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
  • Friends pay tribute to murdered KC tattoo artist who loved cars with memorial ride

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds revved up their classic Chryslers, custom-made Camaros, pretty exotic Porsches and a lot more to honor a KC tattoo artist killed in the Northland one week ago. ”He loved designing his tattoos, and he loved driving all kinds of fun, exotic cars,” Bryan Huff said about Russell Fisk, his friend and a former member of the Kansas City Exotics and Super Cars group. On Friday night, Huff and about 300 other car lovers packed the […]

  • Soaring gas prices fuel concerns, frustrations for metro drivers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All around the metro, drivers aren’t mincing their words: They’re downright sick and tired of relentless, rising gas prices. Memorial Day is more than a week away and weary drivers are already wondering just how high gas prices will go this summer. They’re already putting some drivers in a pinch. “Pinch? Jesus Christ, they got a stranglehold on you,” Warren Smith said. At Sarpinos in Westport, popping out pizzas and calzones is their specialty at the […]

  • Lenexa 10-year-old upset after teacher allegedly makes offensive remark toward him

    LENEXA, Kan. — What a teacher allegedly said to 10-year-old Malachi Pearson last week at Rosehill Elementary School in Lenexa brought the boy to tears and left his mom seeing red. “Me and my friend were playing, and then she like pushed us away. We weren’t fighting. We were just playing and laughing,” Malachi said Tuesday during an interview with FOX4’s Robert Townsend. Moments later, it’s what the teacher allegedly said that upset Malachi and his mother. ”She told me […]

  • 6-year-old Kansas City boy hit by car still fighting for his life one week later

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been an extremely difficult week for a metro family after a 6-year-old boy was hit by a car while walking to the park last Monday. “I love my nephew and to be in this world without him, it will never be the same,” Charles Paige said with tears in his eyes. ”We were all just ready to have some fun. We’ve been to that park so many times,” Paige said. Last Monday the hurting uncle […]

  • Good Samaritans help local Boy Scout troop after thief steals camping equipment

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — This is a FOX4 follow-up we’re happy to share with you! On Monday, FOX4’s Robert Townsend reported that thieves recently broke into a trailer at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit and stole about $400 worth of camping equipment from Boy Scouts Of America Troop 262. The terrible theft, which included brand new stoves and folding tables the scouts depend on, devastated the boys who were concerned about their upcoming camping trip. Thankfully, a few […]

  • $15,000 reward now being offered for info in murder of 9-year-old KC boy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro mother and a former KC councilman hope $15,000 will be enough to persuade someone to come forward with information about the tragic death of a 9-year-old boy. Step inside Christine Anderson’s home in South Kansas City and you’ll see lots of pictures of her beloved 9-year-old son, Dominic “D.J.” Young Jr. Click or tap here to find out how you can submit a tip that is truly anonymous “Dominic was a loving child. He […]

  • ‘The Flower Guy’ remembers metro moms with special gift for Mother’s Day

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Outside his home in Shawnee, Bill McMurtrey is on a Mother’s Day mission for the 25th consecutive year. “Hands down it’s all about the moms. Really not just the moms, but all the ladies that work to make everybody’s life better throughout the year,”  McMurtrey said during an interview with FOX4’s Robert Townsend on Tuesday. For several hours the man known as “The Flower Guy” was busy keeping an eagle eye on his army of about two […]

  • Thieves steal hundreds of dollars worth of camping equipment from local Boy Scout troop

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Scout Leader Jackson Lee and several of his friends are proud members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 262 in Lee’s Summit, but on Monday the boys were down in the dumps. “It really made me sad, you know, because we didn’t even have time to use the items. We just go them,” Lee said. “When you’re taking from the Boy Scouts, you’re taking from the innocent and kind-hearted,” Assistant Scout Leader Mason Salmod said. Last week, […]

  • Battle over breed leaves Independence woman’s dog stuck in city shelter

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — For almost three weeks now, Jamie Bray says her one-and-half-year-old beloved “Bella” has been locked up in a doggie jail of sorts over a debate about her breed. ”It’s really hard knowing that hey took her from a good home where she was happy and had her space and all of her things she needs. They put her in a little, bitty box. I just want my dog home,” Bray said during an interview Friday. Bray said on […]

  • FOX4 rides along with Operation Triple Beam as they put major dent in violent KCK crime

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In the last four years, police say there’s been a significant spike in homicides, drive-by shootings and other violent crimes in Kansas City, Kansas. Armed with guns and strapped with bulletproof vests, local officers recently teamed up with federal agents and hit the streets for two months in an effort to catch the bad guys and keep the streets safer. FOX4 reporter Robert Townsend and Photographer Jerry Paauwe rode along with “operation triple beam” for more […]

  • Cool-headed classmates rush to help KC 6th grader

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Twelve-year-old Londyn Hooker has a big smile on her face because she’s feeling a lot better. “I feel blessed and I’m honored to be here. My head isn’t hurting anymore. I had been sleeping and resting and doctors say I’m fortunate to have survived that,” Hooker said. Londyn is a sixth grader at Johnson Elementary School in the Hickman Mills School District. She said last week she was in music class when she had her first […]

  • Blue Springs man wants ‘pirate stockade’ removed from Longview Lake Marina

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For 30 years, Glenn Smith says he’s enjoyed going to Longview Lake Marina with his friends and family. But on Sunday, Smith says there was’t anything fun about his visit to the popular Kansas City spot. “I was very upset. We stood there on the deck to feed the fish. We came in to buy more food, and that’s when we saw that thing. I couldn’t believe it,” Smith said Monday. The tall, wooden “thing” that angered […]