Robert Townsend


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

  • Neighbor hailed a hero after rescuing toddlers from burning apartment

    Posted on: 7:32 pm, April 16, 2014, by

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Neighbors at one Independence apartment complex are calling 50-year-old Michael Thomas a “hero.” FOX 4′s Robert Townsend talked to...
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  • Father remembers 8-year-old daughter killed in car crash

    Posted on: 7:45 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — After losing his 8-year-old daughter, Jasmine Rodriquez, in a car crash Wednesday, April 9, Jose Rodriguez...
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  • Town residents recoil after learning Frazier Cross Jr. is hate crime suspect

    Posted on: 7:33 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    AURORA, Mo. – Monday morning police confirmed that 73-year-old Frazier Cross Jr. is the man they arrested in connection to...
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  • Warrensburg community saddened by suicide of 18-year-old student

    Posted on: 8:45 am, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 05:41pm, April 11, 2014

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Police identified the Warrensburg High School senior who took his own life Friday morning as Kyle Wittrock,...
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    Kyle Wittrock
  • Mother who left 3-year-old son home alone admits to police “he’s a handful”

    Posted on: 7:40 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 07:42pm, April 8, 2014

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe, Mo., police say 33-year-old Sydney Harrison admitted she left her three-year-old son home by himself Monday...
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    Sydney Harrison
  • Parents upset with plea deal for driver in school bus crash

    Posted on: 9:07 pm, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 09:54pm, April 7, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fourteen months after Kansas City police say Toryne Sanders sped through the intersection of East 67th...
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  • Neighbors worry about 78-year-old suspect

    Posted on: 10:23 pm, April 4, 2014, by

    FERRELVIEW, Mo. — Some neighbors at a mobile home park in Ferrelview are worried about their elderly neighbor, who is...
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  • State Farm offers drive-thru hail damage repair to policy holders

    Posted on: 9:20 pm, April 3, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An insurance company is making it easy for people dealing with hail damage. State Farm Insurance...
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  • Girlfriend, father, ask for prayers for man who survived horrific semi crash into Kansas toll booth

    Posted on: 4:38 pm, April 2, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:59pm, April 2, 2014

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol continued on Wednesday to investigate Saturday’s deadly accident that killed the driver of a...
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  • UCM students on alert after student reports being assaulted on campus

    Posted on: 6:17 pm, April 1, 2014, by

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — For the last two days students at the University of Central Missouri have had many safety concerns....
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  • UCM community riding high and celebrating school’s NCAA championship

    Posted on: 8:13 pm, March 31, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:01pm, March 31, 2014

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — It was a spectacular win for the University of Central Missouri Mules on Saturday. The Mules stomped...
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  • Commissioner recommends that toddler found wandering stays in state custody

    Posted on: 7:34 pm, March 28, 2014, by , updated on: 07:36pm, March 28, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Friday the two-year-old at the center of a high-profile case appeared in court with his...
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