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
  • Kansas City mom shot in the head says ‘it’s a miracle’ she survived

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than a week after getting shot in her head, the woman, still doesn’t want us to reveal her name. Her family says they’re still receiving threats after the shooting and they’re all concerned about their safety. “Man I’m in so much pain right now. I’m losing sleep. My kids don’t really want to look at me because I look like this. Last night my nephew didn’t even want to come and give me a hug […]

  • Mom says daughter shot in KCK adored her kids, killing stuns neighbors

    KANSAS CITY,  Kan. — A 24-year-old mom was found murdered inside her Kansas City, Kansas home over the weekend. Police say the mom’s murder is the 10th homicide so far this year in KCK. Tabitha Newbill turned 24 just three weeks ago, and was mom to two little boys. Her killing has stunned neighbors. “When we looked out and we saw all the police and the detectives that’s when we figured that someone must have died,” a neighbor told FOX […]

  • Independence police release video of shooting outside QuikTrip, seek two suspects

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence police are looking for two suspects and a witness involved in a Thursday night shooting outside a QuikTrip at 291 Highway and Gudgell that happened at about 10:30. Police specifically want to speak with the driver of the white Ford F-150 seen in the video, and are seeking the two men seen on surveillance at the end of the video. One person was shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The victim who was shot wasn’t in the truck, […]

  • Carjacked Kansas City grandma says ‘cold-eyed’ man pulled AK-47 on her and a friend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City grandmother lived to tell about terrifying moments when she says a man carjacked her and her friend, and threatened to kill them both with an AK-47. “Oh my God it happened so fast. He came out of nowhere and was just standing at my door, screaming with that big rifle in his hand,” the grandmother recalled about the day she thought she and her friend were going to lose their lives. “We were just going […]

  • Kansas City mom shot in the head while she and two daughters were in SUV

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say on Monday night a woman’s SUV was repeatedly shot at as she and her two children traveled near east 46th Terrace and Myrtle. “I feel like I can’t breathe. I can’t think. I haven’t eaten anything. I’m just so mad,” said Olivia Hopkins, who’s been worried about her 21-year-old daughter. “She left my house and she wasn’t gone three minutes, before whoever did this they surrounded her car, ambushed and that man just kept […]

  • Mom mourns daughter killed in Kansas City car crash, prays for answers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman’s 23-year-old daughter died on Monday after police say her car collided with another vehicle. The crash happened along the Chouteau Trafficway Bridge. Family members talked to FOX 4’s Robert Townsend on Tuesday about their concerns. “I had a birth certificate and now I have a death certificate, and I shouldn’t have both of them right now,” said a weeping Kay White, who’s now mourning her youngest child, her daughter, Krealonna Willis. “I knew when Krealonna […]

  • Family prays for Kansas City dad on life support following accident

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Family members say 37-year-old Tyrone Day is a doting dad who especially adores his two treasures: his 12 and 14-year-old sons. Day’s family is hoping he survives after he was badly injured in an accident last week. “He’s a good father, a good citizen and he’s very independent,” said Falenthia Day about her son Tryone. “He’s a good father and it’s always about those boys. It didn’t matter what type of job Tyrone had, he always […]

  • Witnesses say ‘speeding’ driver hurt after crashing in Kansas City front yard

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several witnesses and neighbors say just after 1 on Friday afternoon they ran near 23rd and Hardesty in Kansas City and saw an overturned white, Chevy Malibu sitting on its roof. “Man it sounded like a mini bomb. It was real loud,” said neighbor Charles Jones. “Just a big, old kaboom. I head it a block away and then I ran around here and saw them pulling her out of that car,” said neighbor Mary Lannan. Inside the […]

  • KC police use drone to search for hammer-wielding man who attacked two women

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Man, they were all around here by my place and over there in those woods.” Neighbor Samanthia Carter said the search for a man who committed an attack with a hammer on Tuesday was like watching a lifetime movie. “One minute I heard a loud bang. I think that was the sound of the suspect screeching tires or something getting away,” Carter said. Kansas City police say a hammer-wielding man attacked two female employees as they […]

  • Fiancée of runner who died in Kansas City half-marathon remembers her ‘perfect guy’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “He was just so charismatic and had a contagious personality and smile,” said a beaming Taryn Klein-Russell as she remembered her fiance, Brandon Russell. Russell died after finishing the “Rock the Parkway” half-marathon on Saturday. The two first met on a blind date. “I remember when we first started dating it was like everything he said, every text, just everything was just right on! He just couldn’t do any wrong. He was the perfect guy,” said […]

  • Mushroom hunter describes ‘overwhelming,’ heartbreaking discovery of skull in Cass County woods

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — A mushroom hunter who found human remains in some Cass County woods on Monday described the disturbing discovery to FOX 4 on Friday. Investigators say the skull the hunter found belongs to Jessica Runions, a Raymore woman who had been missing for seven months. Investigators returned on Friday to the site near East 233rd and Y Highway searching for new clues. Crime scene technicians and detectives combed through the woods for seven hours. In the meantime, […]

  • Investigators hope ‘several pieces of evidence’ lead to Runions’ killer, help identify second victim

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — For nine long and grueling hours, more than 100 investigators from the Kansas City Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and several other metro area law enforcement agencies searched a thick, muddy wooded area on Thursday. “The FBI’s crime scene team is first going to grid the area into squares to make it easier for the searchers to see. We have a rather long area that is very difficult to see,” said Captain […]