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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
  • Fewer drunk driving arrests a sign that Kansas desperately needs more troopers

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol desperately needs more troopers to help cover more than 10,000 miles of roadway in the Sunflower State. They’re unable to recruit new troopers fast enough to replace retiring veterans and as a result, since 2008, the nubmer of troopers in Kansas has dropped 16 percent.  That leaves about 400 troopers responsible for more than 10,000 miles of highway. Low pay, reported morale problems and unpredictable, demanding hours are hurting the patrol’s recruiting efforts. […]

  • Humble hero thinks fast to help family escape house fire in Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Before the crack of dawn on Thursday, a cool-headed Lee’s Summit boy dashed out of bed and alerted his family to get out of their burning duplex. Camden Garcia’s cool, quick thinking proved to be lifesaving, and he recounted what happened to FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. Camden said he suddenly smelled smoke inside his family’s home and knew something wasn’t right.” “I could breathe it, and then I checked downstairs and there’s a fire,” he said. […]

  • Family pleads for justice, mourns loss of teen girl who was ‘beautiful, sweet inside and out’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A grief stricken family shared their pain after they say their 14-year-old loved one was murdered at a metro water park. Police say a passerby found Alexis Kane in a back area of The Bay Water Park in south Kansas City on Sunday. Kane was the oldest of five children and was also an eighth grader at Smith-Hale Middle School. Family has been left devastated by her murder. “She loved pictures, and if she touched anybody’s […]

  • Police believe 5 area smash-and-grab car break-ins linked

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police are looking for bold burglars who committed some fast smash and grabs to cars at several daycares in Overland Park. Police say bright and early Wednesday morning the burglars broke into a total of five cars at three different Overland Park daycares. Police say the crooks smashed out the windows of two locked cars at La Petite Academy near 150th Street and Newton. The vehicles belonged to two moms who had gone inside the daycare […]

  • Investigators say I-70 shooting not random as innocent victim recovers

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police are still looking for a gunman who shot at a moving car on Interstate 70 on Sunday night, injuring a seven-year-old girl and a male driver. Police say the shooting is not a random crime, and in the meantime, relatives say the innocent child remains at the hospital. The good news is that relatives say the little girl is expected to survive, which comes as a relief following the shooting that happened at about 6:30 Sunday night […]

  • Family identified 3-year-old Teriyah Davis as the girl who was accidentally shot in her house on Jan. 7 and provided this photo of her.

    Little girl shot inside KCMO home in middle of afternoon

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A three-year-old girl was shot in the stomach inside her home on the city’s east side on Wednesday and is now in the hospital. Police are still trying to pinpoint what exactly happened. The shooting happened at about 12:30 p.m. near Chestnut and East 38th Street. Police say paramedics rushed the girl to the hospital in critical condition. They say she was accidentally shot inside the house. Family says the little girl’s name is Ta’Riyah Davis. Family friend […]

  • Heartbroken mom pleads for arrest in drive-by shooting that killed her baby son

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A mom was wounded and her seven-month-old baby fatally struck in a drive-by shooting near North Early Street and Sanford. All night and day, police have been looking for the shooter who opened fire on the family just minutes after the mom and her children arrived home last night. Police say the shooter drove by and repeatedly shot at the house. When the gunfire stopped, innocent baby Jaquail Mansaw was taken to a hospital where he […]

  • Police identify 7-month-old baby who died following KCK drive-by shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A seven-month-old baby has died after being shot during a drive-by in KCK. The baby’s mother was also shot. On Monday morning the little boy, who police later identified as Jaquail Mansaw, was reported to be in critical condition, but later died from his injuries. The baby’s mother, 25-year-old Balethia Washington, has minor injuries. On Sunday night around 10:30, police were called to the shooting which took place in the 2700 block of North Early. Washington, who […]

  • Peter Hudson, 34, was accused of raping and stealing from a Grandview woman in late December of 2014.

    Man accused of raping, robbing 67-year-old woman in Grandview

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Neighbors are outraged and on edge after police say a man kicked in an older woman’s front door and raped her on Tuesday. Investigators say the home invasion and rape happened just a few blocks away from the Grandview Police Department. According to court papers, early on Tuesday morning a 67-year-old woman first saw a figure outside the window of her home at her apartment complex. Moments later she says the attacker, who police identified as 34-year-old […]

  • Family left numb by sudden loss of man killed outside his Overland Park home

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A New Year’s Eve homicide has left a family grieving and police searching for a killer. Police and the victim’s relatives want to know why someone shot and killed Steve Sawyer outside his home. Sawyer was murdered Wednesday morning near Kessler and West 83rd Terrace. Police were at the homicide scene all day. Fighting back tears, Walter Sawyer II told FOX 4 about the special bond he had with his oldest son. “In the last few […]

  • Family in high-spirits, thankful to be together after fire destroyed home

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Fire burned them out of their home, but despite their many losses a family is still giving thanks this Christmas Eve. It’s been three weeks since the Excelsior Springs family lost virtually everything in a house fire. “I hit it with a mini fire extinguisher and glass started popping and the big plumes of black smoke came at me,” Joe Clark said. On December 2, Clark sound asleep when his little good luck charm, his five-year-old […]

  • Volunteer firefighter feeling heat after being suspected of DUI in department vehicle

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Kan. — An Ottawa area volunteer firefighter is now off the job and in the hot seat. A 24-year-old woman was a volunteer firefighter until she was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the woman took a vehicle from the Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison Fire Department last Saturday night and went on a joyride. Right now, it’s not known exactly how long she was gone, but investigators say when sheriff’s deputies pulled over […]