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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
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    Violent man remains on the loose, suspected of murdering mother and son in Clinton, Mo

    CLINTON, Mo. — A 46-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son were murdered overnight in Clinton, Mo., and police continued Thursday to search for the suspect, identified as James Horn, 47, of Sedalia. Police believe he murdered Sandra Kay Sutton, 46, and her son Zachary, 17. They were found shot to death by family members early Thursday at about 4:20 a.m.  Sutton is the same woman who in April escaped from captivity in Sedalia, where she said Horn was holding her captive […]

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    Atlanta woman says her car was given to someone else after checking it in to Isle of Capri Casino valet

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 29-year-old woman from Atlanta, in Kansas City for her grandmother’s funeral on Sunday, had her car stolen after she dropped it off with the valet at Isle of Capri Casino, she says. “It’s completely unbelievable,” said Ta’Quela Blaylock.  “I was highly upset.” During her trip to Kansas City for the funeral, Blaylock says she got together with her cousin and her aunt. They went to Isle of Capri Casino, where they played slots for about […]

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    Two young men pull gun on woman, point at her face to take her car in South KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 22-year-old woman knows she could have lost her life over the weekend when two men threatened her with a gun and stole her car from the View High Lake Apartment Complex in South Kansas City. The woman, Leah Shaw, says she always parks her car in the same general location in the parking lot near 97th Terrace and Willow, where she lives. She arrived home after work and parked her car and was heading toward […]

  • Johnson County man accused of exposing himself to several strangers in public

    OLATHE, Kan. — A man is charged with committing lewd acts in Johnson County. Matthew Winter is accused of exposing himself to several strangers, including a police officer, and is charged with seven counts of lewd/lascivious behavior. According to court documents, prosecutors say Winter exposed himself twice in January, once in February, three times in April, and this past Sunday. He’s accused of exposing himself to strangers in public in the presence of someone who wasn’t his wife. Court papers […]

  • Tiny kitten slowly recovering from atrocious abuse and torture

    RIVERSIDE, Mo. — Veterinarians at a Northland animal clinic call the torture of a kitten on of the worst cases of animal cruelty they’ve seen, saying that the kitten was shot, burned and kicked. “She was clearly tortured and left for dead, ” said Roger Bowles about the tiny, brown kitten he found last month bleeding, under weight and whimpering in his backyard in Gladstone. “She was helpless. It looked like she had been kicked in her rib, burned and I had […]

  • Driver fleeing from gunfire crashes, leaving 1 dead, 3 injured

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A young woman is dead, and three others who were passengers in a car she was driving are now critically injured. It’s after police say the driver may have been fleeing gunfire before she crashed her car near North 27th and Wood Avenue. Police were at the scene for an extensive amount of time on Friday afternoon where the woman crashed her car in a yard. Neighbors say around 12:30 p.m., they first heard screeching tires […]

  • Suspected Price Chopper thief hides from police in storm drain

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say a man went inside a Price Chopper on Wednesday morning, stole several items and then ran across the street and hid in a storm drain. “It was pretty crazy. I just saw a lot of police activity right off I-29. Cops everywhere, ” said Brian Champion,  who stepped outside the supermarket on Vivion Road in the Northland Wednesday morning just after it happened. “Yeah in one minute I just saw cops coming around our parking […]

  • Two wild buffalo wander onto Kansas highway, are hit and killed by truck

    TONGANOXIE, Kan. — Two buffalo wandered onto a rural Kansas highway on Monday and were struck and killed by a truck, and now those two deaths have neighbors even more concerned about the safety of the wild buffalo herd there. The two buffalo had been contained in a pasture that residents say has been abandoned. For decades, neighbors have enjoyed seeing the animals roam in the pasture along 24-40 Highway. Then, on Monday, an out-of-town trucker, heading eastbound on the […]

  • Grand jury indicts former metro karate instructor for multiple child pornography charges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former area karate instructor faces a long list of child pornography charges, and the victim is a former student. Jered Faulkner, 36, is a Raytown man now facing four federal child porn charges following a grand jury’s indictment last week. He’s been charged with attempted production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography over the Internet, receipt of child pornography over the Internet, and possession of child pornography. According to court documents, Faulkner is accused of possessing […]

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    Sedalia police search for suspect accused of holding woman captive in box since January

    SEDALIA, Mo. — Sedalia police announced Friday morning that they are investigating reports that a woman was held captive and routinely placed in a wooden box since January. The woman was able to escape her home in the 800th Block of E. 15th St. Thursday night and run to a neighbor’s house to call 911, according to police. The woman told police that the  suspect was holding her captive and would place her in a wooden box when he went to work. Police said […]

  • Gun burglary victim says suspected young thieves were unrepentant until he threatened to file charges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shortly before five on Wednesday afternoon Michael Lawrence said two boys, who live behind him at Shadow Creek Apartments in south Kansas City, committed an unthinkable crime. “I was at work and police called me with unbelievable news. It was unfathomable to be honest. I mean when I was growing up we didn’t do that,” said Lawrence. Police say the boys, ages eight and nine, stole his .38-caliber revolver from a nightstand drawer by his bed. […]

  • Fire started as workers cut up car at Liberty salvage yard

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Workers were cutting up a car at the Liberty U-Pull salvage yard when somehow, the process started a fire and sent them running for safety Wednesday afternoon. The large fire shut down northbound 291 Highway at  210 Highway for a time on Wednesday afternoon.  It took about two hours for firefighters to bring the fire under control, but they continued to pour water on the hot spots hoping to prevent it from starting again. Eight employees were on […]