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
  • Motorcyclist dies after fiery crash near 14th and Pennsylvania in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man has died Tuesday night in a fiery motorcycle crash near 14th Street and Pennsylvania, police say. Police said witnesses reported seeing the motorcyclist travel at a high rate of speed westbound on 14th Street. When the driver failed to make a turn, he then hit a curb, the east side of a bridge and a chain link fence before crossing the road and hitting the bridge and fence on the west side. Police said the […]

  • Day after threats, Raytown superintendent and committee discuss safety, might consider metal detectors

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — One day after a 14-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly threatening Raytown schools on social media, the district and community are talking change.   Raytown Superintendent Allan Markley and an advisory committee made of students and residents were set to meet privately at 6 p.m. Tuesday night, a district spokesperson said. The topic of school safety was previously scheduled but is especially significant following Monday’s threats against Raytown schools on social media.   The district spokesperson said […]

  • Recent threats to metro schools push parents to have tough talks with kids about consequences

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — After a slew of threats against local schools, parents across the metro are trying to keep their kids safe. On Monday night, dozens of parents in the Lee’s Summit School District gathered to discuss a few issues they say are affecting their kids: school threats, safety and a lot more. “I want to know what are they doing to keep it from happening again?” Brandi Kavanaugh said. Kavanaugh’s daughter is a freshman at Lee’s Summit North […]

  • Caretakers upset after finding Kansas City cemetery likely damaged by reckless driver

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Up a hill near Northeast Harvey and Doniphan Avenue in the Northland is a small cemetery, no bigger than a baseball field. It’s called Minneville Cemetery, and it’s especially dear to Joyce Schumacher and her cousin, Roberta Deckman. “I love this place. I mean I was born right here in what used to be Minneville Village,” Schumacher said. “And I just love putting the pink and yellow roses on everybody’s tombstones, including people I don’t even […]

  • Many local Mo. residents say Eric Greitens’ indictment is shocking

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The Missouri governor’s indictment is igniting a variety of reactions all around the metro — indeed statewide. FOX4’s Robert Townsend hit the KC streets Thursday night after the indictment was announced to get reaction from Missourians. Many of the moms, dads and singles said they were shocked to hear about Eric Greitens’ indictment. Most of the people say they think the governor should now resign. Others say Missouri’s top leader should stay put and let the […]

  • Lee’s Summit woman trying to forget ‘Delta nightmare’ after flight delayed for hours due to ice

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Wednesday night everything seemed back to normal at Kansas City International Airport for Delta travelers. But 24 hours before, it was a much different story. “We all got on the plane thinking everything was fine,” Robyn Munce said. For Munce and many others who left Atlanta on Tuesday night on Delta flight 1364, it was a routine ride. The flight touched down in KC around 6 p.m. “All the messages had went out that we […]

  • Delta flights delayed by icy conditions keep passengers grounded at KCI for hours

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Flight delays caused a major headache Tuesday for a lot of travelers at Kansas City International airport. Several Delta flights were delayed for hours, leaving hundreds unable to take off from Kansas City and hundreds more unable to deplane in Kansas City because of icy runways and gates. Debbie Meyer was just one of the many frustrated passengers. In fact, the KC resident wishes her Delta flight back home would have stayed in Atlanta. “They should […]

  • Man killed Monday afternoon at KC gas station; police search for person of interest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are searching for a person of interest after a man was fatally shot Monday at a Kansas City gas station. KCPD Sgt. Kari Thompson said just after 3 p.m., officers were called to the area of 27th Street and Indiana Avenue on a shooting. When they arrived, they found a man down in the parking lot of a Conoco gas station. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead, […]

  • Woman in critical condition after being shot inside duplex near 59th and Bellefontaine

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman is in critical condition Friday after being shot inside a duplex near East 59th Street and Bellefontaine, police say. Kansas City police said officers got the 911 call around 4 p.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found the injured woman lying on the floor inside the duplex. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police have not released any information about a suspect yet.

  • Grandmother says Raytown boy was shot by 3-year-old cousin when adults weren’t paying attention

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Instead of playing at home with his baby brother, 3-year-old Dwan Taylor, has been in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Venice Harrell, the boy’s maternal grandmother, said “it’s a miracle” that her grandson survived getting shot on Tuesday. “I am more than thankful. Our God is good,” Harrell told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend during an exclusive phone interview Thursday night. Harrell, who lives in Minneapolis, still can’t believe what happened to her grandchild. “My other daughter […]

  • Investigation underway after 3-year-old boy shot inside Raytown home, officials say

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Police are investigating after a 3-year-old boy was shot Tuesday afternoon in Raytown, officials say. Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Raytown police said they were notified the child was at a local hospital and had non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound. Police said the incident happened inside a townhouse in the 6300 block of Ash Avenue and an investigation is now underway. Late Tuesday night a woman who says she lives above the family told FOX 4’s […]

  • Superintendent from St. Louis area named new superintendent of Shawnee Mission School District

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Shawnee Mission School District has a new leader. Michael Fulton, the current superintendent of Pattonville School District, was appointed as the district’s new superintendent Monday night at a special school board meeting. The school board’s vote was unanimous. The new superintendent will replace former superintendent Jim Hinson, who abruptly left the district and is now working at a law firm the district used for legal matters. Fulton worked at the Pattonville School District for 23 years, including the past […]