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
  • Sneaky thief caught on camera stealing Kansas City man’s moped scooter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s truly one caper of a crime that’s left cops and 22-year-old Raven Cruze scratching their heads. ”It’s just unbelievable, and I’m really mad, disappointed, kind of heart broke. It was something that I really loved,” Cruze said Friday during an exclusive interview with FOX4. For more than two months, Cruze invested a lot of money, time and hard work sprucing up his scooter. He gave his old 49-cc scooter a fresh, new look that made him […]

  • Off-duty KC cop didn’t hesitate to tackle suspect firing gun into Westport crowd

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It started out as a routine walk in Westport for off-duty KCPD Officer Cody Halterman. ”I mean a lot of the bars had just let out, and I was just walking down the street,” Halterman said. Within seconds, the Kansas City policeman heard several gunshots. “I saw him pull the black, semi-automatic handgun from his front waistband with his left hand, and then he fired at several times into the crowd,” Halterman said Thursday during an exclusive […]

  • Family, police worried about 43-year-old KC woman missing for nearly a week

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Wednesday, worried family members spent another agonizing afternoon walking in the summer heat, knocking on doors and passing out fliers with their loved one’s pictures. Heavy on their hearts was one question: Where is Meshon Cooper-Williams? ”She is a loving person. She has never been the type of person that would just run off, you know, where we wouldn’t hear from her,” said Cooper-Williams’ niece, Darnsisha Harris. Meshon Cooper-Williams is 43 years old. She has a […]

  • Independence mom charged for allegedly not getting medical help for baby after abuse

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence mom is now facing charges a week after Jackson County prosecutors say her boyfriend abused her baby. Prosecutors have charged 20-year-old Jorden Schulenberg with two counts of child endangerment, arguing she failed to get medical treatment for her 1-year-old son. Last week, the little boy was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital with numerous bruises and life-threatening injuries. The Independence mother’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Carlos Alaniz, admitted to police he beat the little boy because he wouldn’t […]

  • ‘I will walk again’: Metro mom run over by ex-boyfriend’s van working toward recovery

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Many people didn’t think Angela Owens would survive, but the KCK mom defied the odds. ”I just think I am lucky to be alive. I am a miracle,” Owens said Monday during an exclusive interview with FOX4. The 38-year-old said she’s doing well considering less than a month ago she suffered life-threatening injuries. Owens left the hospital Tuesday and went home. ”Better now that I’m home with my kids,” she said. But her daughter said her mom is […]

  • Officials search for 2 suspects after nearly a dozen shots fired at Leavenworth County deputy

    MCLOUTH, Kan. — Officials spent Friday night searching for two suspects who allegedly fired nearly a dozen shots at a Leavenworth County deputy. For several hours Friday night, deputies, police officers and Kansas troopers fanned out near 4-H Road and 243rd Street in rural Leavenworth County. The law enforcement officers scoured the rural area of McLouth, Kansas, from an airplane, on the grounds with canines and in a variety of vehicles. Their mission: try to find the man and woman […]

  • Residents pack city meeting as new fire protection change in Lansing sparks hot debate

    LANSING, Kan. — A hot button issue has a many residents and city workers fired up in Lansing. ”It’s all under one control now. It’s under the fire district, and the city needs to leave it alone,” said Jim Murphy, a longtime Lansing resident and former firefighter. ”When you start talking about public safety and the safety of their families, people get interested,” said Dean Moburg, the chairman of Leavenworth County Fire District One Board. Lansing city officials said, for […]

  • Fourth of July no holiday for Kansas City cops on the beat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Police Officer Kelsey Wingate and her partner, Officer Uriel Ojeda knew all kinds of calls would keep them on the go on Fourth Of July. ”It’s just so hot outside and from all the fireworks, alcohol and parties. We will be busy,” Officer Wingate said. ”You never know what’s gonna happen. You just come in prepared. You know that it’s gonna be busy with the holiday, “ Officer Ojeda said. On Wednesday FOX4 rode […]

  • Holiday revelers pack KC’s historic Jazz District for pre-Fourth of July party

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A lot of good food, free music that kept kids kicking up their heels and a spectacular fireworks show: It all added up to a festive, pre-Fourth of July event Tuesday night that attracted about 2,500 people to Kansas City’s historic Jazz District. ”It’s our first time and we are just having a good time,” Ken Johnson said. ”It’s just a special time when we come together and celebrate our freedom, our country and at the same […]

  • Steamed Kansas City tenants tired of hot units

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the last month, 61-year-old Willie Mae Jackson said she hasn’t been able to relax in her Kansas City apartment. ”When  you come home from work you just want to relax and take it easy. I haven’t been able to do that for a long time especially during all this summer time heat. It’s awful because right now my thermostat shows it’s 83 degrees in here,” Jackson said during an interview from her hot apartment. ”I’ve […]

  • Kansas City firefighters press on amid sweltering summer heat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you were outside at any moment Thursday afternoon in Kansas City then you were caught in the baking heat and stifling humidity,   imagine how it felt if you had to carry heavy equipment and wear thick, suits that weigh 45 pounds or more. ”We come out here and we try to stay hydrated early, early in this shift, “ Deputy Chief Jimmy Walker, with the Kansas City Fire Department, said. On Thursday when the temperature […]

  • Family still praying for woman’s recovery after ex-boyfriend allegedly ran her over

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two weeks after the frightening ordeal, the 39-year-old mother of six is still in the hospital. Family members say Angela Owens and her fiance both suffered severe injuries. Relatives say Angela Owens is in this hospital with injuries that almost took her life — injuries they say she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. “I cry myself to sleep at night,” Angela’s mom, Sandra James-Hicks, said. Sandra James-Hicks said she’s had many sleepless nights. She cannot […]