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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
  • TeenPleadsGuilty

    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 […]

  • Olathe Craigslist robbery victim: “I begged him not to kill me”

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe man thought he was getting a great deal buying an iPad on Craigslist, but  instead when he met the seller in person, the buyer says he was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint. Abraham ‘Abe’ Jiregna says Thursday night he first met a guy here at a Kansas City gas station to buy an iPad he saw for sale on Craigslist, but within moments Jiregna says he had a gun pointed at him. “I just had […]

  • Cemetery owner resists historian’s notion that graves are in poor condition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Independence historian has growing cemetery concerns. She says several graves at Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City are in deplorable conditions. Brandy Kiel is a genealogist and a historian. She said Sunday afternoon she was working on a research project at the cemetery when several gravesites instantly disturbed her. “It’s horrible. Nobody’s family should have a grave like this, period,” she said. Kiel walked around the 90-year-old cemetery and said she saw six graves […]

  • Good Samaritans stumble upon two-year-old wandering alone in Independence street

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A child was found wandering alone on a street near I-70 and South Noland Rd. late Friday morning and authorities found his parents about an hour and a half later. He was reportedly in the care of a sitter and somehow got out of the residence. The little boy was spotted in the roadway on Osage Street at about 10:45 a.m. Friday. A woman FOX 4 spoke to, who saw the little boy, said he was being […]

  • Se'Asia

    New details emerge in Grandview arson that killed woman, 14-month-old girl

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police have released court documents that provide a Grandview man’s account of the deadly fire that killed 37-year-old Anika Hobley and 14-month-old Se’Asia Elijah, who was unrelated to Hobley. Police and firefighters were called to the home, located in the 12000 block of Belmont Avenue, around 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 29. When they arrived, they discovered Se’Asia’s father, 33-year-old Stephen Elijah, outside, naked. He had severe burns to his back and arms. Firefighters observed 14-month-old Se’Asia on […]

  • baby

    Baby dies from injuries sustained in television fall

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 8-month-old boy succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, one day after a television fell on him. Police were called to a home in the 6700 block of South Benton in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday after someone reported the incident. The child was transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital in critical condition. He later died. Sgt. Karri Thompson said two men, 25 and 30 years old, and a 45-year-old woman were inside the home at the […]

  • Westport Sarpino's

    Three robbers storm into Westport pizzeria, rob at gunpoint

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are looking for a gunman and two accomplices who robbed Sarpino’s Pizzeria in Westport early Tuesday morning. About an hour after the restaurant closed, at about 3:00 a.m. while employees were closing up the store and counting daily receipts, the suspects entered through the still unlocked front door. “It’s typically protocol for us to have the front door locked at that time of night and for some reason, though, it slipped their mind,” said Andrew […]

  • KC boy recounts crash with postal truck that killed his 13-year-old best friend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends and family of a 13-year-old boy who died Saturday morning when a U.S. Post Service Mack tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was riding in held a candlelight vigil Monday night in his honor. Kenta Summers dreamed of becoming a pro-football player.  He was headed to a football game at Ruskin High School when the truck crashed into the car at about 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of 18th and Benton in Kansas City, Mo. […]

  • From left to right: Keegan Curtis, Kenny Bowman, Edmond Lynch. All three are charged in the murder of a Belton man. (Photos: Cass County Sheriff's Office)

    Cass County sheriff announces arrests of three men in Belton man’s murder

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — On Friday three men were charged in a Belton man’s murder. Court documents describe that two of the men believed the victim had spoiled their plan to rob a drug house in Belton by tipping off the house’s residents, and one of them shot the victim in the back of the head in a cornfield near State Line Road in rural Cass County. The victim has been identified as Miles Cashell, 19, who was reported missing on September […]