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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, 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
  • Metro plumber shares tips to prevent freezing pipes as temperatures fall in metro

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Most people probably don’t think about their water pipes — until those things suddenly freeze. Temperatures are expected to take a big dip this weekend when another snow storm blows our way. At APW Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Leawood, owner Dixie Williford expects busy to pick up after the temperatures fall dramatically. ”Fortunately today the temperature just isn’t that low yet for pipes to really start freezing. Yes, we expect those calls to start coming in this […]

  • Great Plains SPCA to end partnership with Jackson County animal shelter, close Merriam vet clinic

    MERRIAM, Kan. — The Great Plains SPCA will end its management of the Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter and close its veterinary clinic in Merriam, the organization said Wednesday. In a letter to employees, President and CEO Tam Singer and  Board Chair Chuck Laue said the decision was made because “it is no longer fiscally prudent for us to continue to run the shelter.” The letter also said they have given six-months notice to Jackson County, and they will participate […]

  • KC auto mechanics swarmed with storm-related repairs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the last few days, the phones at Rich Industries in Kansas City have been ringing non-stop thanks to a recent snow storm. “When snow happens, we get busy. A couple of days I’ve not even been able to get lunch. It’s crazy,” auto mechanic and salesman Joe Richardson said. Ever since a big snow storm blanketed the Metro area Friday and Saturday Richardson’s 51-year-old family-run shop has been busy with a variety of weather-related car […]

  • KC mom frustrated, police investigating after school bus shot at with kids on board

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Krystal Luster is counting her blessings. “I’m just so thankful that my kids are all OK. My two boys were on that bus. One was sitting right in the area where the bullet hit. My daughter would have been on the bus, too, in that same area. But luckily by the grace of God, she got sick that day and came home early,” Luster said during an exclusive interview with FOX4. The KC mom said last Tuesday […]

  • Busy crews urge drivers to be cautious, watch for emergency vehicles on snowy roads

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Driving in these snowy conditions can definitely be risky and even dangerous. No one knows that better than emergency responders. All day and night, MoDOT emergency response worker Hector Ortiz has been on the go. He and his team are driving all around the Kansas City area in the middle of a winter storm. They’re checking out everything from weather-related crashes and hit-and-runs to vehicles stalled by the storm. All that was just the beginning of […]

  • Shawnee mom devastated after thieves caught on camera in her stolen SUV

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jennifer McLaughlin’s blood boils every time she looks at surveillance video she says shows young thieves at a gas station in her stolen  SUV. “It’s more than anger. It’s fear,” the Shawnee mom said. “I mean they stole my car which had my debit cards, cell phone and driver’s license in it. All I was doing was dropping off my sick child at my mom’s house.” Last Friday was supposed to be a fun, happy time for […]

  • Former De Soto-area fire chief charged for allegedly manipulating sick, vacation time

    DE SOTO, Kan. — The former fire chief of a district based in De Soto is now facing charges. Michael Whim served as the chief of the Northwest Consolidated Fire District in De Soto for more than three years. On Monday, Johnson County prosecutors charged the 56-year-old with two counts of “unlawfully and feloniously using his computer to devise a scheme.” Sources say Whim is “accused of manipulating his sick and vacation time entry” in July and October 2016. When […]

  • Despite playoff history, ecstatic fans ready for Chiefs-Colts showdown at Arrowhead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’re still a few days away from the showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium, but fans are already pumped. “I am super excited. I can’t wait,” Becky Harris said. “I am ready. It’s redemption time for our Chiefs. Let’s roll,” Gheia Turk said. A huge, enthusiastic crowd turned out in Olathe for a playoff preview party of sorts. During the live radio broadcast of the “Chiefs Kingdom Show,” fans decked […]

  • Thieves break into 25 cars overnight at three Northland apartment complexes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Friday morning, 25-year-old Tarlue Yaryee started his day as usual. He woke up bright and early completed his routine and dashed out the front door of his building at Briar Hill Apartments in the Northland. “Yeah, it was around 5:30, and I was just getting ready to go to work,” Yaryee said. But the automotive technician never made it to work thanks to some thieves who ruined his day. “I just couldn’t believe. I came outside […]

  • Vandals hit beloved park honoring cancer survivors near Kansas City Plaza

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From a distance, you wouldn’t immediately notice what a vandal or vandals recently did at Bloch Cancer Survivors Park. Step a little closer and you’ll see somebody recently ripped out dozens of colorful tiles on a memorial wall and threw them on the ground. But that’s not all. The heartless criminals also scribbled graffiti on at least two of the three decorated displays. “This is really a pretty sad statement about our city that visitors and other […]

  • Two people suffer life-threatening injuries in double shooting near 12th and Chestnut

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man and a woman were critically injured Wednesday night in a double shooting in Kansas City, officials say. The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. Wednesday near 12th and Chestnut. Police said the two victims were in a car when they were shot at. Police said both the victims suffered life-threatening injuries. After the woman was injured, police said she got out of the bullet-riddled car and staggered down several streets. A passerby picked up […]

  • Frustrated KC residents say NYE celebratory gunfire damaged their vehicles, homes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a huge hassle that nobody wants to deal with, especially on New Year’s Day. “We were just having a good get together with the family, enjoying the New Year. We then heard a big, crashing clank sound. We really didn’t know what it was,” Donald Clark said. Clark later discovered that just after the stroke of midnight, amid all the celebratory gunfire outside his home near 23rd and Stark, a stray bullet caused a lot of […]