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
  • Two stranger danger incidents in close proximity put Northland neighbors on alert

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents in a Northland neighborhood are on alert after neighbors say a stranger tried to lure two children into his van. Neighbors told police on Wednesday that a man tried to follow a little girl who was riding her bike. They add that the same man approached a 13-year-old boy outside the child’s home. Both incidents happened near Northeast 53rd and North Mersington. Those two kids are safe and the boy’s mother says her son was […]

  • Kansas City man who got pinned under car calls  himself ‘a walking miracle’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hit by two cars and then pinned under one of them — a Kansas City man describes himself as a walking miracle. Carlos Green’s harrowing experience happened last week while he was standing on a corner near 35th and Prospect. Green was saved by bystanders who came to his rescue and lifted the car off him. “I’m just happy to still be living man. I have grandkids and great-grandkids and they want to see their Papa, […]

  • Man dubbed ‘Good Samaritan’ just last week now facing charges in church shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In one week, Orlando Gentry went from a Good Samaritan to an apparent bad guy, now charged with shooting a greeter at a Kansas City church during Sunday service. “We were out here with our kids and the next thing you know, we heard ‘boom!'” Orlando told FOX 4 News last week. Last Tuesday, Gentry stood on the corner of 35th and Prospect and told FOX 4 how he helped pull a car off a man who […]

  • Church greeter injured in shooting believes God spared his life

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sunday church service was interrupted with several gunshots, lots of screams, and a man grazed in the head by a bullet and crashed through a window. It happened inside the House of Refuge Family Worship Center near Hillcrest and E. 109th Street Sunday morning. The church greeter who got grazed said minutes after the gunman walked through this front door, bullets filled the church. For almost a year, 23-year-old Montell Bruce has enjoyed being a greeter […]

  • Coach’s co-owner found slain on Kansas City trail remembered as a friendly, energetic man

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A well-known metro business owner was found dead Thursday morning along the Indian Creek Trail on Kansas City’s south side. Police call it murder, and are still looking for Mike Darby’s killer. He co-owned two Coach’s sports bar locations in the metro. Friends and family say Darby enjoyed walking the trail with his dogs. Police say Monday morning the 61-year-old man was doing just that when he was killed. Investigators say around 6:30 a.m., a cyclist […]

  • Dramatic video shows good Samaritans rescue man trapped under car in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last Friday afternoon started out as a typical quiet afternoon for Orlando Gentry and Troy Robertson. The two buddies were working at a clothing shop near 35th and Prospect when all of a sudden they first witnessed a wild car crash. “We were out here with our children and the next thing we heard was a boom!” Orlando Gentry recalled. “Man those cars came out of nowhere and Carlos was just helpless,” Troy Robertson said. In […]

  • Innocent mom shot at Kansas City park dies after getting caught in crossfire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 has learned more about an innocent victim who died after getting shot at a city park. Kansas City police say Evette Clint got caught in the crossfire when bullets flew at Swope Park, which is just down the street from her home. Evette’s mom says she still can’t believe her daughter lost her life. “She just loved being cute. She was always doing something with her hair and eyebrows with her sisters. She just […]

  • Child shot and killed on Kansas City’s east side

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A child died and two adult victims were injured in a shooting Friday on Kansas City’s east side. Friday evening at about 4:10 p.m., police were notified that three people had arrived at a local hospital after a shooting near East 56th and Park.  The adults’ injuries were not serious, but the male child died from his injuries. Police have not said how old the male juvenile is. Neighbors described the boy as a toddler. Neighbors say they […]

  • Good Samaritan helping aspiring nurse pursue her dreams gets honored at Jazz Museum

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A special event was held on Thursday for a Kansas City man whose random act of kindness is helping an aspiring nurse pursue her dream. FOX 4 first introduced you to Don Carter two months ago after he organized a national effort to raise money for a complete stranger. He says that random act of kindness instantly changed his life. “It’s been interesting. It’s been fun though,” Carter said. In March, Carter rolled up to the […]

  • KU student on crusade to find her missing dog ‘Ringo’

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A metro woman has launched an all-out search for her beloved pet. Two weeks ago her dog just seemingly vanished from her home, and “Ringo” is still missing. Ringo is a black and white long-haired chihuahua whom Hillary Robertson has affectionately called her baby for the last three years. “He is my baby and I’m so scared not knowing where he’s at,” she said. The rainy morning of April 27 started out as a routine day […]

  • Kansas City dad says Spirit Airlines turned dream vacation into a nightmare

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City father is furious after he says a popular airline that’s now making national headlines ruined his family’s vacation. The man and his family are some of the tens of thousands of passengers whose flights on Spirit Airlines had to be canceled due to an ongoing dispute. Paul Moore says Spirit turned his family’s dream vacation into a nightmare from hell. Last week Moore says he, his mom and his sister couldn’t wait to […]

  • One man dies after Northland shooting in neighborhood near Zona Rosa

    This story has been updated. Police said Tuesday afternoon the victim passed away, and one suspect was in custody. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gunfire rattled a normally quite neighborhood near Zona Rosa on Monday, leaving one man with life-threatening injuries and police looking for the shooter. The crime scene is near NW 86th and North Rhode Avenue. That victim later died of his injuries. Police scoured the cul-de-sac for hours after the shooting, leaving neighbors worried and wanting to know more. “My […]