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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    Two cousins who attacked clergymen in KCK each get 11-year prison sentence

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two young cousins who pleaded guilty to beating up and robbing two clergymen last fall learned their fate on Friday. Ladarious Barkers and Marvin Moore each got 11 years for attacking the priest and pastor. Prosecutors say last October 82-year-old retired priest Father Tom Kearns was unloading a pumpkin out of his car near the Blessed Sacrament Church in KCK. Within moments they say 19- year-old Barkers and his 20-year-old Moore ran up behind the priest, […]

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    Mo. Lottery winner scammed out of prize warns future jackpot winners to be careful

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “In 1996 and 1997 my numbers were always the pick three,” Marva Wilson recalled with a big laugh. For years, one of Marva Wilson’s favorite pass-times has been playing the lottery. “I just like it. It’s so much fun, trying to win. I don’t play the Powerball unless it get’s up there,” Marva chuckled. During the summer of 2008, Marva won more than $2 million playing the Missouri Lottery. “I bought two tickets before I left […]

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    Police say bartender at Clinton Applebee’s helped lead them to Olathe shooting suspect

    CLINTON, Mo. — Police in Clinton, Mo., are crediting a bartender at one of their local restaurants with helping them track down the man accused of shooting three men at an Olathe bar Wednesday night. Clinton police say they received a 911 call after 12:30 a.m. A bartender at the local Applebee’s told officers there was a man in the restaurant who confided in her that he was on the run, and eventually told her that he was involved in the Olathe shootings. […]

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    Involuntary manslaughter sentence in Platte County case leaves victim’s family outraged

    PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — A guilty plea closed the case on a crash that killed a metro woman, but her former husband says justice wasn’t served. Nearly four years after KCK mom Catherine Nienaber died in the crash, the man charged in the case is behind bars, but his sentence left Steve Nienaber outraged. On October 29, 2013, Catherine Nienaber was looking forward to celebrating her 49th birthday, but was taken in an instant when the driver of a semi […]

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    Hundreds descend upon KC City Hall for ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Under a sunny, clear bright sky the loud chants filled the air. “We are united! We won’t be divided. Mr. Trump, No ban! No wall. We love America too,” shouted several hundred people who stood in solidarity outside City Hall in downtown Kansas City today. The huge crowd of protesters, mainly Hispanic Americans, flooded the front lawn, sidewalks and gathered at the corner of 12th and Oak Street as part of a nationwide boycott called “A […]

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    Three arrested during ‘Day Without Immigrants’ march at city hall

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of people gathered on city hall’s steps Thursday morning as part of a nationwide effort called “A Day Without Immigrants.” The peaceful march kicked off at 10 a.m. and lasted about four hours, much longer than originally planned. Police tell FOX 4 that three people were arrested; one for blocking the street, one for assault for spitting on an officer and another for interfering with the arrest of the accused-spitter. At about the 34:53 mark in […]

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    Leandre Smith pleads guilty in the murder of Angel Hooper

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the two men who was charged in the death of Angel Hooper pleaded guilty Tuesday to his charges and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Leandre Smith pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action. In exchange for his plea, a Jackson County prosecutor sentenced him to 23 years on second-degree murder charge, 15 years on the unlawful use of weapon charge and 10 […]

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    Rumor of ICE raids leaves empty pews at Hispanic church on Sunday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies continue days of raids and arrests targeting undocumented immigrants, the threat of deportation looms heavily over metro immigrants. Many undocumented workers who attend Sacred Heart Guadalupe parish in Kansas City stayed home, fearing they would be detained and deported. Sacred Heart leaders said someone spread a rumor that federal agents were going to raid the church on Sunday. The rumor turned out not to be true, but […]

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    Investigators continue to look for evidence, clues into 2-year-old Gardner girl’s death

    GARDNER, Kan. — Gardner police returned to a home on Wednesday where a 2-year-old girl was found unresponsive on Tuesday. There are still lots of questions surrounding the death of Presley Porting. Crime scene tape still blocked off the front yard, and crime scene technicians and police are also still investigating. Police say they were first called to this home around 2 p.m. after they received a 911 call that the child wasn’t breathing. Investigators say paramedics rushed Presley to […]

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    Groups rally outside local lawmakers’ offices in opposition of Betsy Devos as Sec. of Education

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Protests organized by Indivisible Kansas City amassed outside the offices of Missouri and Kansas Senators on Tuesday to voice their dissent with Trump’s cabinet pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, as well as to oppose Pres. Trump’s contested travel ban. DeVos was confirmed earlier Tuesday after a deadlocked Senate vote, which saw two Republican senators break with party lines and vote against DeVos, The stalemate was finally decided by Vice Pres. Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote in favor […]

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    Protesters gather in downtown KC opposing travel ban and Betsy DeVos

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A protest organized by Indivisible Kansas City amassed downtown outside Sen. Roy Blunt’s office on Tuesday. The group rallied to oppose Pres. Trump’s contested travel ban, as well as to voice their dissent with Trump’s cabinet pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. DeVos was confirmed earlier Tuesday after a deadlocked Senate vote was finally decided by Vice Pres. Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote in favor of DeVos’ nomination. They said intend to also protest outside the […]

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    Greenwood police call white supremacist-related flier a ‘hoax’ but still beef up neighborhood patrols

    GREENWOOD, Mo. — A flier firestorm left some people on edge and triggered a police investigation, which investigators now say is a hoax. The fliers invited people in a Greenwood neighborhood to a National Socialist Movement recruitment meeting this weekend. “My mom said something about it. She had a fit about it and I was absolutely disgusted by it,” said a frustrated Kody Dyke about the controversial flier that’s now left several of his neighbors at DaLinda Estates subdivision near […]