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.”


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    ‘Good shoot’ Facebook comment from Kansas City police officer about Tulsa shooting, leads to investigation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Police Department confirms an officer is under investigation for a controversial post he made on social media about the deadly shooting by an officer in Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was charged Thursday with felony manslaughter in the 1st degree for killing Terrance Crutcher, 40, after his SUV stopped in a roadway last week. She could face four years to life behind bars. Multiple police cameras, including ones mounted in squad […]

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    K-9 officer bites suspect hiding in closet after allegedly breaking into Brookside homes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors charged a 34-year-old Kansas City man, already a convicted felon, with attempted burglary in the 1st and 2nd degrees after police arrested him inside a Brookside home on Wednesday morning. According to court records filed Thursday, a resident in the 400 block of W. 59th Terrace watched a man try to open a sliding door on the west side of his home. The resident called police. Officers working undercover nearby responded. The officers […]

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    Mother of slain Van Horn High School student recalls their last conversation; suspect taken into custody

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A suspect has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Van Horn High School student, prosecutors announced Tuesday afternoon. 20-year-old Tymon Derrick Reed of Kearney, Mo., was taken into custody at approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. He faces charges of 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action. 16-year-old Javon Reilly was shot around 2:30 p.m. Monday in a driveway in the 1100 block of Home Avenue, which is a few blocks away from the school. Investigators said it may have […]

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    Man shot in face outside KC apartment, neighbors now living in fear

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “The boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” suddenly woke me and my son up. Yeah, we were really scared man,” said a man who lives across the hall from a Kansas City apartment police say was the scene of a violent crime. Around three Friday morning police say the gunfire repeatedly rang out at the apartment building near the corner of Gladstone and Scarritt on the city’s northeast side. “Man this has been a safe, quiet […]

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    Manhunt on for escaped teen who was serving time at juvenile facility for killing Grandview dad

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The hunt is on for a teenager who murdered a Grandview man two years ago. FOX 4 has learned the 16-year-old escaped from a Northland juvenile facility where he was serving time. Jordan Ray was only 14 years old when police say he shot and killed Greg Moody. Police sources tell FOX 4’s Robert Townsend that on Tuesday night, the now 16-year-old ran out of the front door at the Northwest Regional Youth Center at 4901 […]

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    Deputy Collins remembered as dedicated officer, beloved husband and father at visitation service in Olathe

    OLATHE, Kan. — Friends and family of a veteran Johnson County deputy who died in a crash early Sunday are paying their final respects. Loved ones gathered on Wednesday for the visitation service for Master Deputy Brandon Collins, who was killed during a traffic stop when a suspected drunk driver crashed into his patrol vehicle. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend was at the College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe where the service was held. Under a partly cloudy sky, people gathered to remember […]

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    Mohammed Whitaker pleads guilty to 2014 Kansas City area highway shootings, will serve 30 years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Grandview man who police said opened fire on unsuspecting drivers traveling on Kansas City area highways in 2014 has pleaded guilty to 20 felony charges. Mohammed Whitaker, 30, will serve 30 years in prison according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Whitaker had been set to go to trial on September 26 before entering guilty pleas on Tuesday to 10 counts of unlawful discharge of a weapon at a motor vehicle and 10 counts […]

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    Good Samaritan shot in attempt to rescue woman at Shawnee Wal-Mart was Iraq War veteran

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — New details reveal more information on the deadly shooting outside a Shawnee Wal-Mart Sunday. One suspect was killed in the incident, but another is reportedly still on the run after police released a man they thought was involved. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend has more on the investigation. When a woman with a baby was attacked in the parking lot by two men, two bystanders came to her rescue. When it was all over, the woman was left […]

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    Man charged in connection with kidnapping of Kansas City man found shot to death

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A suspect is now facing a federal charge in connection with the death of a man whose body was found alongside a road earlier this week. The suspect`s name is Raynal King, and according to court documents, he participated in the kidnapping of a Kansas City man who was found shot to death. Federal prosecutors charged King with kidnapping resulting in the death of 28-year-old Jaime Patton of Kansas City. Patton’s body was found in the […]

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    Kansas City security guard frustrated after being shot at while driving on 71 Highway

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Man, all I did was what I do every night after I leave work. I hopped in my car, hit 71 Highway and then I heard those two thumps. I thought maybe it was a pellet or a rock, ” said Anthony Mitchell. However, it wasn’t a random rock that hit his Honda Pilot as he drove north on 71 Highway near Truman Road just after 10 Tuesday night. The 48-year-old security guard for Kansas City Parks […]

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    Pair leads police on a chase through KCK, with one still on the run

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A police chase ended in a KCK neighborhood, causing an unexpected interruption for two home schooled children. The chase started at K-32 and Kansas Avenue, and ended with one person being taken into custody at North 59th and Cernech. Dozens of law enforcement officers with KCK police and the Wyandotte County Sheriff`s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol descended on the neighborhood. Several officers lined the street, while others armed with guns and on the go […]

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    Driver faces DWI, assault, murder charges in Blue Springs crash that killed two children

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A tragic end to the Labor Day weekend has torn a Missouri family apart. Two children are dead, their parents hospitalized, and one man stands accused of drinking and driving. A driver is facing charges after the crash Monday evening on Interstate 70 in which two children were killed, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Tuesday. James L. Green, 60, of Odessa, Mo., faces two counts of 2nd degree murder, two counts of 2nd degree assault, driving […]