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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, 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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    Blue Springs man sentenced for friend’s death in May 2015 100 mph crash

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A Jackson County judge sentenced a 21-year-old man, who admitted his responsibility in the death of his friend, 19-year-old Clint Reno, killed in a car crash in Independence on May 18, 2015 near Missouri 78 and Holke Road. The judge sentenced Julian Melissinas to two-and-a-half years in prison on Thursday. Melissinas was driving a car when he lost control at about 2:50 a.m. on that Monday morning in May 2015. The vehicle traveled through a field and then […]

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    Cancer researcher severely beaten at KCK apartment over wallet with $40 inside

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A cancer researcher hopes police will find the man who attacked him Monday evening after he left work at KU Med Center. Santanu Paul, 34, is originally from India but has lived in Kansas City, Kan., for a job he really enjoys. “We are trying to make some betterment for the people who are suffering from cancer,” Paul said. He has lived at the apartment complex in Kansas City, Kan., for about three years. He says on […]

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    Trash service suffers in Kansas City as WCA Waste struggles to find drivers who can pass drug tests

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is a growing mess problem in the metro area. Late last year, WCA Waste Corporation bought out Town and Country Waste Disposal, and a spokesperson said with that acquisition came lots of problems. One major hurdle is hiring quality drivers who can pass drug tests. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend went to one neighborhood where the trash is sticking around a little longer than it used to. Residents in this south Kansas City neighborhood are tired […]

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    Metro parents express safety concerns following bus company’s failed inspections

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents in a metro school system are expressing their safety concerns about Daye Transportation Services. On Friday, Kansas City Public Schools ended its contract with the bus company after many Daye buses failed a surprise inspection.  Following the failed inspections, several KIPP Endeavor Academy parents have safety concerns of their own. Parent Jamila Mitchell definitely heard about the shocking inspection. “The overall safety of the kids, making sure they get to school and they get home […]

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    Wife of KCK standoff suspect “surprised” by her arrest

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — “All that we’ve been through this week and over the years all feels like a nightmare. It’s a battle that’s impossible to win, ” says Renee Andrews. Andrews says the “battle” this week started on Tuesday when investigators say Andrews’ defiant husband, Greg Andrews, a convicted child, sex offender, self-proclaimed minister and gospel artist, ignited an intense standoff with police officers and SWAT team members from the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and U.S. Federal Marshals. Police […]

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    Suspect arrested after woman’s car stolen while she aired up her tires

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A woman stopped at a metro QuikTrip to air up her tires, and was nearly run over as a thief made off with her SUV.  It happened Wednesday morning near East 39th Street and Bolger Road in Independence. Surveillance footage captured the brazen crime; and on Thursday police said they have a suspect in custody. FOX 4 will release the suspect’s identity once charges are filed. Maggie Tatum said the thief seemingly came out of nowhere and jumped in her […]

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    Dachshund attacked by two huskies behind fence in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man said his dog almost died during their walk through their neighborhood. He said a neighbor’s dogs were behind a wrought iron fence, but still attacked his dachshund. Jasen Miller said he and his small dachshund, Lola, were walking along near the fence when she got attacked. He said he’s had her since she was a puppy. Now, he’s holding her even closer and giving her lots of love after her scare. He […]

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    Standoff outside convicted sex offender’s KCK home ends after 6 hours

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police say from the very beginning after U.S. Marshals descended on Greg Andrews home near North 56th Street and Parallel Parkway around 8:30 Tuesday morning, a defiant Andrews refused to step outside his small white house on the corner and made threats against officers. “I will not got quietly. You might as well put a bullet in me now,” shouted the 56-year-old Andrews to the many officers who surrounded his house and blocked off the  major […]

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    Puppy recovering after deliberately thrown from second floor porch

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A border collie-mix was seriously injured after investigators said a Kansas City man deliberately threw the pup off a second floor porch. Police said the suspected animal abuse happened near Lawndale Avenue and St. John Avenue in northeast Kansas City. One neighbor told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend that the suspect threw Max, the border collie-mix, off the porch and onto the ground. “I’m a very big dog lover and it broke my heart,” neighbor Brenda Thomas […]

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    Kansas City homeowner catches, confronts boy he believes was about to commit burglary

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City homeowner says he caught a pint-sized prowler on video, standing on his patio and peeking through his windows. The young, would-be burglar was busted in a backyard near West 69th Terrace and Ward Parkway. The homeowner FOX 4’s Robert Townsend talked to believes the child was with an adult when the pair tried to break into some homes in his neighborhood. “He didn’t even notice the camera,” the homeowner named Aaron told FOX […]

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    Popular drill team show booted from KCK community college

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — For months now, lots of metro boys and girls have been looking forward to going to Kansas City, Kansas Community College to participate in a fun-filled drill team show. “My kids look forward to this every year. I just cannot believe I may have to cancel it,” said a frustrated LaVeda Davis about her annual competition. Davis says for the last 17 years, scores of boys and girls from all around the Kansas City area and nation get […]

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    Fond memories shared of boy killed on Verruckt while accident investigation continues

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — People who knew Caleb Schwab are sharing memories of the boy as crews take a closer look at Verruckt. Crews started to remove more safety netting that surrounds the water slide on Tuesday. The action comes as the investigation into the deadly accident enters its third day. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend saw one man hoisted high in a cherry-picker slowly removing the netting on Tuesday afternoon. Meantime, at Caleb’s school, everyone is holding on to good […]