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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
  • Family desperate for answers after daughter found dead in well at Riverfront Park

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say almost two weeks ago Janina Vasquez was found dead inside a 25-foot deep, city-owned well at Richard Berkley Riverfront Park near the Missouri River. Lacking answers in her death or any arrests, Vasquez’s mom just wants to know what happened to her daughter. “She was just kind, had an open heart to everyone. She was kind of that hippy type; free-spirit, kind heart. You know her dog’s named Ziggy Marley,” mom Jennie Cochran said. […]

  • KC streetcar project on schedule as crews reach halfway point

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City officials say Kansas City’s multi-million dollar downtown streetcar line is half-way completed. Many who walk, drive and work in the River Market are thrilled to hear about the project’s progress. “Oh I’m glad. I mean this construction is a nightmare getting through,” said neighbor John Spurlock. “It’s a pressure thing. I never know when they’re gonna shut off the water off or what they’re gonna do; and the noise bothers me.” For the last nine […]

  • Woman injured in shooting at Overland Park home

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police were at scene of a shooting that happened near Grandview and 83rd Terrace in Overland Park on Friday night where one woman was injured. An Overland Park police spokesperson said that late Friday afternoon the woman was shot inside a house. FOX 4 has been told the woman was there with relatives at the time of the shooting. The spokesperson said the victim walked out of the house on her own and got into an ambulance; she was treated at […]

  • Innocent family scatters for cover during shooting that injured 1 man

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Around 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, a 51-year-old mom and her 21-year-old son were standing in their driveway near East 89th and Kentucky Streets when gunfire rang out. “I was scared for my life! My son and I both could’ve been shot, ” said a frustrated Sandra Leden with tears in her eyes. “It just doesn’t make any sense. I don’t know who those guys were and they didn’t care that I was outside when they chose […]

  • Police wonder if metro car wash crimes are connected

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police are busy trying to crack several recent bizarre crimes at three car washes in Kansas City, Kansas and in Grandview, Missouri in recent weeks. “I came in around 9:30 in the morning on February 11th and saw the coin machine all burnt and damaged and knew something wasn’t right, ” said David Kemper, a maintenance employee at Hiland Crest Car Wash near Gibbs Road and South 50th Street in KCK. Kemper said one of their surveillance […]

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    Off-duty Ottawa police officer arrested for DUI

    OTTAWA, Kan. — A driver arrested for DUI Monday night following a single-vehicle crash has been identified as a two-year veteran of the Ottawa Police Department. Twenty-three-year-old Officer Derek Butters is now temporarily off the streets and under investigation. Investigators say Butters traveled west on East 15th when he slammed his Dodge Ram pickup into a utility pole. Jennifer Blanton and her husband say around 10:30 on Monday night after hearing the roaring noise, they raced outside their home and […]

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    Woman with multiple DUI convictions arrested gain for same charge plus 5 others

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — On Monday afternoon 31-year-old Mary Womack strolled into a Johnson County courtroom wearing black and white jail clothes to face a judge. Perhaps, a new judge, but for Womack it was a familiar charge: driving under the influence. In fact, during her video arraignment the judge announced Womack faces a total of six new charges. Court papers reveal that just after 1 p.m. on last Saturday Johnson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Womack as she drove along K-10 […]

  • 57-year-old KCK man sentenced to house arrest for 10th DUI

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kansas man prosecutors call a habitual drunk driver will now be placed on house arrest for his latest offense. The top cop here at the Lansing Police Department isn’t holding back how he feels about the sentence handed down Friday to a Lloyd Henson, who is now convicted of his fifth dui in the past 10 years. It’s actually the 10th on Henson’s criminal record. “You know my reaction is more like wow! […]

  • Sympathetic community gives grieving KC dad money, house, job offers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man evicted on Wednesday because he was four months behind on his rent has been offered a new home to move into, thanks to neighbors and strangers who heard his story and wanted to help. For two-and-a-half years, Jari Adams said he and his 15-year-old daughter, Jarica, lived in a home at the corner of East 55th Street and Michigan Avenue in Kansas City.  Jarica struggled with cerebral palsy and when she died last […]

  • Grief-stricken father evicted in the cold from KC home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For two-and-a-half years, Jari Adams said he and his 15-year-old daughter, Jarica, lived in a home at the corner of East 55th Street and Michigan Avenue in Kansas City. That changed on Wednesday morning when he was evicted. “I just don’t know really what I’m gonna do at this point, ” said 40-year-old Adams with tears in his eyes. Last July when his only child Jarica died after a battle with cerebral palsy, and her $700 in state funding stop […]

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    Surveillance video shows man firing several bullets into KCATA bus

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —   The Kansas City Area Transit Authority released dramatic video of a bus shooting on Tuesday afternoon. A 15-year-old girl was seriously injured during the December shooting near 39th and Chestnut. KCATA officials say the surveillance video clearly shows a city bus rolling down the street on the night of December 30 when a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and dark pants suddenly pulls out a gun tucked in his pocket and fires several times into the moving […]

  • Man shot to death in KCK following high speed chase involving stolen vehicle

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police began pursuing a stolen vehicle Friday morning that was carjacked from the 400 block of S. 137th Street in Bonner Springs, Kan.  The pursuit, first initiated by Edwardsville Police, continued into Kansas City, Kan., and then to downtown Kansas City, Mo., near 11th and Baltimore, and then went back into Kansas City, Kan. According to reports, shots were fired in Kansas City, Kan., near 1154 Ruby Ave. and the suspect was reportedly killed. Police said […]