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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.


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    KC man wonders why 2 men in separate cars would open fire on wife and great-grandkids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Police continue to look for the two young gunmen who fired shots at residents of a South Kansas City neighborhood and hit a 60-year-old great-grandmother in her side Tuesday evening. James Elmore, 68,  says he and his family were outside their house at Hickman Mills Drive and Marion Park Drive at about 6:30 p.m., looking at a neighbor’s new Cadillac Escalade,  when the two gunmen sped down the street and opened fire. “They slowed down and […]

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    Chillicothe man charged with numerous sex offenses against child

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A 36-year-old man faces numerous child sex charges against a minor in Livingston County. Adam Woodworth was charged Tuesday with six counts of sodomy with a person less than 14 years old, six counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15, two counts of abuse or neglect of a child, and one count of sexual trafficking of a child under 18. According to the probable cause statement, investigators first began looking into allegations of physical […]

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    Chillicothe man faces numerous child sex and abuse charges spanning over two years

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A 36-year-old man faces numerous child sex charges against a minor in Livingston County. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Adam Woodworth on Monday. Prosecutors have now charged with him with 17 child sex and abuse charges. Woodworth was charged Tuesday with six counts of sodomy with a person less than 14 years old, six counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15, two counts of abuse or neglect of a child, and one […]

  • KCPD officers comfort baby involved in chaotic shooting incident

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say a suspicious vehicle struck a police officer on Friday, knocking over his motorcycle. That officer responded by fired shots into the maroon SUV as it drove away. Police say what that officer didn’t know, was that two babies were riding in that vehicle, and police gunfire allegedly struck one of the infants in the toe. Police say the SUV nearly hit another police officer before they found the vehicle abandoned near 58th and Jackson. […]

  • 27-year-old Nicole Nelson and 2-year-old Dajahnay Nelson were last seen around 3 p.m. at a home in the 3200 block of 62nd Street.

    Family says KC mom with brain injury and two-year-old daughter returned home safe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of a missing mom and daughter says the two  have returned home safe Friday morning. Family told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend that a Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy found the two walking near 5th and Barnett early Friday morning and were reunited with their family around 2 a.m. Both were reported as fine and did not need to go to the hospital. According to the family, the mom and daughter hadn’t been seen since Wednesday evening. According to […]

  • KC woman ticketed after approx. six dozen cats and dogs removed from her home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took four vehicles to haul away more than 70 animals seized Wednesday afternoon from a Kansas City home. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend was the first Kansas City reporter on the scene to capture video you’ll see only on FOX 4. Animal Control was called out to the home at East 56th and Westridge after a tip that the woman who lived there had dozens of animals inside. The resident, Diana Kupka, 69, received several tickets, including being over […]

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    Animal control removes large number of cats from KCMO home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Animal control officers spent much of the day Wednesday at a Kansas City home after they received a tip that a large number of cats lived in the home. A source tells FOX 4’s Robert Townsend the 69-year-old female owner could have as many as 85 dogs, cats and kittens all over her home.  The source says they’re at the home rounding up the animals after receiving the tip. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend is on the scene and says animal […]

  • Raymore mom insists Sprint Center security kept her from her daughter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro mother is upset with the experience she had while attending a comedy show with her daughter at the Sprint Center over the weekend. “I didn’t even laugh. I couldn’t even concentrate because I was so upset,” said Felicia Turman of Raymore. After months of waiting, Turman says finally seeing Comedian Kevin Hart’s “What Now Tour” at Sprint Center Saturday was supposed to be a fun time for her and her 17-year-old daughter. “It was anything but […]

  • KCK woman accused of stealing 5 cars in one week

    OLATHE, Kan. — A metro woman faced a Johnson County judge on Friday, charged with four counts of felony theft and three counts of aggravated battery. She’s accused of stealing cars and breaking into homes. Police say Tiffany Chandler, 24, committed the crimes just days apart, allegedly stealing five cars during the first week of August. Chandler is also accused of breaking into three of the victim’s homes in three different Shawnee neighborhoods. Police say on August 2, 5, and […]

  • KC family comes together as police dig for body of mother missing 22 years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a second straight day, about a dozen cops, crime scene technicians and  city workers dug up a backyard near 98th Street and Hardesty in south city looking for the possible remains of Laura Mason, who went missing 22 years ago. As searchers buzzed around on a backhoe in the backyard, miles away at the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime’s office near 31st and Prospect, Mason’s daughters eagerly waited for word on what police would find […]

  • Daughter of woman missing since 1993 says family is trying to stay neutral

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The daughter of a woman missing since 1993 says her family is trying to stay neutral as crews search for what they believe could be the remains of her mother. Safiyyah Mills was just 15-years-old when her mother, Laura Mason, went missing. “We’ve had a couple of leads along the way where you know we got our hopes up, so now we’re just really trying to stay neutral until we have something more concrete,” Mills said on […]

  • A community responds after a gunman opened fire outside of a funeral Saturday and left two wounded.

    Community leaders and clergy call for end to ‘senseless murders’ after shots fired outside funeral

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man and a woman are recovering after they were shot outside of Golden Gate Funeral Home on Saturday. A huge crowd of about 200 was gathered near 18th and Benton when shots rang out Saturday afternoon. The crowd scattered in fear. The funeral home director says that about 45 minutes into the service for Raymond Jones, 28,  a gunman drove by the funeral home and fired several times. A woman ran inside the business after she […]