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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
  • Mom of KC teen says clerk should have called police, rather than shoot her son

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day after a 16-year-old was shot in the leg, allegedly by the store clerk of Pic N’ Save Market, the clerk has been charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action. Police say Mohammed Abdi, 26, of Kansas City, Missouri got into an argument with Ryan Jones, 16,  inside the store at 59th and Prospect Avenue Tuesday afternoon, June 30. Police said surveillance video shows Abdi pulling a loaded Glock pistol from his waistband and […]

  • Metro woman claims former Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy raped her

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — A woman is telling her story after she says a former Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy raped her inside a squad car. “It’s not a day that I wake up and I don’t think about what happened.  It was the worst day of my life,” said a metro area woman FOX 4 is calling “Tammy.” On the afternoon of July 28, 2014 “Tammy” says she was being taken to the Henry County jail to serve a 12 […]

  • Two Chillicothe children’s joyride shocks relatives

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Police say Saturday they rushed to the 500 block of Elm Street in Chillicothe after hearing someone was “driving in a reckless manner.” “Nobody got hurt, thank God!” said Anthony Jones, talking about his nine-year-old nephew and the boy’s 10-year-old female friend. Police say it turns out the driver was Jones’ little nephew, and, the boy’s pintsized passenger was his nephew’s friend. “He said he drove and got arrested and that scared me the most because he’s […]

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    Teen charged with aggravated battery on child in Johnson County

    OLATHE, Kan. — A young woman faces charges in Johnson County, Kan. Court for allegedly battering a child that is only a year, or less. According to documents, the child was born in 2014. Taysia Dilley, 19, was arrested Thursday evening and then charged with aggravated battery on a child. She is scheduled to be back in court on July 7.

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    West Virginia family traveling through KC has truck, trailer stolen with all belongings

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A cross-country move was halted when metro thieves left a family stranded.  The family is heading to a new life in Arizona, but they don’t have anything left of their old one and are fuming. It was supposed to be a fun, adventurous, cross-country trip for Rachel Soale, her husband, their 17-year-old son and the family’s two dogs. “Hit the road this morning by 10, 10:30,” Soale said. Everything they had was loaded in their Ford […]

  • KCMO police investigate second fatal stabbing at same address in past 2 months

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police are investigating the second fatal stabbing to occur within the past two months at a metro apartment building. According to court documents, around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday officers were dispatched to 115 NW Harlem Road, where a separate fatal stabbing incident occurred back in May, on an unknown medical related call. Once police arrived at the scene, they located 32-year-old Jermaine Collins, of Kansas City, Missouri, who was lying unresponsive on his back, in a grassy […]

  • Federal authorities arrest suspect after standoff in Northland

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police were called to N.E. 54th Street and Sycamore Drive Tuesday afternoon and reported they were in a standoff with a person there. The standoff was near Gracemor Elementary School. More than two dozen armed officers, some of whom were in unmarked police vehicles, all gathered in an area near a vacant church. Authorities eventually arrested a man wanted on a federal warrant.  

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    One man dies in KCMO house fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Northland man died Monday afternoon after getting trapped inside his burning home. Investigators say the home did not have working smoke detectors. A neighbor called 911 at about 2 p.m. after seeing flames and heavy smoke shooting from the house in the 3700 block of Northeast 35th Street. Investigators say firefighters quickly arrived and had the fire under control within minutes. Firefighters went downstairs and found a man, in his late 30’s or early 40’s, trapped […]

  • Lee’s Summit boy: ‘I had to protect my sister’ from stranger near their home

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — “We were just walking down the street heading home, and I saw him in his car down the corner, ” said 13-year-old Dalton Dublinske, about a suspicious looking man who followed Dalton and his five-year-old sister. “We were down at the dock area near the pool area in our subdivision and as my sister and I got closer to home, his car got closer to us. Yes, I was scared. I just pulled my sister and said […]

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    Man allegedly tries to lure two children to his vehicle in Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — For the last two days parents in the Raintree Lake Subdivision in Lee’s Summit have been on edge as police search for a stranger who tried to coax two young children into his car. “It’s extremely scary because you just don’t expect to hear about that happening along your street where children should be safe to walk up and down, ” says Tanya Ryan, who lives across the street from the 13 year old boy, who police […]

  • Tonganoxie police investigate girl’s sexual assault claims

    TONGANOXIE, Kan. – Two teenage boys are accused of sexually assaulting a middle school-aged girl has shaken up a small Kansas town. “I’m just shocked to hear that something like that might’ve happened around here in this small town,” said Melissa Mathia. Mathia and Charles Conrad are just two of many parents in the area now extremely concerned about a case detectives with the Tonganoxie Police Department are now sorting through. “My God just to hear ‘brutal attack and a teenage […]

  • Victim of possible tow truck scam hopes for swift justice against suspects

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man is fuming after he says two, money-hungry strangers had his car towed and then stripped it of parts. Now police want to know if the pair is behind a possible car towing scam. As of Tuesday night the two people police arrested in connection with the possible tow car scam haven’t been charged. One driver named Swayze McCray, hopes that will soon change. “It’s kind of a setback you know,” said McCray. […]