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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
  • Lee’s Summit teenager shot to death, police investigate

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Police are investigating a homicide in the 900 block of NE Bristol Drive in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Police were called to the home around 10 a.m. Thursday. Police say the 17-year-old male victim was shot and killed while standing in the front door of his home. Investigators say around 10 a.m. Thursday morning the young victim got shot once in the chest and died. On Thursday night detectives were still looking for the person who shot […]

  • Multiple bullets spray two Kansas City family homes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Imagine being inside your home and all of a sudden bullets shatter windows and pierce your property. Well, it happened to two families in one Kansas City neighborhood. One minute a Kansas City family was preparing for dinner, and next thing they knew they were running from gunfire. The family’s home was one of two shot at in a matter of minutes. “I hit the floor and then made the kids crawl all the way back […]

  • Prayers to find killer of 10-year-old KCK girl shot while playing games & watching TV

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tuesday night family, friends, police and community activists will gather at a Kansas City, Kansas church to remember a 10-year-old girl who was shot and killed inside her home. The prayer vigil for Machole Stewart is set to take place at Forest Grove Baptist Church, and is expected to start at 6 p.m. A huge crowd is also expected to turn out to remember the little girl and pray that police catch her killer. Kansas City, […]

  • Family, community plead for justice in 10-year-old’s shooting death

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A 10-year-old girl’s family is in mourning following her heart wrenching and tragic death. Police say Machole Stewart died after someone drove by and shot up her family’s home on Sunday night. Her sudden death has rocked her family, everyone at her church and lots of people in this community. “Machole was amazing, just a joyful little kid. She wanted things in life that everybody else wanted,” grandmother Kimberly Blackmon said. Blackmon fought back tears just […]

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    Lathrop, Mo. student pulls gun during lunch period

    LATHROP, Mo. — Leaders in the Lathrop School District confirmed that a student pulled a weapon during lunch Friday at the middle school, and was quickly apprehended. According to a district official FOX 4 spoke to, the gun was not loaded and the principal was able to get the gun from the student. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend reports that the student is a 13-year-old boy and he is now in juvenile custody at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling […]

  • Mother shocked daughter was able to leave school and walk home alone

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Hickman Mills mother is wondering how her 10-year-old daughter could just walk out of school and head home. Tanya Warren says since the beginning of the school year her daughter has been bullied by other students. Warren says the verbal and physical abuse occurred on her daughter’s school bus and at Santa Fe Elementary School. Thursday afternoon the 10-year-old told her parents she got tired of kids taunting her, so the fifth grader walked right […]

  • Man robbed at gunpoint of his World Series tickets outside Kauffman

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man hoping to sell his World Series tickets and buy his girlfriend an engagement ring  was robbed and assaulted Monday right outside Kauffman Stadium. At about 2 p.m. Monday, Jake Stewart, 36, from Overland Park, met a man outside the K, who claimed he wanted to buy the World Series tickets that Stewart had listed on Craigslist. The man said he didn’t bring cash, but would run to the bank and get the money. “He […]

  • 15-year-old driver flees police, chase ends in fiery crashes

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — It was just after one Tuesday morning when police say a wild car crash disturbed the peace in a Blue Springs subdivision. “I heard a loud boom, ran outside and just started recording the fiery crash with my cellphone,” said neighbor Joe Wochner. Investigators say a 15-year-old boy in a white Volkswagen first ran a stop sign near Northwest Kingsridge Drive and Northwest Ashton Drive, and when he refused to stop for an officer, police say […]

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    Bonner Springs teen sentenced to more than 5 years in juvenile corrections for killing father

    OLATHE, Kan. — A Bonner Springs teenager who shot and killed his father in July of 2013 was sentenced to 64 months in a juvenile jail on Monday. The boy was 14 when he shot his dad 16 times outside a Shawnee auction house in July of 2013. The teenager’s mother and stepfather were handing him over to his father during a custody exchange. Police say as he approached his father’s car, he pulled out a handgun and fatally shot 46-year-old […]

  • Local mom wards off intruder using unusual items as weapons

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One brave woman took matters into her own hands when an intruder attempted to make his way into her home. Gloria Buchanan, 50, is partially deaf and disabled, but given the morning she had on Friday you wouldn’t know it. “I really didn’t have time to be scared. I just couldn’t believe he was creeping around outside and the got inside my home,” said a stunned Buchanan about a bold burglar, who she wasted no time […]

  • Mother furious after school bus stop mishap

    RICHMOND, Mo. — A Richmond, Missouri mother says she put her six-year-old daughter on the school bus Wednesday morning, but by late that afternoon, Saralissa Hall says she got the scare of her life. “I was really, really afraid. I didn’t know if she had been kidnapped, went inside somebody’s house, I just didn’t know where she was, ” Hall told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend, who picks up the story that you can watch right now.

  • UCM students on alert after reported assault of female student

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A number of female students at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg are closely watching their backs after a fellow student told police two men grabbed her outside a residence hall. The female student says she was outside near South Todd Hall, a co-ed dorm, around 6:30 Tuesday night when the two guys she’d never seen before grabbed her arm and then attempted to raise her shirt. Police say when the victim screamed, the men ran […]