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
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    Sentenced: KCK man who left little cousin in hot car, forcing urgent rescue by bystanders

    OLATHE, Kan. — “I feel really lucky today,” said Marques Anderson, 23, who left  the Johnson County courthouse in Olathe on Wednesday knowing he could have faced jail time. The Kansas City, Kan. man charged with child endangerment in July 2015 received a sentence of one year of probation on Wednesday. Marques Anderson was charged, along with his sister Mylesha, 24, with felony aggravated child endangerment for leaving their 2-year-old cousin inside her parked car on a hot July day in Merriam, […]

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    Harry Stone’s widow profoundly grateful that suspect has been arrested in 2012 murder

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Nearly four years after his murder, a metro family is relieved to hear a man is now arrested and charged in connection to the fatal shooting of Harry Stone. On Tuesday a heartbroken Bobbie Stone breathed a big sigh of relief that her husband’s suspected killer is finally in custody. “This is what we sought from the very beginning. On the morning of May 13, 2012, I kissed him goodbye as he left for his run for […]

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    Stranger comes to mail carrier’s aid during attempted robbery in KC neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Court documents reveal a Kansas City mail carrier`s frightening brush with an attempted robber. The local mail carrier said she got the scare of her near Gillis and Pacific in the Columbus Park neighborhood. Elisa Sanchez told police last Wednesday afternoon she was getting mail out of her marked van when within moments, Sanchez said a man reached from behind her, grabbed her coat sleeve, and calmly ordered her to shut the vehicle’s door and give […]

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    Suspects in custody after armed robbery, police chase

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Suspects are in custody after police say they committed an armed robbery and led police on a vehicular pursuit on Tuesday afternoon. Police said five white males entered at a McDonald’s at 39th Street and Bolger Road in Independence revealed guns there.  They then went to the Discount Smokes and Liquor store on East Truman Road and assaulted and robbed a man in the parking lot, according to police. The suspects fled the scene in a white Cadillac. Independence police located the vehicle […]

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    Son left fuming following KC home invasion where intruder robbed his disabled mom

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a Monday morning home invasion that happened at the Willow Creek Trailer Home Park. Bobbie Schmidt was inside her home alone, when her son says that an intruder gave her the scare of her life. “Man, I got a call saying get over here fast something happened to your mom. I was scared, thinking only the worst and rushed over here,” said a frustrated Jeremy Box. In a FOX 4 exclusive, Jeremy says around […]

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    KU fans looking for big win over Kentucky

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — “We’re very, very excited about it, been looking forward to it all year,” University of Kansas student Walter Cayce said. “It will be the Jayhawks all the way. It’s our year,” an ecstatic Sydney Castillo said about “her boys in crimson blue and white.” ESPN College GameDay fever has been running high for days now on the KU campus in Lawrence and today basketball-bitten fans, of all ages, finally filed into Allen Fieldhouse for the long-awaited showdown […]

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    Former Kearney teacher sentenced to 9 years in prison for having sex with student

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A judge sentenced a former Kearney teacher to nine years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after he admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old student. Rhett Rigby, 28, received consecutive sentences of five years for second degree statutory rape, and four years for sexual contact with a student by a teacher. Rigby was an Algebra teacher at Kearney Junior High School and admitted to having sex with the teenage girl inside a classroom on two occasions. They also […]

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    KCK family left homeless following fire that investigators deem an arson

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — “It’s just been so traumatizing for me and my children. We had all of our stuff including flat screen TVs, electronics and even $400 worth of food all stolen from us, and then hours later I get a phone call that my house is on fire,” a frustrated Angel McDowell said. McDowell says on January 15, somebody kicked in the side door of her home and once inside, stole anything she considered valuable. “My kids and I […]

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    Riverside Fire Marshal warns to be aware of two impersonators

    RIVERSIDE, Mo. — Investigators say around six on Thursday night two guys dressed in black suits walked up to a woman’s house in Riverside and claimed to be “contract employees” with the Riverside Fire Department, but both men were imposters. The strangers told the woman, who was home alone, that they were checking homes for compliance with a new fire code that requires smoke detectors. The woman, a neighbor says who is in her 20’s, believed the impersonators and let […]

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    Thieves steal KC man’s vintage car while he was fighting for his life in hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bold thief was caught on video stealing a Kansas City man`s vintage car from outside his south side home. What’s more is that police say the crime happened while the elderly man was dying in the hospital. The vintage car heist lasted less than a minute, but 85-year-old Billy Jester’s sister is still seething in anger. Jester’s love for the cars started several decades ago. “He always had at least four or five of them […]

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    Family grateful girl survived accidental shooting; grandmother makes first court appearance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOX 4 learned new details about an accidental shooting that left a 5-year-old girl injured, and her grandmother charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The girl suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh, and is now recovering at home according to her uncle. “I wish y`all could see her. She`s a sweetheart,” said Michael Barnett. Two days after his niece was accidentally shot inside their south Kansas City home, Barnett is still breathing a […]

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    Family in disbelief that adopted son is accused of fatally shooting his dad

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Employees at a Lee’s Summit Burger King say a father and son`s heated fight started inside the restaurant and ended outside with gunshots. The shooting happened Friday night when police say Shaquil J. Roland fired at least 10 shots, killing his adoptive father, Tony Dennis. Nickie Dennis said that on Friday night she and her nephew, 33-year-old Tony Dennis of Kansas City, talked briefly on the phone. She had no idea that it would be their last […]