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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    Murder of caring, energetic KC mom baffles family as police look for clues to find killer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are trying to solve the murder of a Kansas City mom. Nikita Boston was shot to death when she pulled into her driveway on the city`s east side. Boston’s grief-stricken family is now praying for an arrest. Family members say she was a loving mother of two young boys, extremely caring and didn’t have any known enemies. For those reasons, her family is baffled and cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt […]

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    KCFD chief welcomes recommended changes from internal review

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One day after an internal review called for change within the Kansas City Fire Department, Chief Paul Berardi weighed in on the report. He welcomed the internal review, and hopes it will improve his fire department and keep his firefighters safe. Chief Berardi didn’t criticize the internal investigation of his department, instead calling the forthcoming changes necessary. “It`s painful to take this kind of look at look at yourself and be brutally honest. I was not […]

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    Armed robbery suspects flee, fire at Kansas City police during escape attempt

    KANSAS CITY,  Mo. — Police arrested five adults and detained a juvenile late Monday morning after a pursuit ended about five miles away from where police initially tried to stop the suspects. Kansas City, Mo., police spokesperson Sgt. Kari Thompson told FOX 4 that at about 10:50 a.m., officers tried to stop a Ford Expedition near 27th and Bruce R. Watkins. A computer check of the license plate of the Expedition revealed that the Expedition was possibly connected to the armed robbery of a business […]

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    Vehicle carrying 5 kids overturns along ramp from NB I-35 to Southwest Boulevard

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An SUV full of children overturned along the ramp from northbound I-35 to Southwest Boulevard Friday afternoon. There were five kids in the Ford Explorer when police say the driver tried to get off on the Southwest ramp. At that time, the Explorer flipped over twice, hit a guardrail and then landed on its top. Two adult women, four kids, and a two-month-old baby boy were all in the SUV at the time.  Several were transported to the hospital […]

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    Suspected shoplifters stopped in their tracks after baby falls out of getaway car

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Just hearing about it makes your skin crawl. It’s just horrible what people do to children, ” said Tawny Elam after she heard Kansas City police stopped two suspected shoplifters in their tracks after one of the women and her 4-month-old baby girl both fell out of the suspects’ apparent get-away car. “That’s just nuts. Some people shouldn’t have kids in my opinion, ” shopper Bill Thompson told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. Police say around noon on […]

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    Woman tells Raytown police she was grabbed, sexually assaulted on her way to work

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A woman told police a stranger grabbed her and sexually assaulted her while she walked to work in Raytown. Police say the attack happened Wednesday morning at about 6:30 near Blue Ridge Boulevard and 63rd Street. The woman also told police she had seen the man in the same area the past two days. Police initially called the crime an assault, but late Wednesday afternoon a spokesperson for Raytown police told FOX 4 they later learned the […]

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    18-year-old man charged in fatal shooting of Jacob Brantner outside Price Chopper

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 18-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting on April 3 of Jacob Brantner, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today. Fazon K. Swinton faces 2nd degree murder, 2nd degree robbery, armed criminal action, and leaving the scene of a shooting. According to court records, Brantner was meeting Swinton in the parking lot of a Price Chopper on East 63rd Street in Kansas City to sell him a handgun. They were discussing the sale outside […]

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    Police investigating after man is set on fire in KC home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man was hospitalized after police say that someone intentionally set him on fire on Monday afternoon inside a home in the 300 block of North White Avenue. Investigators tell FOX 4’s Robert Townsend at the scene that paramedics responded to a vacant two-story home where the man was suffering from several burns on his body. Police say officers were sent to the scene at about 4:20 p.m., where the man said his girlfriend poured gasoline […]

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    5-year-old burn patient released from hospital while charges still being considered against parents

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say a 5-year-old boy, burned after his family`s Kansas City home caught fire, is now out of the hospital. Investigators say the parents left their son and two young daughters home alone, while the couple went to a store on Thursday. Late on Friday afternoon the parents got out of jail, and haven’t been charged with any crimes yet. Police say when the couple left their children home alone, their 5-year-old suffered minor burns after […]

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    Fallen detective’s hometown hurting following loss of a ‘good guy with a servant’s heart’

    WESTON, Mo. — Friends in Detective Brad Lancaster`s hometown of Weston remember the fallen officer as an “all-around good guy with a servant`s heart.” Lancaster grew up on Fifth Street in Weston. The fallen police officer touched so many people in unique ways, who shared their memories with FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. “Yeah, he was one of my favorites,” said Vickie Humes. Humes shared her memories about one of her favorite little ones she used to babysit many years ago, […]

  • Patty Moore, 68, was shot in the shoulder Monday while driving on 71-Highway.

    Woman shot while driving to hospital to visit husband, allegedly by man accused of killing KCK cop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bullet remains lodged in a woman’s shoulder after she was shot while driving near 71-Highway and Bannister Road Monday afternoon. Patty Moore, 68, was heading to the hospital to visit her husband Lonnie. Within moments, police say suspected cop killer Curtis Ayers was speeding away  from police when he fired at Moore’s car with a shotgun. She was hit twice in the shoulder on the day after Mother’s Day. “I had just been to her house […]

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    KCK detective shot, killed near Kansas Speedway identified; suspect shot, apprehended on 71 Highway

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A Kansas City, Kan., police detective was shot multiple times near Kansas Speedway and rushed to the University of Kansas Hospital on Monday afternoon. Doctors performed surgery on the detective, but he died according to several police sources. At about 5:15 p.m., KCK police confirmed the detective died at KU Hospital earlier in the afternoon. The KCK Fraternal Order of Police identified the detective as Brad Lancaster, and KCK police confirm that his family has been notified. […]