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
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    Firefighters battle a large fire in Kansas City, Kansas

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Firefighters battled a large fire in Kansas City, Kansas Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched to Third and Oakland at around 1:50 p.m. Those around the area reported seeing lots of black smoke coming from the building, which was identified as ACH Foam Technologies. More than 50 firefighters attacked the fire that broke out in the northwest corner of the two-story warehouse. “We had a lot of fire and as you saw, we had one heck of a column of […]

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    Police on the lookout for brazen thieves pushing their way through metro

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Police say so-called “push out thefts” are popping up across the metro. Cops say the crooks fill up their shopping carts at retail stores with no intention of paying for the purchases. Police say the thieves are fast and unassuming. They`re getting away with these crimes simply by walking out the front door of their targets. “They just come in as regular shoppers,” Lee’s Summit Officer Beth Glover advised. Police say two women and one man […]

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    Baby’s hand amputated after getting shot in moving car

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 3-month-old baby that suffered a gunshot wound to the hand will live the rest of his life without it. The child and his mother were riding in the family’s SUV near 51st Street and Walrond Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday when shots rang out. Montea Theus is holding his son Lamontea a little closer these days. Aside from his gunshot wound, little Lamontea is a healthy baby boy. “We’ve just been trying to maintain […]

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    Man allegedly tells Chillicothe High School resource officer: ‘Bodies will fall’

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A man is behind bars, accused of making terrorist threats against an area police department, a sheriff`s deputies and government leaders. Investigators say last Tuesday, police started investigating Wayne Howe after he allegedly made threats towards the Chillicothe Police Department, city officials, the Livingston County Sheriff`s Office and the Livingston County courthouse. As a result of the investigation, police went to Howe`s home and arrested him on Friday. Officers say they also seized multiple firearms from Howe`s […]

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    KC man charged in fatal shooting of 1-year-old daughter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A  little girl, 2-years-old, who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after she was hit by gunfire Thursday afternoon, has died. The shooting happened around 1:45 p.m., near 26th Street and Lawn. Right now police are saying they believe the shooting occurred inside a home, but haven’t said how, nor have they said who fired the gun. Police on Friday charged 24-year-old Courtenay Shaquel Block with 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child, armed criminal action, and tampering […]

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    Main break leaves Louisburg residents without water

    LOUISBURG, Kan. — No bathing, no cooking and no enjoying a fresh glass of ice cold tap water; that`s what many folks in Louisburg had to deal with on Wednesday. The small town suddenly ran dry after a cable crew accidentally cut its major water main line in half. It took all day, but at about 6 p.m., the broken line was fixed. Crews spent almost nine hours down in a big, muddy hole making repairs. The city administrator told […]

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    Sugar Creek man seriously injured after robbery suspects tied him up and beat him

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. – Tuesday morning police arrested two people, a man and a woman, near 11th Terrace and 12th Street in Grandview in connection with an armed home invasion that happened Monday in Sugar Creek. About 25 officers with Grandview and Sugar Creek police departments surrounded the house and arrested the suspects around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. The suspects are currently being held at the Grandview police station, but they will be transferred to the Sugar Creek police department’s jail. Police charged […]

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    KC dad, grandma terrified when 4-year-old boy is left on bus, doesn’t show up to school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City father is furious after he says his 4-year-old pre-schooler with autism was left alone on his school bus for several hours. A Hickman Mills School District driver and bus monitor have been fired in the aftermath of the incident. Eli Garcia’s grandmother said she put her grandson on his school bus right outside their home, but less than an hour later, the boy’s father got a heart-racing call. Jeff Garcia told FOX 4’s […]

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    Outdoor learning center dedicated to memory of lives lost in JCC shootings

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The “Seven Days” campaign in observance of the fatal shootings at local Jewish-related sites two years ago is continuing — with a special tribute on Friday to two of those killed. The new outdoor learning center at Blue Valley Middle School was dedicated to Reat Underwood and his grandfather — Dr. William Corporon. Reat Underwood’s mother, Mindy Corporon, says her son loved school — and the courtyard was in some ways his vision. “It became an […]

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    Mom and five kids in SUV dodge hail of gunfire from multiple shooters

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A KC mom recounted a horrific encounter she`ll never forget. She tells FOX 4 that several men repeatedly shot up her vehicle while her five children were inside. The mom said she was driving her SUV on Tuesday afternoon when a man she knows and several other guys repeatedly shot at her and her children. “I was frightened. I was devastated. The bullets were just flying like toward us,” she told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. She […]

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    Law enforcement surrounds home on east side where neighbors reported seeing KCK Amber Alert suspect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For more than three hours, Kansas City police officers, undercover officers and members of the department’s SWAT team surrounded a townhouse on the city’s east side Wednesday where they believe wanted, Amber Alert suspect Robert Foreman Jr., was inside. Neighbors tell FOX 4’s Robert Townsend, the first and only reporter on the scene around 11 a.m., that they called police after seeing Foreman walking around the Blue Valley Court Townhomes complex and inside a residence at the property. […]

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    Family clings to memories of Olathe mom suddenly taken from them in fatal crash

    OLATHE, Kan. — “I wanted to have more time with her. I don’t know. It’s just so hard because she was my baby,” a crying Pam Rice said about her daughter, 44-year-old Tina Bokay. Last Friday afternoon the Olathe mom was killed in a two car crash. “It’s just a nightmare. We lost our daughter. We lost our only child,” said Bill Rice as he fought back tears during an interview from his home Tuesday with FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. “Tina was always […]