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
  • Vandals cause serious flood damage at Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The new Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center was hit by vandals Friday, causing serious damage. Police say around 11 a.m. Friday an alarm went off. They said someone broke into the historic, multi-purpose center and cut a water pipe on the second floor. It caused extensive flooding to the first floor and basement. See footage of the damage in the video above. Police believe the vandal, or vandals, broke in through a back door at […]

  • Accused rapist says he was badly burned in Jackson County jail, then mistakenly released

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burned behind bars, an inmate has revealed more alleged problems at the Jackson County jail. In a FOX4 exclusive interview, Shawn Schneider, a 43-year-old man accused of rape, said in late March another inmate poured hot, scalding water down the back of his neck while he was sitting in a recreation area at the county jail. Schneider said the incident left him with second-degree burns and was in the hospital for several weeks. “It’s traumatized me […]

  • Kansas City dad says he’s victim of mistaken identity, causing strangers to harass his family

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For nearly a week, a KC father says he has been harassed and threatened by strangers in his new neighborhood. Last Thursday, William Jackson moved into a small house near 61st and Jackson in Kansas City, excited about starting a new beginning with his 5-year-old daughter. ”I like to pride myself on being a good father. I mean, you know, I’ve dedicated my life to my daughter,” Jackson said during an interview Tuesday. Hours after he and […]

  • Prayer vigil held for Kansas City teen killed one month after 18th birthday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a heart-wrenching afternoon for Eric and Paula Carter as they mourned their 18-year-old son, killed earlier this month in Kansas City. ”It’s completely torn us apart,” Eric Carter said Monday. ”I can’t even describe to you the pain,” Paula Carter said. The Carters, their relatives and several concerned citizens joined KC Mothers In Charge near an empty lot at 33rd and Brooklyn in Kansas City.  It’s where police say in broad daylight on June 10 […]

  • Salvation Army’s ‘Honk and Holler’ team helps KC’s homeless survive sweltering heat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It all started with a simple honk of the horn. ”It’s so easy to get dehydrated out here. We definitely want to bring extra water and Gatorade,” Honk and Holler coordinator Steve Leiker said. Moments later, Leiker and four volunteers with the Salvation Army’s “Honk and Holler Team” trekked under bridges, to parks and tents in downtown Kansas City. Those are spots Leiker said homeless men, women and veterans typically hang out or even live in. ”A […]

  • KC named ‘hot spot’ for disease outbreak risk due to parents opting out of vaccinating kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new study names the Kansas City metro as a “hot spot,” vulnerable to outbreaks of preventable diseases. The reason? Children whose parents opted out of vaccination. For Kyan Hammerbacher of Kansas City, keeping her kindergartner safe before she heads off to school in a few months means first making sure her daughter gets her vaccinations. ”I don’t want to preach to other people. I think they should be concerned with their own children. I just like […]

  • Independence man convinced ‘con man’ duped him out of money in driveway repair scam

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A fired-up Chuck Staton says he’s convinced the man he paid to black top his driveway instead ripped him off and left behind a sloppy mess. ”I am a little mad about it because no sense taking advantage of somebody like that. It’s just crazy, and it’s wrong,” Staton said. The 73-year-old is peeved because he said James Wilson drove by his home on May 24 and first offered to re-do his driveway. ”Well, the guy stopped here and […]

  • Neighbor who knew victims of quadruple murder-suicide in Northland reeling in shock

    JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — With tears in her eyes, Carol Nixon cannot believe Doug Pauling, her neighbor of more than 20 years, is the man investigators say shot and killed several of his family members Sunday night. ”I am absolutely shocked. I mean I cannot believe it. I can’t believe he would do something like that,” Nixon said during an exclusive interview Monday. Investigators say around 9 p.m. Sunday Pauling shot and killed his daughter’s mother, 49-year-old Maggie Girard; the […]

  • Police release videos in search for witness in deadly Raytown restaurant shooting

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Police want to find out who shot and killed a KCK man outside an Applebee’s restaurant in Raytown. Police say around 6 p.m. Friday they received a call about gunshots fired outside an Applebee’s near 350 Highway and Maple. Police say 30-year-old Sammy Holmes was shot, left the Applebee’s in a brand new black Hyundai, drove about half a mile away and crashed the car in the parking lot of a Sonic. Once officers got to that […]

  • Stanley the English bulldog visits metro on special mission to stand up for acceptance

    LAKE TAPAWINGO, Mo. — An adorable dog made history Thursday night in Lake Tapawingo as he spreads a powerful message across the country. Thursday night’s City Council meeting at Lake Tapawingo City Hall started out pretty routine.  A small crowd of citizens, the mayor and council members stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Moments later, amid much anticipation, all eyes quickly turned to a special canine turned celebrity. His name is Stanley. ”I just love him so much. He’s the […]

  • Good Samaritans help Independence veteran who says contractor left porch repairs unfinished

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A Korean War veteran who says a Kansas City contractor tore up his front deck two weeks ago and left it unfinished is now getting help from some good Samaritans. On Wednesday, the good Samaritans, who want to remain anonymous, installed a temporary ramp and some railings so Sydney Wilson can easily get across his porch. ”You know, that’s unbelievable. There’s still really good people in the world. I’m so thankful that FOX4, you guys came out and […]

  • Family of woman charged in deadly metro crash offers condolences to victims’ families

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a police chase ended in a deadly crash last week, the suspect’s family is speaking out to apologize to the victims and their families. Wiping tears from her eyes, Sondra Chipley cannot believer her 24-year-old niece, Victoria Brown, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and resisting a lawful stop. ”She’s like my daughter. I miss her. I really do,” Chipley said. “The Victoria I know is loving and kind. This is not the […]