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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, hanging out with his COOL, 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, Townsend 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. 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 busness' vehicles just minutes after the stories aired.

Recent Articles
  • Kindergartner finds .45 caliber pistol magazine on Leawood school playground

    LEAWOOD, Kan. – Parents are concerned after a loaded .45 caliber pistol magazine was found on the playground at an area elementary school. On Tuesday, the magazine, which contained eight rounds, was found on the playground by a kindergarten student during recess at Leawood Elementary School, which is located at 2400 West 123rd Street in Leawood, Kansas. The student took the ammunition immediately to a teacher. According to a letter sent to families by the school’s principal, upon locating the […]

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    Young woman thrown from bed of pickup after Chiefs’ game remains in critical condition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police said a young woman, thrown from the bed of a pickup truck, remains in critical condition. The jailed driver could face charges FOX 4’s Robert Townsend spoke with the driver’s grandparents. The couple says on Sunday their grandson and two female friends had just left the Chiefs’ game in their grandson’s white Ford Ranger. Witnesses told police when the northbound pickup came down the exit ramp near I-435 and 23rd Street it hit […]

  • FOX 4 spoke to the rape victim, but maintained her anonymity.

    Police release description of man who raped KC teen near bus stop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have released the description of the man who raped a Kansas City teenager on Friday, Dec. 5, right after she got off her school bus. The attack happened in broad daylight in an empty lot near Cleveland and 42nd Street. “He just kept saying the same thing over and over. ‘If you scream, I’ll kill you,'” the victim remembered. When you play the video above, you’ll see that FOX 4 hid the identity of the […]

  • Originally given probation for child rape, Johnson Co. man now going to prison

    OLATHE, Kan. — A judge on Friday amended the sentence of a man who originally received three years probation for the rape of an 11-year-old girl. Last month, Johnson County Judge James Franklin Davis sentenced Steven Bradford, 22, to three years of probation and a suspended jail sentence for the crime. Prosecutors quickly filed a motion to have the sentence “corrected.” “It’s been tough on her. For the most part, I’ve tried to keep her out of the courtroom,” said the […]

  • FOX 4 spoke to the rape victim, but maintained her anonymity.

    KC teen grabbed from bus stop & raped thought she would never see her parents again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are looking for a rapist who attacked a Kansas City teenager on Friday, Dec. 5, right after she got off her school bus. The attack happened in broad daylight in an empty lot near Cleveland and 42nd Street. “He just kept saying the same thing over and over. ‘If you scream, I’ll kill you,'” the victim remembered. When you play the video above, you’ll see that FOX 4 hid the identity of the victim as […]

  • Man suspected of promoting child porn being investigated in multiple cases

    BUCHANAN COUNTY, Mo. — An Atchison, Kansas man is now at the center of two separate child pornography investigations. Prosecutors say the 32-year-old suspect was at a Buchanan County business when he allegedly transmitted child porn from a computer. Austin Kau has been charged with promoting child pornography. According to court documents, around 11 p.m. last Wednesday, Kau was at the Blue Scope Steel Manufacturing plant in St. Joseph when he allegedly transmitted a graphic image depicting child porn involving […]

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    Belton man fears for his safety following targeted acts of vandalism

    BELTON, Mo. – A homeowner is worried about his safety after frightening acts of vandalism occurred in his Belton neighborhood. Early Sunday morning Charles Koons, 22, says he woke up, came outside and saw some disturbing graffiti sprayed on his house here in Belton.  The offensive remarks include “Leave or I’ll kill you,” “Keyomi dog abuser,” and others which are too offensive to mention. Keyomi is Koons’ husky Australian-mix. “She’s friendly,” said Koons. “I would never hurt my dog, Keyomi. […]

  • Ahmed Aden's mug shot from the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department.

    Man accused of intentionally running over teen outside KC mosque charged with murder

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors filed charges, including first-degree murder, against 34-year-old KC man Ahmed Aden in an attack that killed 15-year-old Abdisamad “Adam” Sheikh Hussein outside the Somali Center of Kansas City Thursday night. Prosecutors allege that Aden intentionally ran the teenager over with his SUV, severing his legs and ultimately killing him. Aden has also been charged with armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon. Prosecutors have requested his bond be set […]

  • Keith Angell (r) was identified as the man shot by authorities during arrest in Overland Park on Wednesday afternoon. His father Gerald Angell says he's tried to help his son, but says he's 'wayward.'

    Dad of man shot by U.S. Marshals in Overland Park, says son is ‘listening to the world’

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The suspect in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting in Overland Park remained in critical condition on Thursday after he was shot by authorities attempting to arrest him. A U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Team was attempting to arrest Keith D. Angell at 105th and Metcalf when he was shot in the face. Witnesses say they heard tires screeching about a block away from the scene and then heard frightening gunfire. “We thought it was somebody pounding on the cement […]

  • Thieves toss chunk of concrete through survival supply store window to steal goods

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are looking for some bold thieves who stole bulletproof vests, stun guns and other items from a Riverside, Mo., supply store on Thanksgiving. The owners of Riverside Survival Supply Store opened for business only five months ago, according to Jennifer Gonzales, the general manager. Gonzales says the thieves threw a huge chunk of concrete through the front glass windows and then stole several bulletproof vests on display, stun guns, a large number of folding knives, […]

  • KC man survives being shot at in home, but gets robbed of hundreds of dollars

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A south Kansas City man was shot at twice and robbed inside his own home in broad daylight. The victim told police he believes an armed robber and two female accomplices set him up. The victim asked FOX 4 to not show his face or reveal his true identity because the robbers haven’t been arrested. This man, who we’ll call “Joe”, said around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon an armed robber pounded at his front door, and then […]

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    Man charged with vehicular homicide in Thanksgiving morning crash in Olathe

    OLATHE, Kan. — A man accused of being drunk and causing a deadly accident in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning appeared in Johnson County Court on Monday. According to Olathe Police, the crash between two cars happened at about 3 a.m. on 56 Highway at 159th Street on November 27. Initial reports indicate that one vehicle was traveling north on 56 Highway when it was struck by the other vehicle traveling west on 159th Street. The driver traveling north […]