Robert Townsend


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

  • 5-year-old traumatized by gas station shooting; friend fights in hospital

    Posted on: 6:08 pm, April 22, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOX 4 learned more on Tuesday about a five-year-old boy caught in the middle of a...
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  • Fighting through tears, children feel trauma after friend is shot, his dad killed

    Posted on: 9:34 pm, April 21, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:45am, April 22, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City family vows they won’t stop until the shooter who killed a father and...
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  • Family shocked, desire to visit suspected highway shooter in jail

    Posted on: 7:40 pm, April 18, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Edward Whitaker says he’s extremely shocked to hear his son, Mohammed Whitaker, is now in jail...
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  • Neighbor hailed a hero after rescuing toddlers from burning apartment

    Posted on: 7:32 pm, April 16, 2014, by

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Neighbors at one Independence apartment complex are calling 50-year-old Michael Thomas a “hero.” FOX 4′s Robert Townsend talked to...
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  • Man who lost girlfriend in fatal highway accident shaken and confused

    Posted on: 12:59 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 08:04pm, April 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police have identified the woman killed Wednesday in a traffic-related incident on I-635 as Deborah L....
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  • Father remembers 8-year-old daughter killed in car crash

    Posted on: 7:45 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — After losing his 8-year-old daughter, Jasmine Rodriquez, in a car crash Wednesday, April 9, Jose Rodriguez...
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  • Town residents recoil after learning Frazier Cross Jr. is hate crime suspect

    Posted on: 7:33 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    AURORA, Mo. – Monday morning police confirmed that 73-year-old Frazier Cross Jr. is the man they arrested in connection to...
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  • Warrensburg community saddened by suicide of 18-year-old student

    Posted on: 8:45 am, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 05:41pm, April 11, 2014

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Police identified the Warrensburg High School senior who took his own life Friday morning as Kyle Wittrock,...
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  • Mother who left 3-year-old son home alone admits to police “he’s a handful”

    Posted on: 7:40 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 07:42pm, April 8, 2014

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe, Mo., police say 33-year-old Sydney Harrison admitted she left her three-year-old son home by himself Monday...
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  • Parents upset with plea deal for driver in school bus crash

    Posted on: 9:07 pm, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 09:54pm, April 7, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fourteen months after Kansas City police say Toryne Sanders sped through the intersection of East 67th...
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  • Neighbors worry about 78-year-old suspect

    Posted on: 10:23 pm, April 4, 2014, by

    FERRELVIEW, Mo. — Some neighbors at a mobile home park in Ferrelview are worried about their elderly neighbor, who is...
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  • State Farm offers drive-thru hail damage repair to policy holders

    Posted on: 9:20 pm, April 3, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An insurance company is making it easy for people dealing with hail damage. State Farm Insurance...
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