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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
  • Many tears and questions from Kearney wife whose husband died working on a bridge project

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal investigators returned to the scene of a fatal accident near Independence Ave. and Cambridge St.,  where an electrician, who was also a husband and father, died on Monday. David Craven, 53, fell off a bridge at that location. His wife of more than 25 years, Linda Craven, said David was on his way home when he decided to stop and check on one of his co-workers who was working on a bridge project in Northeast Kansas […]

  • 19-year-old gunned down in Gladstone identified

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — Police have identified the man shot and killed in Gladstone, Mo., as 19-year-old Marc A. Bogart. Police said Bogart is Gladstone’s first homicide of the year. Bogart was found shot in the back seat of a red SUV near Northeast 70th and North Indiana at the Bluffs Apartment Complex Monday, July 21. “This looks like a really safe and quiet place to live,” said Matlin Eubanks, who lives nearby. But Monday night the Gladstone apartment complex was […]

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    KBI special agent: No evidence indicates little girl was struck by police gunfire

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Agents from both the Leavenworth Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation gave information regarding the alleged abduction and shooting death of a five-year-old Atchison girl during two different press conferences Saturday. The Chief of Police for the Leavenworth Police Department, Chief Patrick Kitchens, revealed Saturday morning in a news conference that five-year-old Cadence Harris was the child who was killed Friday night after she was allegedly kidnapped and shot when her alleged kidnapper fled from police and exchanged gunfire […]

  • Parents of Craigslist shooting victim quickly drive into town to see him, relieved to find him alive

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While police continue their investigation into the Craigslist car sale that ended in gunfire Wednesday outside an apartment complex just south of Swope Park, the family of the man shot is grateful he will survive. The victims are a 53-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife. They were shot and robbed while trying to buy a car they saw on Craigslist. The couple from Liberty and their 16-year-old son met a guy at an apartment on East […]

  • Four taken into custody in connection with Craigslist shooting, robbery

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Four people were taken into custody in connection with a Craigslist car sale that ended in gunfire Wednesday outside an apartment complex just south of Swope Park, according to Kansas City Missouri Police Captain Tye Grant. Their names have not been released pending charges. Authorities want to know if a similar Craigslist-related crime that happened hours before a couple was shot involves the same suspects. Police say the victims are lucky. They were shot and robbed […]

  • DCF terminates contract with Pandarama Daycare, leaving owners and parents scrambling

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The owners of a Kansas City, Kansas daycare say the state delivered a powerful punch to their business, and now they worry about their future. The Pandarama Daycare has been in the heart of downtown KCK for almost four decades. The owners are now battling the Kansas Department for Children and Families to keep their business going. They say they will lose their DCF contract next week, which is a major blow to their business. Thirty-seven […]

  • People gather to honor civil rights leader Leon Jordan, want to see his legacy furthered

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A special tribute to a former Kansas City police lieutenant, who was also a highly-respected political and civil rights pioneer, took place Tuesday night. Long-time admirers, friends and community leaders gathered to celebrate the legacy of Leon Jordan. Forty-four years ago on this date Jordan was shot to death outside the Green Duck Lounge and Grill on Prospect. Just across the street is the site where the Kansas City Police Department’s new East Patrol Division will […]

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    Bullet tears through wall of KC apartment, hits little boy on 2nd floor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after a 4-year-old little boy was shot at the Charter Landing Apartment Complex in the 6000 block of Blue Hills Road Monday morning in Kansas City, Mo. According to police, the shot came through a window on the second floor just after 10 a.m, hitting the boy in the back.  He was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital and is in critical condition. A police spokesman confirmed the child was shot in the lower back. […]

  • Man found shot in Lenexa front yard leads police to deaths of two men inside home

    LENEXA, Kan. — Police spent much of the day Thursday in a Lenexa neighborhood, collecting evidence in a double homicide that happened Wednesday night. Police confirmed Thursday afternoon the two victims found dead inside of the home were both adult males, but have not released any other information regarding their ages or identities. Police received a call of a reported shooting shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night from a man who said he had been shot in the stomach, but claimed he didn’t know where he was. […]

  • List of transportation lists finalized for Missouri roadways and bridges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Show-Me State’s final list for transportation projects is in. High on the list is demolishing the popular Broadway Bridge, that’s if voters say yes to amendment seven in August. MoDOT says the 50-year-old bridge has deteriorated in the last two years and needs to be replaced. About 45,000 drivers currently use the iconic bridge every day. MoDOT wants to replace it over the Missouri River in Kansas City and make interchange improvements on 169 at […]

  • Neighbors baffled about shooting on July 4 that left two Excelsior Springs men dead

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — The violence on July 4 that took the lives of two men in Excelsior Springs has neighbors confused over what happened. According to neighbors, Todd Logan, 53, shot and killed his neighbor Cletis Southwick, 49, as Cletis returned to his home from a friend’s house. Neighbors tell FOX 4 that residents of the Excelsior Manor Mobile Home Park were watching fireworks earlier in the evening. Then, at about 11:20 p.m., as Southwick returned to his trailer, […]

  • Olathe unveils new community center to the public

    OLATHE, Kan. — The city of Olathe now has a new community center. The 72,000 square foot facility is located near East Kansas City Road and Ridgewood. On this Independence Day eve a huge crowd gathered at Olathe’s first community center for a whole lot of fun and fireworks. Thursday was the official community celebration of Olathe’s new community center and people packed the park to check it out and to see a big fireworks display in the evening. The […]