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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    Man charged with murdering Kansas City mom in front of her children

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Walk around the Stonewall Courts Apartment Complex near Independence and Wabash in northeast Kansas City and you’ll see a number of people, especially parents, with somber, sad faces. “It’s just super sad. I feel so bad for her and her children,” said neighbor Emily DeMarea. Emily’s one of the many still shocked after hearing what happened to her neighbor, 31-year-old Denise Gayle. Before the crack of dawn on Thursday police went to the complex after gunfire rang out. […]

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    Kansas City, Kan., man accused of killing woman while kids were in the apartment

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The suspect in a deadly shooting on Kansas City’s northeast side is now in jail, charged with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Derrick Williams, 31, of Kansas City, Kan., is accused of shooting a mother inside an apartment in the Pendleton Heights subdivision near Independence Avenue and Wabash early Thursday morning. Three children were inside when the shooting happened. One told an officer, “He killed my mom.” A child also told police […]

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    Mom shot while walking dogs in son’s Kansas City neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Man, I cannot believe what’s happened to my mom. She’s a loving, caring person and she doesn’t bother nobody. I’m just flabbergasted,” said Michael Thompson as tears streamed down his face. A stunned Thompson says he’s filled with all kinds of emotions when he thinks about what happened to his mother, 55-year-old Candy Thompson. “I heard those gunshots just a block from my house. I had no idea that my mom had been shot,” said Michael. Indeed, Candy […]

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    Police urge awareness from ‘Pokemon Go’ players after some victims of recent Westport, Plaza armed robberies were playing game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People out and about in Midtown are asked to be extra careful Wednesday night. That warning follows four robberies overnight in areas around the Plaza and Westport. Because of that police are stepping up patrols in Midtown and around the Plaza. People out enjoying their evenings in those areas found that out the hard way Wednesday morning, as gunmen robbed them of their belongings. The four robberies occurring over a span of 90 minutes, one person […]

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    Murray’s helping Kansas City chill out in the summer heat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sidewalk outside isn’t the only thing that’s hot in Kansas City. As the summer temperatures rise, so does the number of folks cooling down at Murray’s Ice Creams and Cookies. All day the door has been swinging at Murray’s in Westport. Everything the store sells is made right there in-house, and the delicious ice cream, shakes, and malts keep the customers coming back. For the last 24 years, business has been good for the Kansas […]

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    Infant found in Lawrence apartment complex dumpster still in state care, police say suspect now in custody

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s been almost a month since the night Cindy Quick took her trash and found a baby girl screaming profusely, buried under piles of trash in a dumpster just outside her apartment off W. 6th Street in Lawrence. “I’ve just been worried about that baby. I just understand why anyone would do that to an innocent child, ” Quick told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend during a follow up interview Tuesday. Lawrence, Kan., police announced on Tuesday that the suspect […]

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    Overland Park police searching for suspect who fired gunshots at man in IHOP parking lot

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Gunfire rang out near a busy restaurant in Overland Park. Now police hope a quick look at the suspected shooter’s car will help them find whoever fired the shots. The shooting happened early Monday morning in the parking lot of an IHOP at West 119th Street and Metcalf. Overland Park police say initially they were called out to check out an armed disturbance, but after talking further to the victim, investigators soon learned that someone fired […]

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    Funeral arrangements announced for Captain Dave Melton

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Mourners are invited to the visitation for Capt. Melton on Friday, July 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Jack Reardon Civic Center, 520 Minnesota Avenue. The funeral is at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Children’s Mercy Park, One Sporting Way. The public is invited. For those who would like to make donations to the Melton family, the following ways are available below. Melton leaves behind one adult child, two minor children, and […]

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    Kansas City man accused of beating his 5-year-old son unconscious with vacuum cleaner

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 29-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man has been charged in Jackson County with assault in connection with a reported serious beating of his 5-year-old son on Sunday. Misipope Taliga, 29, faces felony domestic assault in the first degree. According to court records filed on Monday, Kansas City police, responding to an area near 20th and Topping Avenue in Kansas City on a reported injury of a 5-year-old boy, found paramedics treating the child. Witnesses told police that […]

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    Fireworks attack leaves pit bull badly injured, Kansas City rescuers working to heal her

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A heart-tugging case of animal abuse has left a pit bull severely injured. Animal rescuers at Chain of Hope KC say someone intentionally threw ‘M-80’ firecrackers at the dog. The rescuers believe Helen the pit bull would`ve died had a neighbor in the area not found the injured dog just in the nick of time. It`s been a tough and unbelievable two weeks for this female pit bull, given the name by the staff at Chain […]

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    Kansas City daycare owner’s federal arrest disappoints child’s grandmother

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Man, I drove up there on Wednesday morning and all I wanted to do was drop off my 2-year-old grandson, ” said a frustrated Flora Stevenson. On Wednesday morning the Grandview grandmother pulled up outside the Guidance Child Care Center near East Bannister and James A. Reed Road only to see yellow crime scene tape around the fence and plenty of cops. “Yes, those police officers were everywhere, I couldn’t believe it! I initially thought a child […]

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    Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Austin encounters rough weather, gets diverted to KCI

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There were some tense moments Wednesday afternoon for passengers on a Southwest Airlines 737. The jet made an emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport, due in part to nasty weather. Southwest Flight 1265 was on its way to Texas before the plane was diverted to KCI. An airport spokesman says the Boeing 737 ran into severe turbulence. FOX 4 was originally told that hail may have damaged the plane, but we were later updated that wasn’t […]