointed Father Justin Mathews, the executive director at Reconciliation Services. For the last 30 years, the nonprofit has served as a refuge at the corner of 31st Street and Troost Avenue. Mathews said the nonprofit’s daily goal is to help the working poor, the homeless, the unemployed and many others with who need food and critical […]

  • Police conducting death investigation at Independence motel after woman’s body is found

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police are investigating after a person was found dead near a Best Western motel in Independence. At this point, police haven’t said how the person died or released the person’s identity. They are only confirming that this incident is a death investigation. Fox 4 reported on commotion at the motel Thursday night. On Friday, a source had told Fox 4’s Robert Townsend that investigators believed the person took her life. Original story: Motel guests said police showed […]

  • CNA’s quick action saves a man’s life after shooting at KCMO night club

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sherri Davis says everything was peaceful until the end when she was out with friends and family last Friday. Late that night, Davis said she went to Bob’s In Motion Nightclub near East 57th Street and Troost Avenue to celebrate her son’s 33rd birthday when bullets ripped across the air. “Everybody just started running, panicking and screaming,” she said. “People were hiding in bathrooms, behind the bar and just trying to get out the front door. […]

  • Man says he suffered savage beating by Blue Springs murder suspect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “He could’ve killed me.” That warning came from an Independence man about accused killer John Jeffries. Cris Green told police days “before” Jeffries allegedly shot and killed a Blue Springs man, Jeffries fractured his skull. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend talked to Green about the attack. Murder suspect John Jeffries is still in the Jackson County jail, and that’s where Cris Green says he hopes Jeffries stays. Green says he suffered a savage beating at Jeffries’s hands. […]

  • Neighbors frightened, disappointed after triple homicide in same KC neighborhood where man was shot and killed last week

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As of late Friday night, officers and detectives with the Kansas City Police Department remained busy. They’re trying to piece together the city’s newest homicide case. In one day, the city’s homicide total jumped from 125 to 128. This time, the victims are one man and two women. In all of last year, there were 131 homicides in Kansas City, Missouri. Police identified the victims on Sunday as Jennifer Zimmerman, 30, and Yessenia Ahumada, 25, both […]

  • Month after her brother was killed inside home he was renting, KC man’s sister says they’re still searching for answers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A relative tells Fox 4 on October 6th her brother was shot to death inside his home near 38th and Olive in Kansas City. She says her brother, Frederick Soloman, Sr., a former trucker, was asleep when someone apparently stormed inside the home where he was staying. That person shot Soloman in the face and killed him. The woman told Fox 4’s Robert Townsend for the last five months her brother had been renting a room […]

  • Woman says ‘her hair stood up’ after burglar enters home in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Jaimie Morrisroe didn’t think any thing of it at first. “I was back there in a bedroom, and all of sudden I heard the front doors open,” she said. “I didn’t think nothing of it because it happened around four Wednesday afternoon and that’s the time my friend usually comes home.” But when she didn’t hear a response, she got suspicious. “I knew it wasn’t him or family,” said the 30-year-old emergency medical technician, who was […]

  • Family and friends frustrated as police still search for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect in two metro homicides

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wednesday was tough day for Mike Cantwell’s family and friends. They attended his funeral and buried him as police search for the suspect in his murder. “He was such a good guy,” Cantwell’s brother David Cantwell said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back. You know he would do without to help you, and that’s why this is all so bizarre. He goes to help someone and he ended up getting murdered.” “I saw him […]

  • After close race for KCK mayor, David Alvey defeats current mayor, Mark Holland

    WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Kan. – David Alvey beat Mark Holland in the race for Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK on Tuesday night. Holland said he was surprised and disappointed by the results. “We had a really strong campaign, obviously my opponent had a strong campaign and we had good numbers but it is about getting out to vote,” Holland said. “The primary thing is getting your voters out to the polls and my opponent did a better job […]

  • Employees worried about safety after finding noose at Riverside manufacturing plant

    RIVERSIDE, Mo. — Some employees at a car parts manufacturing plant in Riverside say they’re worried about their safety at work after they say a noose was hanging in a rear section of the plant. An employee who works at the manufacturing plant told Fox 4’s Robert Townsend that last Thursday she showed up for work and was horrified after hearing what was allegedly found there. “Clocked in, and I was told that there was a noose there,” plant employee Sheri […]