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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, 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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    Platte Co. man accused of deadly shootings, setting fire to his grandparents, sister, baby nephew

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Grayden Denham, the 24-year-old man, whose grandparents, sister, and infant nephew were found dead at a home in Edgerton, Mo., in February has now been charged with four counts of 1st degree murder, 4 counts of armed criminal action, animal abuse, arson in the 2nd degree and tampering with physical evidence. Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd and Platte County sheriff Mark Owen held a news conference Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., to explain the investigation and […]

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    UMKC student fights back against two attackers in Midtown area

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A college student fought off two would-be robbers in Midtown Kansas City. Now, police want to know could this crime be connected to a string of recent holdups in that area. The University of Missouri-Kansas City student told police early Friday morning he fought with two attackers near 55th and Troost. Nathan Cho said he left a friend`s house, and was walking home when suddenly two guys attacked him. “I was crossing the street, just crossed […]

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    Quick-thinking man: ‘I’m glad I was there to help save the baby’

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — “It happened so fast. When I drove up it just look like she was in a frantic mode, jumping around and talking to the car,” said David Henke, about a hysteric Lee’s Summit mom who just couldn’t believe minutes after leaving a Johnson County gym her baby boy got trapped in her hot car. “She was standing there with her friend and I ran inside Lifetime Fitness Center and yelled to them to come help, there’s a […]

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    Mom breaks window to free child locked in car in Overland Park on sweltering afternoon

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police say a mom acted quickly to free her child from a locked car on Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a fitness center. Police tell FOX 4 the mom accidentally locked her keys inside the car in the 6800 block of W. 138th Street at about 2:45 p.m., and broke a window to get to her child before emergency crews arrived. Police say it appeared the child had only been in the car for […]

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    Grief-stricken family prays for an arrest in 4-year-old Kansas City boy’s homicide

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Enough is enough,” said one of the members of  Mothers in Charge, who gathered with the grieving parents and extended family of Mahsaan Kelley-Wilson, the 4-year-old boy killed early Monday morning while he rode in his parents’ car. Mothers in Charge, united with Mahsaan’s family, met at the park near 31st and Park Tuesday afternoon to appeal to anyone and everyone to help police find Mahsaan’s killer.  The location, Sanford Brown Plaza Park near Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church,  was […]

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    4-year old boy’s distraught parents unable to speak, so family appeals to community to stop hurting children

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Enough is enough,” said one of the members of  Mothers in Charge, who gathered with the grieving parents and extended family of Mahsaan Kelley-Wilson, the 4-year-old boy killed early Monday morning while he rode in his parents’ car. Mothers in Charge, united with Mahsaan’s family, met at the park near 31st and Park Tuesday afternoon to appeal to anyone and everyone to help police find Mahsaan’s killer.  The location, Sanford Brown Plaza Park near Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church,  was […]

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    After high speed chase into Fairfax, police arrest man wanted for questioning in recent sexual assault

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police chased a driver late Monday morning who they say was possibly connected to a recent sexual assault.  Kansas City, Mo., police followed the man as he drove on Interstate-635 and into the Fairfax district. Police took him into custody when he turned down a street that was blocked off near 8th Street and Freeman Avenue near Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kan. With his vehicle boxed in, the man surrendered peacefully to police. The suspect led […]

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    Man found slumped over in running car, with severe injuries from beating

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say a young man was found severely beaten in a running car early Monday morning at East 24th Street and Campbell. A police sergeant tells FOX 4 that the man had serious head injuries when officers found him slumped over in the backseat of the Buick LeSabre. Early in the investigation, police were not sure if the man was the driver or a passenger in the car. FOX 4 will continue to follow the story […]

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    Man wearing thong escorted from Prairie Village city pool

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — On a hot, sunny afternoon police say a man “bared it all” and was quickly put out of Prairie Village Municipal Pool in Harmon Park. “He was sunbathing on a lounger at the adult pool and he was wearing a thong swimsuit,” said Captain Byron Roberson with the Prairie Village Police Department. Police say on June 9th parents with their kids spotted the man, who’s in his 40’s, wearing the thong swimsuit. Witnesses say when the […]

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    Family and friends reeling with heartache after Olathe mom is killed in head-on collision

    OLATHE, Kan. — Family members and friends are mourning Miesha Alleyne. Investigators say around 10 on Wednesday morning Alleyne was driving north on Pflumm Road near 151st Street when for an unknown reason, Miesha’s new Hyundai Elantra crossed the center line and plowed head on into a silver south bound car. “I was at work and people kept calling my cell phone and I just had no idea why, but then my son said you need to call me now and that’s when […]

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    Excelsior Springs teen accused of body slamming 14-year-old boy, knocking him unconscious

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — A 17-year-old from Excelsior Springs is now facing a charge in Clay County circuit court after police say he body slammed a 14-year-old boy. According to court documents, the suspect and several of his friends rode around in a car, boasting that they wanted to beat up people. Police say the innocent 14-year-old got picked up, thrown to the ground and left unconscious near the intersection of Crown Hill Road and Southside Court in Excelsior Springs. The […]

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    KCK roofing company allegedly forced undocumented workers to pay kickbacks

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — On Tuesday, federal attorneys accused owners of a Kansas City, Kan., roofing company of demanding kickbacks from their undocumented workers. A federal grand jury indictment alleges the owners of Century Roofing, 70-year-old Tommy Keaton of Shawnee and 55-year-old Graziano Cornolo of Lenexa, ”Intimidated and coerced undocumented workers to pay kickbacks….violating federal laws.” Federal agents with Homeland Security arrested Keaton, Cornolo and 33-year-old Alberto Diaz-Hernandez, a crew leader at Century Roofing early Tuesday morning. The indictment alleges […]