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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
  • Mother shocked daughter was able to leave school and walk home alone

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Hickman Mills mother is wondering how her 10-year-old daughter could just walk out of school and head home. Tanya Warren says since the beginning of the school year her daughter has been bullied by other students. Warren says the verbal and physical abuse occurred on her daughter’s school bus and at Santa Fe Elementary School. Thursday afternoon the 10-year-old told her parents she got tired of kids taunting her, so the fifth grader walked right […]

  • Man robbed at gunpoint of his World Series tickets outside Kauffman

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man hoping to sell his World Series tickets and buy his girlfriend an engagement ring  was robbed and assaulted Monday right outside Kauffman Stadium. At about 2 p.m. Monday, Jake Stewart, 36, from Overland Park, met a man outside the K, who claimed he wanted to buy the World Series tickets that Stewart had listed on Craigslist. The man said he didn’t bring cash, but would run to the bank and get the money. “He […]

  • 15-year-old driver flees police, chase ends in fiery crashes

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — It was just after one Tuesday morning when police say a wild car crash disturbed the peace in a Blue Springs subdivision. “I heard a loud boom, ran outside and just started recording the fiery crash with my cellphone,” said neighbor Joe Wochner. Investigators say a 15-year-old boy in a white Volkswagen first ran a stop sign near Northwest Kingsridge Drive and Northwest Ashton Drive, and when he refused to stop for an officer, police say […]

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    Bonner Springs teen sentenced to more than 5 years in juvenile corrections for killing father

    OLATHE, Kan. — A Bonner Springs teenager who shot and killed his father in July of 2013 was sentenced to 64 months in a juvenile jail on Monday. The boy was 14 when he shot his dad 16 times outside a Shawnee auction house in July of 2013. The teenager’s mother and stepfather were handing him over to his father during a custody exchange. Police say as he approached his father’s car, he pulled out a handgun and fatally shot 46-year-old […]

  • Local mom wards off intruder using unusual items as weapons

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One brave woman took matters into her own hands when an intruder attempted to make his way into her home. Gloria Buchanan, 50, is partially deaf and disabled, but given the morning she had on Friday you wouldn’t know it. “I really didn’t have time to be scared. I just couldn’t believe he was creeping around outside and the got inside my home,” said a stunned Buchanan about a bold burglar, who she wasted no time […]

  • Mother furious after school bus stop mishap

    RICHMOND, Mo. — A Richmond, Missouri mother says she put her six-year-old daughter on the school bus Wednesday morning, but by late that afternoon, Saralissa Hall says she got the scare of her life. “I was really, really afraid. I didn’t know if she had been kidnapped, went inside somebody’s house, I just didn’t know where she was, ” Hall told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend, who picks up the story that you can watch right now.

  • UCM students on alert after reported assault of female student

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A number of female students at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg are closely watching their backs after a fellow student told police two men grabbed her outside a residence hall. The female student says she was outside near South Todd Hall, a co-ed dorm, around 6:30 Tuesday night when the two guys she’d never seen before grabbed her arm and then attempted to raise her shirt. Police say when the victim screamed, the men ran […]

  • Olathe Craigslist robbery victim: “I begged him not to kill me”

    OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe man thought he was getting a great deal buying an iPad on Craigslist, but  instead when he met the seller in person, the buyer says he was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint. Abraham ‘Abe’ Jiregna says Thursday night he first met a guy here at a Kansas City gas station to buy an iPad he saw for sale on Craigslist, but within moments Jiregna says he had a gun pointed at him. “I just had […]

  • Cemetery owner resists historian’s notion that graves are in poor condition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Independence historian has growing cemetery concerns. She says several graves at Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City are in deplorable conditions. Brandy Kiel is a genealogist and a historian. She said Sunday afternoon she was working on a research project at the cemetery when several gravesites instantly disturbed her. “It’s horrible. Nobody’s family should have a grave like this, period,” she said. Kiel walked around the 90-year-old cemetery and said she saw six graves […]

  • Good Samaritans stumble upon two-year-old wandering alone in Independence street

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A child was found wandering alone on a street near I-70 and South Noland Rd. late Friday morning and authorities found his parents about an hour and a half later. He was reportedly in the care of a sitter and somehow got out of the residence. The little boy was spotted in the roadway on Osage Street at about 10:45 a.m. Friday. A woman FOX 4 spoke to, who saw the little boy, said he was being […]

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    New details emerge in Grandview arson that killed woman, 14-month-old girl

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police have released court documents that provide a Grandview man’s account of the deadly fire that killed 37-year-old Anika Hobley and 14-month-old Se’Asia Elijah, who was unrelated to Hobley. Police and firefighters were called to the home, located in the 12000 block of Belmont Avenue, around 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 29. When they arrived, they discovered Se’Asia’s father, 33-year-old Stephen Elijah, outside, naked. He had severe burns to his back and arms. Firefighters observed 14-month-old Se’Asia on […]

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    Baby dies from injuries sustained in television fall

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 8-month-old boy succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, one day after a television fell on him. Police were called to a home in the 6700 block of South Benton in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday after someone reported the incident. The child was transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital in critical condition. He later died. Sgt. Karri Thompson said two men, 25 and 30 years old, and a 45-year-old woman were inside the home at the […]