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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
  • Belton, Mo.

    Explosive experts respond to possible danger in Belton

    BELTON, Mo. — Investigators from the Kansas City Bomb Squad were on the scene in Belton, where explosives were found. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend reports that bomb squads have concluded investigations and plan to detonate the explosives safely in a remote area. The explosives have been identified as two Japanese grenades that a man’s father apparently brought back from the South Pacific. The man and his sisters were cleaning out their father’s house and found the explosives in the basement. Not […]

  • Police: Boy uses lighter to burn girl’s hair in hallway at KC middle school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police took a report and are now investigating an incident at Northeast Middle School in which one student allegedly set fire to another student’s hair. The 12-year-old boy is in juvenile custody as police continue to determine what exactly happened Tuesday afternoon at about 1 p.m.  A spokesman for Jackson County Family Courts says second-degree assault charges were filed against the boy. According to the police report, the boy was walking down a hallway inside the middle […]

  • Jackie Cadwell (left) and Dwight Johnson (right)

    Two men accused of spending night shattering dozens of car windows in Marshall, Mo.

    MARSHALL, Mo. — Two men are accused of damaging dozens of cars when they allegedly blasted them with a BB gun.  According to Marshall Police, the two men drove around neighborhoods on Marshall’s north and south sides and randomly shot out car windows. Police received almost 40 reports from drivers whose windows had been pelted with BBs from a high-powered BB gun. One victim says it happened to him Friday. He walked outside of his house and saw that the rear passenger window […]

  • Left to right: Zachary Donahoo, Sydney Adams, James Hunter, Tristen Bishop.

    Four suspects charged in Jackson County for “Snapchat” kidnapping and robbery

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Four suspects appeared in court Friday after they allegedly kidnapped a man and stole his car and phone. James Hunter, 23, Zachary Donahoo, 23, Sydney Adams, 19, and Tristen Bishop, 18 have all been charged in Jackson County with first-degree robbery and kidnapping. Court documents reveal a harrowing story where the victim said he was robbed, kidnapped and left all alone on a rural road. The victim told police he was left wearing only his boxer shorts and […]

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    Police: Man dressed as woman robs KCMO payday loan store

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man dressed as a woman allegedly robbed a payday loan store in KCMO late Thursday  morning. Police responded to Advance America in the 600 block of E. 99th Street  around 10:45 a.m. upon reports of a robbery. Witnesses told police that a suspect dressed as a woman entered the store, demanded money then fled the scene with two others. Two of the suspects were found fleeing from the scene in a vehicle. Police pursued the vehicle until the […]

  • KC apartment worker says tenant was beaten so badly, she didn’t recognize him

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A maintenance worker at a Kansas City apartment complex found a man severely beaten inside the tenant’s apartment. He later died at a hospital. Becky O’Leary is a maintenance worker at the Sterling Courts Apartments complex and said Tuesday morning started out as a normal day, but things suddenly changed when she made the disturbing discovery. “I heard him breathing, really loud almost like a snore and I thought that just didn’t sound normal,” she said. […]

  • For 4 months, families had no running water in KC apt. bldg owned by Colorado council member

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two families that lived in an apartment building at 11th and Prospect, owned by a city councilwoman in Colorado Springs, had to be out of their homes by 2 p.m. Tuesday. “This is not right. I shouldn’t have to wake up in the morning and they be like, ‘Well, you have until two o’clock to get out,” said Brandon Dugger, a tenant. Dugger has lived in the Kansas City apartment building for more than a year, […]

  • Woman credits dog as her protector after her Yorkie helped thwart sexual assault

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Around 7:30 last Friday morning, Sabrina Lowe says she took her miniature Yorkie named “Baby Girl” outside to use the bathroom. While Sabrina stood waiting inside the apartment building, in a flash she says a man, who was sitting on some nearby stairs, suddenly attacked her. “He grabbed me from behind, and after he pulled my pants down I was shaking and nervous. I was so terrified that I could hardly talk. I just kept screaming […]

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    Overland Park woman charged, accused of stealing then selling upscale baby, women’s clothes

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Johnson County prosecutors filed felony theft charges against the 45-year-old Overland Park woman who they say had a large volume of stolen goods inside her home. Kelli Jo Bauer was charged Friday with one count of felony theft, and is accused of stealing goods amounting to $100,000 or more.  Authorities are looking for people who have done business with Bauer on Facebook swap-and-shops or through her online store “My Retro Baby, LLC.” If you want to provide information […]

  • Neighbor remembers man found dead in St. Joseph pond as a nice, quiet gentleman

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Police say on around 1 on Tuesday afternoon, two teenage boys were fishing in Corby Pond when one of their hooks got snagged on some clothing. Within moments investigators say the boys got a little closer and discovered a body in the water. Police have identified the man as 62-year-old Eddie Wise. On Thursday his death was ruled a suicide. Emily Hendricks says he lived across the street from her on Sacramento Street in St. Joseph. “I […]

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    Lenexa gas leak capped; utility company remaining at scene to repair line

    LENEXA, Kan. — The Lenexa Fire Department was sent to the scene of a gas line break in the 10200 block Pflumm Road on Thursday at about 2 p.m. A boring operation reportedly broke an 8″ line that was capped at about 6:15 p.m. Atmos Energy remained at the scene to repair the line. All previously reported traffic issues were resolved with the opening of Pflumm Road later on Thursday night.

  • Investigators working to discover who’s responsible for shooting, killing Bald Eagles

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Investigators say several Bald Eagles around the metro region have recently been killed by gunfire. Conservation and wildlife officials are begging that the federal crime stop, and point out that it carries a hefty fine and jail time if convicted. Authorities tell FOX 4 that since January, someone has shot and killed three Bald Eagles in Missouri and one in Kansas. The unthinkable crime tugs at the hearts of many at the Lakeside Nature Center in […]