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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
  • KCMO firefighter accused of hitting, choking woman, charged with domestic assault

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A firefighter is in jail Thursday night and under investigation over allegations that he assaulted a woman he once dated outside a Kansas City North fire station. Anthony Polito, 33, has been charged in Clay County with second-degree domestic assault, a class C felony. Witnesses say police arrested Polito at the firehouse where he worked and took him away in handcuffs. According to the police report, just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a 30-year-old woman told detectives she went […]

  • Tom Santamaria

    ‘I guess I won’ KC husband reportedly said to friend during arrest for wife’s murder

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Clay County prosecutors charged a Kansas City husband with the murder of his wife, whose body was found in the bedroom of their Northland home near NE 56th Place and North Drury on Tuesday morning. Thomas Santamaria, Jr., 42, is charged with murder in the first degree, punishable by either death or life in prison. Santamaria appeared before a judge Wednesday afternoon, who appointed him a public defender and set his bond at one million dollars. […]

  • 50-year-old Yuvett Santamaria was found dead in her Northland home on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

    Husband in police custody as officers investigate wife’s death in Northland home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating the death of a woman found inside her Northland home near NE 56th Place and North Drury on Tuesday morning, and officers are questioning her husband. Police say just after 8 a.m., they went to a two-story house to check out a domestic violence situation. James Crawford rushed to the scene and learned his friend, 50-year-old Yuvett Santamaria, was found dead on a floor in a downstairs bedroom. Crawford said cops then brought […]

  • 57Park

    Man seriously injured in drive-by shooting on KC’s east side

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are at the scene of a shooting on the city’s east side near 57th and Park on Monday afternoon. Neighbors say shortly before 4 p.m., a man was standing on Park Avenue by a gold SUV when a gunman drove by, fired at least eight gunshots and sped away in a white vehicle. Neighbors say apparent friends of the victim drove the man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police are still looking for […]

  • Jury finds Sarah Gonzales McLinn guilty in murder of Lawrence man

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Douglas County jury found a 20-year-old Lawrence woman guilty of murdering her roommate on Friday afternoon. Jurors deliberated for more than four hours before convicting Sarah Gonzales McLinn of first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence businessman Harold “Hal” Sasko. McLinn’s lawyers tried to use insanity as a defense for her violent act against 52-year-old Sasko, but were unsuccessful. Sasko was a businessman who owned a CiCi’s Pizza restaurant in Lawrence and two others in Topeka. He was killed Jan. 14, 2014. […]

  • Cameron Stout and his mom

    Mother of Mo. man charged with threatening Pres. says he was just drunk & ‘blowing smoke’

    STOVER, Mo. — Cameron Stout, 24, from Stover, Mo., is facing a federal charge for allegedly threatening and plotting to shoot the President. On Tuesday, he was charged in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City with making threats to the President . On Thursday, his mother, who lives in Douglas County, Kan., spoke to FOX 4’s Robert Townsend about the accusations against her son. She believes he was set up. She says she visited her son in jail, and he […]

  • Driver recalls maintaining his composure during KCATA bus shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — What started as a routine bus stop in December ended with bullets flying and passengers diving for their lives. The young driver exclusively recounted the frightening ordeal to FOX 4’s Robert Townsend on Wednesday. On the night of December 30, David Grace was driving his KCATA bus in Kansas City when the ride suddenly took a wild and frightening turn. “And I’m en route to 39th and Chestnut and I see a male with a hoodie on […]

  • Two in hospital with life-threatening injuries following two unrelated KCMO standoffs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people have life-threatening injuries following two unrelated standoffs that happened about a block apart on Monday afternoon. The first was at 41st and Troost and the second was around 42nd and Forest. The first standoff started when police say they were checking on someone who lived near 41st and Troost. FOX 4 was told the man inside was wanted for questioning in a shooting that happened over the weekend. After several hours, that man surrendered, […]

  • Colton and Corey

    Young man killed on painting job was new father, popular Weston cigar store owner

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many in Weston, Mo., are feeling the loss of a young man who made friends and built a good business with his father among the quaint, unique shops that Weston is known for. Colton Frisbee, 23, died Thursday morning in a tragic accident in the 8800 block of Northeast Parvin Road, where he was on a painting job at Inland Parts and Services. He was standing on a scissor lift when the lift and scaffolding began to fall. Colton jumped off, […]

  • Dynamic duo rescues dog stuck in cave

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Two Independence Animal Control officers pull off a risky rescue and carefully coax a lost canine from a cave. It’s a wonder how a shepherd mix, named Lucious, wandered away from home and ended up about 35 feet high, trapped in a cave along an cliff in Independence. “He didn’t want to come out at all. He was scared. He was wining, yelping,” said Animal Control Officer Jim Holtcamp, who helped rescued the dog. Last Friday, Lucious […]

  • KC 4th-grader claims substitute teacher inappropriately touched her

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  A mother is outraged after receiving a call from a counselor at her daughter’s school reporting an incident involving her daughter and a substitute teacher. Fallon Rodgers said her 9-year-old daughter, who is in fourth-grader at Troost Elementary, told her a male substitute teacher inappropriately touched her while she was in her gym class. “He tried to touch my back and then he kept on going down.” Rodgers’ daughter, who wished to not be named, said. The […]

  • Two mobile homes destroyed and third damaged in fire.

    Two homes destroyed, third damaged in fire

    CLAYCOMO, Mo. — Two homes were destroyed and a third was damaged after a fire Monday afternoon. The fire began in a mobile home in Northgate Mobile Estates just after 1 p.m.  according to fire chief Ron Stewart. Fire crews said the fire stated in one trailer and spread to others. Missy Tapp, who lived in the second home said she was in her kitchen when the kitchen curtains caught on fire. Tapp said she tried to put out the fire […]