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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    Tenants fighting the cold in own homes for days after gas line shut off at Independence apartments

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some frustrated Kansas City tenants say they’ve been living in cold apartment for the last four nights. Now it’s their tempers that are heating up. The problem may get worse for those folks as much colder temperatures are on the way. Missouri Gas Energy said they had to shut off a gas pipeline one of the buildings at the Harvard Court apartment complex, near 40-Highway and Sterling, due to natural gas leaks. Several residents told FOX […]

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    Lenexa fire forces residents of more than a dozen units out of apartments

    LENEXA, Kan. – A Friday afternoon fire forced more than a dozen families out of their apartments after the fire raced through their buildings. The fire broke out at The Meadows complex near 77th and Quivira. The people who live at the apartment complex are just glad that firefighters put out the apartment fire fairly quickly, it took about 20 minutes. “I just smelled smoke. Didn’t see what happened so I just went out the door and they said get […]

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    8th grade Antioch Middle School student’s family thinks neighbor’s gunshot to son’s face was no accident

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 15-year-old Kansas City eighth-grader is recovering in the hospital from a gunshot to the face on Thursday, and his family wants charges filed against the boy who pulled the trigger. Jersweet Kosmes, a relative, does not believe what happened was an accident. He says a few days before the shooting, while on the school bus, the neighbor who shot Maka Albert asked Maka and another boy if they’d be afraid if he had a gun. He did […]

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    Woman explains why she wouldn’t surrender to police after suspect shot, killed in KC’s northeast

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One day after an officer-involved shooting in Kansas City’s old northeast neighborhood, questions remain about the shooting and about a nearby standoff that police say was related. A drug task force officer shot and killed a suspect, saying the man reached for a gun at 8th and Van Brunt. When police stopped the suspect there, they say he was cooperative at first, but as they tried to get him out of the car, they say he reached […]

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    ‘Dangerous dog’ animal control says was linked to three attacks was seized and euthanized

    KANSAS CITY,  Mo. — A source with Kansas City Animal Control tells FOX 4 that the cane corso who was described as a ‘dangerous dog’ after it viciously attacked three people has been seized and euthanized. Animal control officers had been desperately wanting to get their hands on the dog after it was mistakenly released to its owner after it was taken in for biting  19-year-old Victoria Eve and her boyfriend while they were walking on Nov. 6, and then attacking its owner’s 54-year-old father […]

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    Police make multiple arrests after surrounding home near officer-involved shooting incident

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police arrested several people Wednesday evening at a home just a few blocks away from an officer-involved shooting incident earlier in the day. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend was at 9th and Cleveland, where officers had surrounded a house before taking several people into custody. Investigators searched the neighborhood, even deploying a drone to cover the area. The heavy police presence included officers on foot and squad cars parked all around the house and blocking off streets. SWAT […]

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    Team of volunteers help woman continue husband’s tradition of delivering Thanksgiving meals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For many, Thanksgiving isn’t just about chowing down with family and watching football; it’s also a time to open your hearts to serve others. Dedicated volunteers in the metro made sure that seniors and others who are homebound got a hot meal on Thanksgiving. Outside a Kansas City Salvation Army center, Thanksgiving tunes filled the air, while inside scores of volunteers prepare and bag hot meals for a mission Pam Stepp can hardly wait to accomplish. […]

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    UMKC investigating racist graffiti found scribbled in Royall Hall

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A University of Missouri-Kansas City student says he found some racist and disturbing remarks scrawled on two walls in a stairwell on campus. UMKC police are now investigating the incident at Royall Hall near East 52nd and Charlotte. A UMKC spokesman says they’re not sure how long the offensive remarks were scrawled on walls inside the study hall. A student contacted FOX 4 after he said he first spotted the remarks Tuesday morning on his way […]

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    Pit bull badly injured in fireworks attack makes tremendous turnaround

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pit bull injured by powerful firecrackers four months ago has made a remarkable turnaround. In July, FOX 4 first showed you the heartbreaking video of a weak, bleeding, malnourished pit bull rescued by Chain of Hope. Police say someone intentionally threw several powerful, M-80 firecrackers at “Helen,” severely injuring the dog and crushing her spirit. But now, four months later, a refreshed and happier Helen is enjoying this day after Thanksgiving with her foster mom, […]

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    Kansas City area school superintendent talks bus safety following deadly Tennessee crash

    OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — “Oh my God, when I first heard about it I mean my heart just sank. My heart goes out to those families, the school officials, students and the community,” said Gary French, the Superintendent for the Osawatomie School District, while discussing a deadly bus crash in Tennessee. French tells FOX 4’s Robert Townsend that every month the district’s 12 bus drivers are responsible for getting more than half of the district’s 1,100 elementary, middle and high school students […]

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    Intruders posing as utility workers burst into Kansas City family’s home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “I was just so scared. I just kept praying and praying to God,” said a 70-year-old woman who says Thursday morning in broad daylight three men knocked at her family’s front door near 27th and Brooklyn and gave her and her two adult sons the scare of their lives. “Man, it happened so fast. They knocked at first and then one of them just that they were city gas workers and they needed to come inside […]

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    KC shelter director says animal control officers’ mistake led to ‘dangerous dog’ being released

    KANSAS CITY,  Mo. — Armed with a catch pole, Thursday afternoon a Kansas City animal control officer went back to the house on the corner of Oakley and Bonita Avenue hoping to seize a 100 pound, tan colored, male Cane Corso. However, once the officer stepped onto the porch, a man opened the door. “I’m sorry, but the woman who owns the dog and the dog aren’t here. From what I’ve heard her relatives shot and killed the dog and […]