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
  • Gun violence on 71 Highway has drivers and Kansas City police concerned

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — So far this year, there have been more than a half dozen shootings on 71 Highway in Kansas City. Police said last Saturday, a 22-year-old man and another driver flashed their lights at each other, repeatedly honked and then both shot at each other. Investigators say the suspect first fired twice at the victim near 27th Street and 71 Highway. The victim — a state public safety officer — then shot back four times before calling 911. […]

  • Single moms, families pack Kansas City homeless shelters to escape cold snap

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The potentially dangerous, pre-winter chill pushed many homeless people into metro area shelters. Kim Clays said, more than a year ago, her husband suddenly left her and her two teenage boys. The worried mom didn’t have any relatives or close friends she could lean on, so Clay turned to City Union Mission’s Family Center for help. ”We’ve had nothing but love, support and care here at this place. This has meant the world to us. My sons […]

  • Belton Boy Scouts camp out in cardboard boxes on cold night to learn more about homeless

    BELTON, Mo. — On a Friday night, you might expect eight boys from Belton to be at a movie,  at home playing video games or just out having fun. But, no. Easton Bardwell and his buddies with Boy Scouts Troop 1160 were busy preparing for a special project in the frigid cold. ”Yeah I’m ready for the cold. I can handle,” Easton said. For weeks, the middle- and high-schoolers have been counting down the days to their big adventure. They camped out […]

  • Friend of KC woman allegedly killed by husband says she feared for her safety

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a KC man was charged Thursday in his wife’s murder, one of the woman’s friends says she always feared something terrible would happen to her. Heather Mosbacher remembers her friend Tabitha Birdsong as a “sweet, soft spoken soul” who loved to write poetry and had a huge heart. The pair became best friends 13 years ago. ”Tabby was always excited and willing to help anybody that she could. She was so, so sweet,” Mosbacher said […]

  • Grief-stricken KCK dad says 11-year-old son shot brother before shooting himself

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ride through the neighborhood near North 85th Street and 85th Terrace in KCK, and you’ll likely see the sadness on so many faces. People are feeling a local family’s pain, especially the patriarch who’s grieving and at a loss for words. “It’s just hard. I don’t know what to say,” the father said Wednesday outside his home. On Tuesday night, the father received a heartbreaking and unbelievable phone call from one of his kids. He said he […]

  • KC firefighter charged with domestic assault after allegedly fracturing girlfriend’s ribs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City firefighter is now charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault. Court documents say 38-year-old Joseph Valdiviez’s girlfriend told police that he “placed both hands around her neck and choked her until she passed out” on Oct. 29. The 37-year-old woman didn’t initially report that incident to police. Two nights later, on Halloween, the woman said she and Valdiviez left a Raytown bar after arguing and went home. On their way home, the woman said Valdiviez […]

  • Trick-or-treating teen hit by car on Halloween recovering from serious injuries

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brittany McClure has always loved celebrating Halloween and making her own costume. ”This year she dressed up as a cat that’s been in a cat fight. Making her own costume is her way of using her imagination, and she just loves hanging out, having fun with her friends,” said Brittany’s mom, Amy Evans. On Wednesday night, Brittany put on her cat costume, left her home in the Northland and went trick-or-treating with her 15- and 17-year-old friends. […]

  • One year later, family fears Kansas City dad’s murder may go cold

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One year ago, John Jones told his wife he’d stop by a store before he drove home. ”I talked to him around 4:35 p.m. I don’t know where he was, but he just said he’d go by the store for me because I was making dinner,” said Jones’ wife, Kenyada Jones. He never made it home. About 30 minutes after talking to his wife, police said Jones drove his wife’s car through 16th and Lister when at […]

  • Police: Missing KCK woman found safe

    *Update: Police said on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 that Sheree Brown has been found safe. They did not release any further details. KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Family and police are searching for a KCK woman who hasn’t been seen in more than two weeks. Wednesday night, Sheree Brown’s family came to her neighborhood near 7th and Garfield in KCK, passing out flyers, hoping the 62-year-old will be found alive and safe. Brown’s mother tells FOX4 she last spoke with her daughter […]

  • After a bullet grazes her son, Shawnee mom says apartment won’t let her out of lease

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — On the night of Sept. 24, Meghann Callies says one minute she was in bed watching TV. Her two sons near here playing video games. ”All of a sudden we heard, ‘Pop, pop, pop’ and I shouted to my boys to get down on the floor and be quiet. The next thing I saw were bullet holes in my bedroom, my bedroom door, my wood framed mirror and in the wall in the hallway,” Callies said. Callies and […]

  • Tenants fed up with frequent elevator woes at KCK high-rise apartment

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — From the outside, everything looks pretty normal and peaceful at Wyandotte Towers near 9th and Washington in KCK. However, talk to a frustrated Holly Duff and other tenants,and you’ll learn there’s a safety issue at the high-rise apartment building that has people growing angry. ”It doesn’t make any sense. It’s very frustrating for us to keep having to go through this. We pay rent, and things don’t get fixed,” Duff said. ”The one elevator that’s working, […]

  • After sister’s death, KC business owner on mission to raise awareness of domestic violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thanksgiving is a month away and, of course, for many it’s traditionally a festive, celebratory time. But not for the owner of Brick House KC. “It once was always a fun holiday, you know. We always had good food to go around. It’s kind of depressing  now,” Jimmy Benjamin said. Four years ago on Thanksgiving Day, Benjamin’s sister, Michelle Benjamin-Biro, was killed in Blue Springs. The 31-year-old accountant was the victim of a murder-suicide. “She was always […]