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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
  • Mother mourns the death of her 15-year-old son who likely died of heat stroke

    OSAWATOMIE, Kan. – A 15-year-old boy was found along railroad tracks in Miami County, but authorities say the summer heat, not a train, likely led to the teen’s sudden death. In just two weeks, Keith Orr was looking forward to coming here to Osawatomie High School where he would’ve been a freshman. But now the boy’s family is preparing for his funeral. “He was very happy go lucky. He always just kept going on and when I was sad he’d be […]

  • Two-year-old boy died at Days Inn pool across from Worlds of Fun.

    Northland hotel pool where child drowned remains closed for unrelated violations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Northland hotel pool where a two-year-old boy drowned on Friday, July 31, was shut down on Monday by Kansas City Health Dept. inspectors due to safety and sanitary violations. Authorities say the two-year-old boy was found face-down in a Days Inn Hotel, 7100 NE Parvin Road, pool Friday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m. The child, identified only as a two-year-old boy named Jordan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he later died. A family […]

  • Keith Orr

    15-year-old Kansas boy found along railroad tracks may have died of heat stroke

    PAOLA, Kan. — Investigators in Paola, Kansas are trying to determine what caused the death of a teen who was found along the railroad tracks Monday evening. Deputies were sent to an area near 355th Street and Bethel Church Road, which is about two miles southwest of Osawatomie, around 5 p.m. on Monday  to meet with railroad workers after hearing reports of a teen lying on the railroad tracks. The teen was identified as 15-year-old Keith Orr from Osawatomie, Kan. Investigators […]

  • Overland Park police and FBI served a search warrant to a home early Friday afternoon. Police would not comment on the specifics of the warrant.

    FOX 4 exclusive: FBI raid Overland Park home

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — FBI agents and Overland Park Police have a home surrounded Friday afternoon. According to an FBI spokesperson federal agents descended on a gray, ranch-style house near Lamar and 101 Street in Overland Park to execute a search warrant. The spokesperson will not say what or who the agents are looking for because it involves an ongoing investigation. One neighbor told FOX 4 that around noon the feds busted through the front door of the home. The neighbor […]

  • Marie Giesling, 95, was killed after an accident in which she was hit by a car while walking.

    Waldo community misses longtime resident who died after accident while out on a walk

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 95-year-old Kansas City woman is being remembered by friends and family after an accident on Saturday, July 18, took her life. A car hit Marie Giesing in the parking lot at Governor Stumpy’s Grill House in the Waldo area.  Friends say Marie Giesing had walked the mile to her church, Saint Elizabeth Church at Two East 75th Street. A restaurant employee was backing up her car when she hit what she thought was a bag of trash, but […]

  • Isaiah was attacked Saturday in Greenwood, Mo. by a pitbull-boxer mix dog that had attacked before.

    Baby with crushed jaw from dog attack once suffered 2 skull fractures from possible abuse

    GREENWOOD, Mo. — The baby boy bitten by a dog over the weekend in a Greenwood, Mo., home has had two traumatic events in his short life of 17-months. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend learned that when Isaiah Francis was seven-months old, his mom took him to the hospital because his head started swelling. According to court documents, he was suffering from two skull fractures with bleeding on the brain.  Grandview Police arrested his babysitter, Angela Waln, 28, shortly thereafter in September […]

  • 40th and Benton shooting on Monday July 27 leaves man in critical condition.

    During argument over dog, man shot in middle of afternoon in KCMO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man was shot several times Monday afternoon near 40th and Benton, and neighbors say the reason he was shot was an argument over a dog. It happened at 40th and Benton. One neighbor says the victim is a 19-year-old man. The neighbor says the man was arguing with another man about a dog, and within minutes at least 10 gun shots rang out. The victim was reportedly standing in front of the scooter when he was shot […]

  • Mom hopes sketch will help catch man who attacked, raped daughter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police released a sketch Friday of the likeness of a man they say raped a girl on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in an empty lot near Cleveland and 42nd Street. The 18-year-old high school senior said at about 2:30 on Dec. 5 she got off the school bus and started to walk to her dad’s house. She said she noticed the suspect cross the street when she did and then attack her. The victim told police […]

  • Charges in child trapped in hot car case.

    Family defends suspects accused of leaving child in hot car, call incident a “pure accident”

    OLATHE, Kan. — A metro mother says that her kids made a mistake but aren’t criminals after they allegedly left their 2-year-old cousin alone in a hot car. Marques Anderson, 23, and his 24-year-old sister Mylesha Anderson both face felony aggravated endangerment of a child charges after allegedly leaving their young cousin asleep in the back seat of Mylesha Anderson’s sweltering car last Saturday in a Merriam shopping center parking lot. Police say that the siblings were inside a cell […]

  • Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23

    Siblings charged after allegedly leaving niece, 2, inside hot car outside Merriam shopping center

    OLATHE, Kan. — A 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man have been charged in Johnson County with child endangerment after a small child was left abandoned inside a hot car in Merriam. According to court documents Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23, were each charged with one count of aggravated child endangerment after leaving a child under the age of 18 in a situation where the child’s life, body or health was injured or endangered. It is alleged they […]

  • Burglar scales balconies of West Plaza and Westport apartments

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A balcony-climbing burglar is on the prowl in the West Plaza and Westport areas. Now police are warning residents to protect their valuables. Right now the balcony-climbing crook is still somewhere out there, and that’s why people in the West Plaza and Westport area are now spreading the word. Police say in the past two weeks, he bold thief has climbed up to the upper level balconies at several apartment buildings, entered through victims’ unlocked windows […]

  • Erica Rippetoe

    Police investigate death of KCK mother found dead in her home

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City, Kan. Police identified the woman found dead Monday morning from a gunshot wound. Friends and loved ones of a Erica Rippetoe, 31, are finding it hard to understand why. “Our friend was a loving mother of four young kids. She didn’t deserve what’s happened to her,” said Sandy Yoakum. Yoakum says her Rippetoe lived in a two-story house near Miami Avenue and South 9th Street for less than a year with her 19-month-old baby girl.  Rippetoe also had […]