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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
  • Police and neighbors on watch after attempted abduction in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park girl told police that on Monday in broad daylight, a man tried to grab her from right outside her home. The attempted abduction happened near Melrose and 87th Street. Extra police officers are now patrolling the neighborhood, and they’re looking for the man who tried to abduct a nine-year-old from her family’s driveway. The girl told her parents and police just before noon Monday she was outside in her driveway on Melrose Street, […]

  • In KCK, robbers force gun into victims’ mouths, point them at their heads to steal electronics, money

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Three suspects are in custody, accused of robbing and terrorizing two roommates in Kansas City, Kan., early  Monday near 34th & Everett. In an exclusive interview with FOX 4’s Robert Townsend, the two victims; including a  man on dialysis and the other, his roommate, described what happened as the “scariest thing” they’ve  ever been through. The two roommates were inside their home when the doorbell rang at about 1:30 a.m. “I look out and I saw a familiar face, so […]

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    Popular local artist tragically dies on hiking trip

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — David Goodrich, a well-known local painter, died tragically on a hiking trail in Utah. Other hikers estimate Goodrich died sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Goodrich had reportedly been hiking for hours on Tuesday, and stopped other hikers along the way asking for food and water. His dog, Sophia, who went along with him on vacation, survived the trip. The 52-year-old was known in Kansas City for his large paintings, especially portraits of people he […]

  • Many tears and questions from Kearney wife whose husband died working on a bridge project

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal investigators returned to the scene of a fatal accident near Independence Ave. and Cambridge St.,  where an electrician, who was also a husband and father, died on Monday. David Craven, 53, fell off a bridge at that location. His wife of more than 25 years, Linda Craven, said David was on his way home when he decided to stop and check on one of his co-workers who was working on a bridge project in Northeast Kansas […]

  • 19-year-old gunned down in Gladstone identified

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — Police have identified the man shot and killed in Gladstone, Mo., as 19-year-old Marc A. Bogart. Police said Bogart is Gladstone’s first homicide of the year. Bogart was found shot in the back seat of a red SUV near Northeast 70th and North Indiana at the Bluffs Apartment Complex Monday, July 21. “This looks like a really safe and quiet place to live,” said Matlin Eubanks, who lives nearby. But Monday night the Gladstone apartment complex was […]

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    KBI special agent: No evidence indicates little girl was struck by police gunfire

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Agents from both the Leavenworth Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation gave information regarding the alleged abduction and shooting death of a five-year-old Atchison girl during two different press conferences Saturday. The Chief of Police for the Leavenworth Police Department, Chief Patrick Kitchens, revealed Saturday morning in a news conference that five-year-old Cadence Harris was the child who was killed Friday night after she was allegedly kidnapped and shot when her alleged kidnapper fled from police and exchanged gunfire […]

  • Parents of Craigslist shooting victim quickly drive into town to see him, relieved to find him alive

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While police continue their investigation into the Craigslist car sale that ended in gunfire Wednesday outside an apartment complex just south of Swope Park, the family of the man shot is grateful he will survive. The victims are a 53-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife. They were shot and robbed while trying to buy a car they saw on Craigslist. The couple from Liberty and their 16-year-old son met a guy at an apartment on East […]

  • Four taken into custody in connection with Craigslist shooting, robbery

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Four people were taken into custody in connection with a Craigslist car sale that ended in gunfire Wednesday outside an apartment complex just south of Swope Park, according to Kansas City Missouri Police Captain Tye Grant. Their names have not been released pending charges. Authorities want to know if a similar Craigslist-related crime that happened hours before a couple was shot involves the same suspects. Police say the victims are lucky. They were shot and robbed […]

  • DCF terminates contract with Pandarama Daycare, leaving owners and parents scrambling

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The owners of a Kansas City, Kansas daycare say the state delivered a powerful punch to their business, and now they worry about their future. The Pandarama Daycare has been in the heart of downtown KCK for almost four decades. The owners are now battling the Kansas Department for Children and Families to keep their business going. They say they will lose their DCF contract next week, which is a major blow to their business. Thirty-seven […]

  • People gather to honor civil rights leader Leon Jordan, want to see his legacy furthered

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A special tribute to a former Kansas City police lieutenant, who was also a highly-respected political and civil rights pioneer, took place Tuesday night. Long-time admirers, friends and community leaders gathered to celebrate the legacy of Leon Jordan. Forty-four years ago on this date Jordan was shot to death outside the Green Duck Lounge and Grill on Prospect. Just across the street is the site where the Kansas City Police Department’s new East Patrol Division will […]

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    Bullet tears through wall of KC apartment, hits little boy on 2nd floor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after a 4-year-old little boy was shot at the Charter Landing Apartment Complex in the 6000 block of Blue Hills Road Monday morning in Kansas City, Mo. According to police, the shot came through a window on the second floor just after 10 a.m, hitting the boy in the back.  He was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital and is in critical condition. A police spokesman confirmed the child was shot in the lower back. […]

  • Man found shot in Lenexa front yard leads police to deaths of two men inside home

    LENEXA, Kan. — Police spent much of the day Thursday in a Lenexa neighborhood, collecting evidence in a double homicide that happened Wednesday night. Police confirmed Thursday afternoon the two victims found dead inside of the home were both adult males, but have not released any other information regarding their ages or identities. Police received a call of a reported shooting shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night from a man who said he had been shot in the stomach, but claimed he didn’t know where he was. […]