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
  • Tyler Harter, now home and recovering

    Independence boy hit by car Halloween night finally out of hospital one day before Thanksgiving

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence teen and his family are giving thanks a day before Thanksgiving, because Tyler Harter, 13, who was hit by a car on Halloween night was at last able to leave the hospital on Wednesday. On Halloween night, Tyler and a friend were trick-or-treating near Highway 24 and Bay Ave., not far from Tyler’s neighborhood, when Tyler darted out into the street and got hit by the car. He doesn’t remember it because he immediately blacked out, […]

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    Hundreds turn out for Gladstone tree lighting

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — Hundreds of people turned out for the Gladstone tree lighting Tuesday night. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend asked a couple of the local kids what they were most excited about this holiday season, and they are too cute.

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    Community grieving sudden loss of Excelsior Springs woman fatally shot during business trip

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Police in Ridgeland, Mississippi say a college student shot and killed an Excelsior Springs woman as she was walking to her hotel. Authorities say Kristy Mitchell was returning from dinner at a nearby restaurant when a man drove up, rolled down his window and opened fire. The same suspect, Zehulum Lael James, is now charged in a separate deadly shooting that happened just an hour earlier in Jackson, Mississippi. Mitchell’s sudden death has hit the Excelsior Springs community hard. “She was […]

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    KCMO, KCK pass ordinances that raise smoking age from 18 to 21

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bad news for teenage smokers as city council members and commissioners in both Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas voted to raise the legal smoking age. Kansas City Council and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County both voted to raise the legal age for buying tobacco to 21 from 18. KC Council’s vote went 11-1; the Unified Government’s was 6-1. “I’m happy I think this is a really big win for Kansas City and a big win for […]

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    Family of woman killed in collision with KCPD cars has doubts about crash details

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 is learning new details about a woman killed in a two-car crash involving a Kansas City police vehicle. Investigators say two officers were travelling south on The Paseo near East 83rd when a woman driving eastbound pulled in front of them. “I was just with her at the grocery store, buying Thanksgiving dinner and preparing for the holiday next week. My God I just can’t believe what’s happened to my daughter,” said a sobbing Jamesetta Weaver. […]

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    Kansas City father shot to death mourned on his birthday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. We miss you Jacque,” shouted dozens of family members on a dark, cold Monday evening near the corner of East 57th and Oak Street in Kansas City. Amid the many sobbing, crying, visibly heartbroken mourners, was a five-year-old boy who wore a T-shirt with several pictures of his father, Jacque Dawkins. Dawkins, who would’ve celebrated his birthday on Monday, was found shot to death over the weekend. “That’s […]

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    Sudden, tragic loss of toddler saddens family friends, church congregation

    PAOLA, Kan. — A Shawnee man is now charged in a three-car crash that killed a 17-month-old girl. On Monday prosecutors filed charges against Boyd Chism with two counts of aggravated battery, which caused bodily harm, and involuntary manslaughter. Seventeen-month-old Addilynn Poole died after the weekend wreck near W. 175th and Pflumm in Overland Park. The sudden and tragic loss of Addilynn has rocked the congregation at Cross Point Assembly of God in Paola. “She is just so smiling and […]

  • Threat

    19-year-old Blue Springs man charged with making terrorist threats on Northwest Missouri State University campus

    NODAWAY COUNTY, Mo. — A Blue Springs man was charged Thursday in connection to making terrorist threats on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. 19-year-old Connor Stottlemyre has been charged with one count of making terrorist threats with reckless disregard, a felony. He was also charged with one count of making terrorist threats with criminal neglect, a misdemeanor. Stottlemyre is accused of posting the threats to a social media app known as YIK YAK near Northwest Missouri State University’s campus. According to the probable cause […]

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    Man accused of using video recorder to look under skirts of female co-workers

    LENEXA, Kan. — A Lenexa man is accused of videotaping female co-workers while at work, and had his own picture taken on Tuesday, but it was a mug shot. The alleged camera-tucking crime has cost Nicholas Johnson his job, and landed him in jail. Police say in one day, the suspect hid a tiny video recorder on his body, and looked under the skirts of two female co-workers. The outside of Trinity Consultants in Lenexa looks pretty peaceful and unassuming, […]

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    Man suspected of child abuse after 1-year-old boy suffers significant injuries during play date

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A one-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was critically hurt during a play date, and a 30-year-old man is suspected of abuse. Prosecutors have charged John Sherman with abuse or neglect of a one-year-old boy. According to a probable cause statement, on Halloween night the child`s mom said she took her son to his dad`s house. Two days later, when the toddler`s father returned the child to his mom, the mom says her son […]

  • Police are investigating after one person was shot to death in the 7400 block of Lydia Wednesday.

    22-year-old man found dead after shooting in 7400 block of Lydia

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Mo., police are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday. Police say the homicide is the result of a shooting in the 7400 block of Lydia. Officer were called to the scene just after 10 a.m. When homicide detectives arrived they found one person dead. FOX 4 has since learned the victim is 22-year-old Frank Robert Beasley. Police have not yet released any information about the suspect other than it is a man who is possibly […]

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    KCPS’ ‘master plan’ doesn’t make the grade with some parents

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More parents are sounding off about Kansas City Public Schools ‘master plan’ on Thursday. The district is proposing sweeping changes that could reshape boundaries and close three schools. Robert Kearney has three children who attend Crispus Attucks Elementary School in Kansas City. Kearney gives the school district`s proposed plan a failing grade, because he says it will mean closing Attucks, a school his kids love. “I don`t like the proposal. They just remodeled this school not […]