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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
  • Family’s Thanksgiving bittersweet as it grieves loss of 10-year-old killed in drive-by shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Thanksgiving for Machole Stewart’s family was filled with many mixed emotions, because they were missing a special little loved one. Machole is the 10-year-old girl shot and killed last month in KCK. “She was a great kid, precious child,” grandmother Krystal Stewart said. The sparkle that warmed her heart, made her laugh and always greeted her with a big kiss was Machole. “Every day, Machole was a fun, loving child,” Krystal said. Relatives say on October […]

  • Teenager pitted in standoff with police causes tense afternoon in Oak Grove

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A teenager held a Jackson County SWAT team and Oak Grove police at bay Wednesday afternoon. The standoff near Southwest Seventh Street finally ended peacefully after officers took the young man into custody. Only FOX 4 was there when more than a dozen SWAT team members armed with rifles and Oak Grove police officers descended on the neighborhood. They quickly surrounded a small house on Southwest Seventh Street where police say a 17-year-old boy was inside, […]

  • Woman left in critical condition following drive-by shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police say it appears an innocent victim got shot during a violent drive-by shooting Tuesday afternoon. The woman is now in the hospital. Police say the woman is still in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after gun shots rang out near east 37th and Monroe Avenue. Neighbors say they heard at least 25 gunshots. When the bullets stopped flying police say the woman, who was sitting inside a house at the time, was hit […]

  • Two pond drownings hit small Missouri town hard

    SAVANNAH, Mo. — High school students in the small community of Savannah, just north of Saint Joseph, are dealing with the tough losses of two of their classmates. Both boys drowned Saturday when they apparently fell through thin ice on a frozen pond on county road 153 about 10 miles northwest of Savannah. At Savannah High School and all around town there are lots of heavy hearts. People are thinking about two students who suddenly died and their now grieving families. […]

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    Employee shot during armed robbery at cell phone store

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after an employee was shot during an armed robbery at Tomorrow Mobile/MetroPCS, a cell phone store, located at 42nd and Troost in Kansas City, Mo. Police said the employee, a 22-year-old man, was shot in the stomach. According to a co-worker, the victim was alone in the cell phone shop when the masked gunman walked inside at about one in the afternoon and shot him. The victim is operational manager at the company’s […]

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    Surveillance video captures crash, building collapse that sent vintage car tumbling

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman driving a stolen vehicle crashed head-on into an old Ford dealership in downtown Kansas City Thursday morning. The crash happened at 18th and Oak streets at a building that housed antique and vintage cars. Fire officials said the crash weakened the building and a portion of the roof collapsed, at which time a vintage car fell out and landed in the rubble on the street below. The collapse was captured on a nearby business’s […]

  • Furious mother says daughter was dropped off at wrong bus stop and left alone for 45 minutes

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A mother is furious because she says her daughter was dropped off by a bus driver five blocks away from their house. “I just know that her school bus stop is right across the street from our house and up the street, and that driver should’ve dropped my child off there. She was red, crying and really cold because she got lost for 45 minutes, “said a furious Bridgette Mayberry. Mayberry told FOX 4 Tuesday […]

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    KCK police investigate brutal attack of 20-year-old

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City, Kansas police are investigating the brutal attack of a 20-year-old, who was also possibly run over by a vehicle. Detectives talked to Timothy Mulvey, 20, who told them late Saturday night he was at a friend’s party in Mission.  He says his friends dropped him off at a Quick Trip near Johnson Drive and Quivira. Police say after he purchased an energy drink, Mulvey walked out of the store and said he was approached […]

  • Convict’s DNA found at Kansas City murder scene

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been almost two months since Gene Kellough’s only daughter was shot execution-style inside her home near Forest Avenue and 42nd in Kansas City, Missouri. Now, Kellough waits to see if a man, whose DNA prosecutors say was found at the murder scene, will be charged in the killing of his daughter, Teresa Kellough. Last Monday police arrested 29-year-old Nathaniel Brown, a paroled armed robber, on a federal weapons violation charge.  He was released from prison […]

  • Kansas City father’s murder remains unsolved

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A daughter is still looking for answers one year after her father was murdered. “We need peace of mind. We need justice for my father even though it won’t bring him back,” said Keana Matthews-Cruz, whose father, Jonathon Cruz, was shot and killed one year ago Friday inside his home. The crime happened on 77th Street near The Paseo.  Friday afternoon Matthews-Cruz shared her pain and her fond memories of her dad with FOX 4’s Robert Townsend. […]

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    Prosecutor announces murder charges in Independence gas station shooting

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Prosecutors charged Shawn M. Hughes, 37, of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection to the Nov. 12th shooting death of 26-year-old Bobby L. Mullins II of Versailles, Mo. As Hughes was walked into the Jackson County Courthouse in Independence, Hughes shouted out toward reporters. “Independence is the most crooked police department ever!” When someone asked if he “did it,” Hughes claimed he didn’t know what he was being charged with. According to court documents, Hughes […]

  • Sedalia couple accused of endangering their six-week-old baby

    SEDALIA, Mo. – The mother and father of a six-week-old baby were arrested after the infant was found with severe injuries. Patricia Marquess’ 35-year-old son, Jesse Marquess, and his 21-year-old girlfriend, Tabitha Stark, are now facing charges after paramedics rushed their six-week-old baby boy to the hospital. “It’s hard. I’m worried sick because I’ve got a bad heart and I don’t want this to throw me into a heart attack,” said Patricia. On Saturday night police arrested the pair at […]