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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    Chemical cloud forms over Atchison, sending more than 100 people to hospitals

    ATCHISON, Kan. — Concerns are lingering in the air in northwest Kansas after a chemical cloud hovered over Atchison on Friday, putting one person in an ICU. At around 8 a.m., two chemicals were inadvertently mixed together at MGP Ingredients, which is between 10th and 14th streets south of Main Street City Manager Trey Cocking said a mix of sodium hydochloride and sulfuric acid caused a chemical plume to form and move over the community. Families living under the cloud […]

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    Kansas City dad hospitalized after taking bullet for his baby

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say on Tuesday night robbers broke into a family`s east side home and pulled guns before trying to shoot a baby. “Everything moved so fast that night. I didn’t even realize I heard three different conversations in our home, and, they held guns to all of our heads,” Ciara DeBarge said about the terrifying night when three men, two armed with guns, stormed inside her family’s Kansas City home. “One first kicked in the door, yelled […]

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    reStart Inc. and Greater KC Coalition to End Homelessness working to end homelessness among metro veterans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Homelessness a serious issue among our nation’s veterans, and a local group is taking that problem on. There are homeless veterans here in the metro but the good news is, a lot of those veterans are closer than ever to finding homes. Nine months ago, after serving in Iraq, 32-year-old Marine Corps veteran Ryan Foster returned to the metro and found himself homeless. “I just really needed some help,” Foster said. “I was in a situation […]

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    Witness: 3-year-old cries ‘Mama, Mama, Mama’ as he watches mom die in suspected Independence road rage

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors charged Christopher Taylor, 39, with the murder of Whitney Gray, 22 a mother of two, killed Sunday night in Independence in front of her two sons. On Sunday night, Gray and her two sons, Bentley, 6-months-old, and Junior, 3, were in their minivan near Winner Road and Sterling Avenue. According to court documents, another passenger inside Gray’s minivan threw a drink at Taylor’s car. Police believe Taylor then opened fire on the minivan, striking Whitney Gray. “The oldest […]

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    22-year-old Independence mom shot and killed while driving with 2 young sons believed to be victim of road rage

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence woman who was shot and killed in front of her two young sons Sunday night is believed to be a victim of road rage. Police say 22-year-old Whitney Gray was driving a minivan around 7:39 p.m., near Winner Road and Sterling Avenue with two children, ages 3-years and 6-months, when she encountered a road rage incident. Police said a man in a white SUV fired a gun. Gray was shot once. A 16-year-old female was also in the […]

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    Friends grateful Raytown teen shot at home is recovering at hospital

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A teenager is recovering in a hospital after he was shot at a friend’s house Thursday night. Police say the shooting happened near East 65th Terrace and Overton, and are still trying to figure out what led to the shooting of 16-year-old Jimmy Williams. “I`m pretty glad Jimmy`s okay. I`m just, just surprised that could happen to him. He seemed like such a great kid,” said Brandyn Pluchino. “I would say he’s pretty lucky.” Pluchino and Williams […]

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    Developer tells Mission residents that Gateway project ‘will become a reality’

    MISSION, Kan. — As early as next spring, 16 acres of dirt and weeds will finally be transformed into a multi-million dollar development project for the city of Mission, according to the developer. “I just want something out there. Put a park out there, something. We’ve been waiting for 10 years or so,” said Valerie Kohoutek. “It’s just been the big elephant in the living room. I also think the city doesn’t update us regularly. I’d like to see some […]

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    Dad holds ‘silent protest’ against bullying outside son’s school in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — On a cool, damp autumn morning and afternoon Fred Bass stood outside Center Place Restoration School near North River and West Waldo in Independence with a strong message. “I’m doing this because I want the school to be aware that the disciplinary action they took against the child who injured my son was not enough,” said an irate Bass. During what he called a silent protest, Bass held a sign outside his son’s school. It read: “Bullying and […]

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    Mother upset after school bus drops her son at wrong house

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — “My baby could be dead. My baby could’ve been touched.” With tears in her eyes, mother of two Jennifer France shutters just thinking about what could’ve happened to her 3-year-old son Gabriel Monday after the child left the Early Childhood Learning center in Kansas City, Kan. Jennifer said shortly before 1 p.m. Monday she stood at the bus stop and waited for Gabriel when she suddenly fell ill and had to rush back home to get […]

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    Family remembers slain KCK teen as a joker who was always smiling

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The sudden death of a KCK teen has left his family and friends stunned and heartbroken. Police said Monday that a shooting occurred around midnight Sunday near 6th Street and Stewart Avenue. One person was reportedly shot and taken to the hospital where he died early Monday morning. Police have not yet named the victim, but Telesha Bennett, a family friend, identified him as 16-year-old Hakim Ali. Bennett said Ali was her best friend’s son, and was like a nephew […]

  • Jaconn Griffin (left) and Tamara Griffin (right) are accused in a shoplifting incident where Jaconn allegedly hit an off-duty Raytown officer with their getaway vehicle.

    Pair charged in Raytown shoplifting incident where off-duty officer was struck by getaway car

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Raytown police were on edge Friday after an officer had a dangerous encounter at a Wal-Mart. Investigators say the off-duty officer was patrolling the store near 350 Highway and Gregory when suspected shoplifters hit him with the getaway car — and then led police on a brief chase. Many are glad their fellow officer is okay, and wasn`t seriously hurt, and now two suspects are facing charges. Jaconn E. Griffin is charged in Jackson County with assaulting […]

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    Family relieved to hear good news after 5-year-old boy was shot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One family is breathing a sigh of relief now that their little boy is resting comfortably in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. Paramedics rushed 5-year-old Joel Patayo to the hospital after to Children’s Mercy Tuesday around 7:30 p.m. in serious condition. Vicky Sanchez said the boy was struck in the rear and was grazed between his ribs and his hips. Family members worried all night long about his condition. They received some good news […]