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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
  • Columbia man charged with murder of 6 year old.  Murder in the first degree and Armed Criminal Action. Charges are from Callaway County and he is currently in custody in Pettis County.

    Man, 27, charged with murder of 6-yr-old Fulton boy he was babysitting

    FULTON, Mo. — A 27-year-old man was charged Thursday with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of a 6-year-old family friend with whom he was living at a residence outside of Fulton, Mo., in Callaway County. Link: Willet’s girlfriend reacts to his arrest Police say Scottie Willet, formerly of Columbia and Sedalia, admitted to shooting the boy multiple times while Willet was babysitting him. The child’s mother had left for work at about 4 p.m. and […]

  • Police are searching for Ramy Demboski (right) after she may have been abducted in Excelsior Springs on Wednesday afternoon.

    Amber Alert canceled for 3-year-old Excelsior Springs girl Ramy Demboski

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — An Amber Alert was issued for missing three-year-old Ramy Demboski at about 6 p.m. Wednesday night, and the alert was canceled at about 8:20 p.m. after Ramy was located with her biological mother in the Westport area of Kansas City. Finding her safe was the conclusion of a tense day where police were trying to find the little girl after she was reported missing Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of Persimmon Drive in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Ramy’s stepmom, […]

  • Fire erupts at a University of Kansas fraternity house

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Firefighters responded to a fire at a University of Kansas fraternity house in Lawrence. According to investigators at the scene, the fire broke out just before noon on Tuesday inside a two-person sleeping area on the third floor of the Sigma Chi fraternity house near 14th and Tennessee. The two students who share the room were in class at the time. Firefighters got the 74 students who live here out of the three-level building safely.  More than 30 firefighters […]

  • Routine walk to store takes frightening turn for KC mom and two daughters

    Editor’s note: The injuries seen and described in this story are graphic, viewer discretion is recommended.  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From her hospital bed on Monday, a Kansas City mom told FOX 4 about a horrifying accident she and her two daughters survived Friday night. What was supposed to be a routine walk to a neighborhood convenience store for Rozena Dixon and her nine and 13-year-old daughters suddenly took a frightening turn. “It was real frightening. I didn’t know what […]

  • Pinkel, Alden address latest report about former running back Washington

    COLUMBIA, Mo. — Reaction continues to roll in regarding the newest sexual assault complaint aired by ESPN’s Outside the Lines against former University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington. Mizzou’s head football coach Gary Pinkel and the athletic director Mike Alden both spoke out about the allegations on Friday. One of the big questions is did Pinkel and Alden know about the rape allegations a female student made against Washington six years ago?  During a news conference Friday afternoon in […]

  • Family shocked, mourning sudden loss of woman, 79, who died in crash

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A 28-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter stemming from a fatal crash that happened Tuesday night. The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office charged Joshua Brazeal with the crime, and also charged him with aggravated battery of a woman who was a passenger in the vehicle he wrecked as well as other traffic offenses. Geraldine Strader, 79, died of injuries she sustained in the crash in the 3800 block of Haskell Ave. Police said she was driving a Toyota […]

  • Relatives thankful family members weren’t killed in rollover crash

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Relatives say it is a “miracle” that a Kansas City family of four survived a rollover crash Sunday. Investigators say a couple and their 11-year-old daughter weren’t wearing seat belts and the couple’s two-year-old wasn’t in a child safety seat. “I wish they were buckled in. They usually put her in her car seat and everybody usually wears their seat belts whenever I’m in the car with them, ” said Susy Fernandez, the victims’ family member. “I […]

  • Woman texts man who stole her van, he returns it

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A single mother of five lost her van to a thief, but then he returned it after she texted him on a phone left inside the vehicle. It happened at a KMart in Independence, Mo. Megan Bratten ran inside for about 15 minutes to pick up some last-minute school supplies. When she came out, her van was gone. That’s when she remembered her estranged husband’s cell phone was still in the vehicle, so she sent a text, […]

  • Family of crash victim visits site of deadly accident

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a horrible site to see but relatives of a man who died in a car crash wanted to see the place where his life ended. “I just wanted to see where it happen,” Brian House, brother, said. He was speaking about the ditch where his 21-year-old brother Jeremy House and Jeremy’s girlfriend, Camille Barksdale were in a horrible, single car crash. House died. His girlfriend of two years was seriously hurt and is now […]

  • DancingCops

    Caught on camera: Cops get into a dance-off with kids in KC neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officers within KCPD’s East Patrol division found themselves in a dance-off with some neighborhood kids Sunday night. In a video that a resident shared with the department through social media, it posted the dance battle to its YouTube page. The rookie officer, who the police department describes as pulling out his “best” moves, was no match for the three Kansas City kids despite getting pretty creative. Officer J. Krebs loves to dance, so when he and his […]

  • Courtesy: Using with permission from Kevin Moroney's family. From facebook

    Overland Park man, 52, killed when teen driver crashes into parked car, pedestrians

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park teenage driver could face charges in a deadly pedestrian crash.   The 17-year-old hit a legally parked car, and a man and a woman standing along the street near 85th and Tomahawk Road just before midnight Thursday night, according to police. The man died and the woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries to her face and legs. The man was identified late Friday morning. Kevin Patrick Moroney, 52, was pronounced dead […]

  • Wife laments loss of beloved husband who died in ambulance crash

    NEVADA, Mo. — A Nevada man is dead and two emergency responders are hospitalized after an ambulance crash. It happened Wednesday night on northbound Interstate 49, just north of Harrisonville. Thursday we learned two highly respected paramedics at the Vernon County Ambulance District were both injured when their ambulance crashed. A beloved assistant pastor died in the crash. “Wonderful husband, wonderful dad and wonderful grandparent,” Tricia Brandt said. That’s how Tricia remembers her childhood sweetheart and husband of 44 years, […]