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
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    Officer made traffic stop, then directed woman to gas station before she went missing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The search continues for 20-year-old Toni Anderson. Police now say Anderson vanished after a North Kansas City police officer pulled her car over. No one has seen Anderson since early Sunday morning near 9-Highway and 20th Avenue after an officer let her go with a warning. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend joins us live from that area with the latest on this investigation. Investigators said a QuikTrip is where a North Kansas City police officer last saw Toni […]

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    Friends fear Kansas City woman’s text shows she encountered someone evil

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Family and friends are worried and concerned about a young, Kansas City woman who has been missing for two days. Toni Anderson, 20, hasn’t been seen since early Sunday morning, after she told co-workers she was headed to a gas station at 31st and Southwest Boulevard, but she never made it there. “She’s a great person, really nice. We’re all worried sick for her,” said Pete Sanchez, Anderson’s boyfriend. Sanchez says Toni works as a server at the […]

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    State rep. from Parkville offers to arm constituents visiting capitol in light of new security measures

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — For the first time, we’re hearing from a Republican state lawmaker from Parkville who says he wants to lend guns to visitors entering the Missouri capitol. The Parkville lawmaker’s so-called “you can borrow my gun” offer is still making lots of waves. Four-term State Representative Nick Marshall is fired up about several new security measures now enforced inside the the capitol building. “It’s the people’s house and the people’s house should be open to the public,” he […]

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    KC city manager on potential ice storm: ‘Be prepared for the worst’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Troy Schulte, City Manager for Kansas City, Mo., says the city is ready to deal with the potential ice storm forecasted to hit the area over the weekend. However, he requests patience and preparation and asks people to avoid travel. Schulte acknowledged Thursday afternoon that this is a big weekend for Kansas City, as we’re ‘hosting 80,000 people on Sunday so we want to be good hosts.” The Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL are […]

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    Military history of suspected Florida airport shooter revealed; witness says ‘firing just went on and on’

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A military spokeswoman says the suspect in a deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airport received a general discharge from the Alaska Army National Guard last year for unsatisfactory performance. Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead did not release details about 26-year-old Esteban Santiago’s discharge in August 2016. Olmstead said that he joined the Guard in November 2014. Puerto Rico National Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Dahlen said that Santiago was deployed to Iraq in 2010 and spent […]

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    Man arriving home to downtown KC loft hears gunfire on NYE, finds windows shattered by rifle rounds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say a rifle-firing, New Year’s Eve reveler blasted several rounds into a Kansas City man’s downtown loft. Investigators say it happened at the Union Carbide Building near Baltimore and 9th Street. Police say they are confident they will find the person who fired several rifle rounds into a man’s ninth-floor loft. “They might have been having fun, but what they did was really dumb and it’s dangerous,” said Sergeant Mike Foster. Police say shortly after […]

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    Metro driver says she was terrified when gunman shot at her on I-70

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Man, it was pretty scary because I wasn’t doing anything but driving home,” says a 21 year old Raytown woman. Around midnight she says she left a friend’s house, drove near Jackson And East 29th Street in Kansas CIty and then hopped on to Interstate 70. But, in a flash… “After I got on the interstate, the guy driving the car almost hit a median and then he swerved over to get back on to the […]

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    Woman killed in multi-vehicle crash in KCK; at least 3 others hospitalized

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police in Kansas City, Kan., are re-routing traffic near the scene of multi-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon that killed one woman and sent three others to the hospital with serious injuries. Police said shortly after 1 p.m. they arrived on the scene and saw that a white Chevy collided with a red Mazda at College Parkway and State Avenue. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the white Chevy was traveling south on College Parkway when […]

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    Kansas City neighbors can’t shake sad news that crash they heard outside their house killed 2 men

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Residents were awakened by the crash of an out-of-control car early Monday morning, and feel rattled and saddened by the discovery that both people in the car were killed. The single car crash near Samuel L. Rodgers Health Center at Brooklyn and East Ninth Street is the first traffic-related fatality in Kansas City in 2017. “Boom! Just boom! You know something hit hard,” said Nancy Stump, a neighbor. “We’ve seen a lot of accidents down at […]

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    Fuming Kansas City moms relieved that ‘mountain of trash’ is finally gone

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “It was just terrible. I mean very unhealthy. I have five little girls at home and that’s just disgusting,” said a frustrated Ashley Flora about a “mountain of trash” she says just kept growing in the parking lot at her apartment complex. “So, many people drive by here and they can see all that. It’s so embarrassing and it’s a nasty eyesore,” said Jeana Long, who’s lived at Northeast View Apartments near Garfield and Lexington with […]

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    Wellsville officer describes desperate attempt to save 6-year-old boy from house fire

    WELLSVILLE, Kan. – A vigil is planned for Thursday night at Wellsville City Hall in remembrance of a 6-year-old boy who died in a fire at his home. A police officer who tried to save the boy spoke with FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. When Officer James Coughlin ran inside the burning house, he only had one thing on his mind: Saving Brex Whalen. Tuesday night, Officer Coughlin heard the emergency call go out and raced to the burning home. “Lights […]

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    Friends and fellow church members of Basehor man ‘shocked’ after he is charged with child sex crime

    BASEHOR, Kan. —  A Leavenworth County man is behind bars, charged with having sex with a young child. Police say there may be more victims tied to this case. The suspect is 47-year-old William Lawrence Battle. Neighbors said he has lived in his Basehor subdivision for the last ten years. Neighbors told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend they are stunned to hear about the serious allegations he is facing. Investigators arrested Battle on Dec. 19 shortly after he left his house. On […]