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
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    FOX 4 is there when police arrest man in KCK who fled from them at high speeds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police spotted a man they wanted to question about a recent homicide and his passenger in the area of I-35 and I-435 near Claycomo, and when they refused to pull over, police pursued them Friday morning. The pair reportedly fled down I-35 to I-29 and then into Kansas City, Kan., via I-635, where they got off on Parallel. Neighbors say they saw both men jump out of the black Oldsmobile near 52nd and Georgia in Kansas City, Kan. […]

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    KC man ‘ecstatic’ after meeting President Obama at ‘Worker Voice’ summit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Tuesday a 36-year-old fast-food worker flew to Washington, D.C., and on Wednesday Terrance Wise met President Barack Obama. “Man, it was so awesome. I had a great time meeting the president,” said Wise with a smile. “He shook my hand, we took pictures and I even met with him in private. It was just an awesome feeling to see that the president was standing with low wage workers and really had our backs and lifting all […]

  • Police arrested this man following the water rescue in the Missouri River

    Broadway Bridge jumper stuns police and witnesses before capture

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wednesday morning, Kelly Alley and her friends were on one bridge in the River Market area when they witnessed police pursuing a fleeing driver determined to get away from police and sheriff’s deputies hot on his trail. “My friends and I were just up here standing on a bridge overlooking the river when we saw all those cops, and then the next thing we see him swimming towards us. It was unbelievable,” said Alley. “I quickly pulled out my […]

  • General Mills was evacuated Wednesday after dangerously high levels of carbon dioxide were found.

    KCMO General Mills plant employees return to work after carbon dioxide evacuation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Mo., General Mills plant was evacuated Wednesday after high levels of carbon dioxide were found. KCMO Fire PIO James Garrett confirms high levels of carbon dioxide inside the General Mills plant in the 2900 block of Guinotte in the east bottoms. The company first reported that it noticed the high levels when the alarms inside of the building went off and alerted employees. When the fire department arrived on the scene, they were able to confirm […]

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    Family finds dog shot, home ransacked in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police are investigating a burglary where a home near 132nd and Lamar was ransacked, and a family’s therapy dog was shot in the face and neck on Tuesday afternoon. Police tell FOX 4 that the homeowner’s son arrived to the home around 3:30 p.m. and found their eight-year-old golden retriever mix shot, and immediately took the dog to a veterinarian. The dog is expected to survive, but family tells FOX 4 that Miko will have to have surgery […]

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    Two KC brothers murdered within weeks of each other, leaving family shell-shocked

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “I just can’t believe this has happened to us again. I haven’t even buried my son, Demarco, and now his older brother is dead? It’s all just so devastating, ” said Lanette Knott, the mother of 23-year-old Demarco Knott. Police say on September 25th someone shot and killed Knott outside the Value Place Motel near 113th and Colorado Streets in Kansas City as Knott visited his girlfriend. As of Monday, his killer still hasn’t been caught. “My […]

  • One person is dead and one person is critically injured after a double shooting early Mon., October 5.

    Neighbors hear multiple gunshots at Blue Ridge residence; police look for killer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Police in Kansas City, Mo., are investigating after one person was killed and another was injured in an early morning shooting Monday. Police captain Tye Grant said that officers were sent to 81st and Blue Ridge around 4 a.m. upon reports of a disturbance.  When they arrived, they found the front door of the home open. “I look at the clock and hear, ‘pow, pow, pow,'” neighbor Nancy Tempel said. “It was five times. Then I hear a pause and another pow, pow, […]

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    Crash stops fleeing man wanted for questioning in Raytown homicide

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police took a man wanted for questioning in a recent murder in Raytown, into custody after he led them on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash with an innocent driver. Police say they were at 59th and Wabash when they spotted a gray Nissan Armada with two men inside.  One of the men, the driver, was wanted in connection to a recent homicide in Raytown. Police tried to pull over the driver, but he fled, sometimes […]

  • Murder-suicide investigation at this Independence home.

    Independence police investigate suspected murder-suicide of husband and wife

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A couple in their 60’s has been found dead in their Independence home. The police investigation is now leaning towards an apparent murder-suicide. The bodies were found in a home near 8th Street and South Ash Avenue on Wednesday evening. There’s a lot of shock and sadness in this neighborhood right now. Investigators say just before 6 p.m., Independence police received a 911 call regarding a domestic violence disturbance involving a gun. Police say the call came […]

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    KC mom gets beaten, robbed near bus stop, but grateful she made it home alive

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A KC mom of six vividly recalls the night she says three muggers attacked and robbed her after she got off of a metro bus. Leslie Booth was just blocks away from her home on Tuesday night when she says the attackers jumped out of a van and beat her up near 53rd and Prospect. She says everything happened around 11 p.m., and shortly after getting off of the bus, she was attacked by three teenaged-looking […]

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    Family says off-duty officer used excessive force on 70-year-old man suffering mini-stroke

    MARSHALL, Mo. – An elderly man says after he lost control of his vehicle and struck a house, an off-duty police officer held him against his will while he suffered a mini-stroke. James “Jim” Miller, 70, a grandfather and longtime realtor in Marshall, says around 6 o’clock Sunday night he was driving to a Wal-Mart when he suddenly felt dizzy and ill. According to a police report, Miller’s pickup veered off the road near south Hawthorne and Sunset and hit […]

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    Third stranger danger incident in a week frightens Warrensburg parents

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Parents are on edge in Warrensburg after hearing that a stranger approached a young girl walking alone for the third time this week. Police believe the same man whose vehicle has been caught on camera, is approaching the children. “I didn’t know about the third one, so that’s really scary,” mom Jackie Hunnicutt said. Hunnicutt was at a local playground with her three kids, looking over her shoulder on Friday. “It’s just creepy, like just scary. Even […]