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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
  • Heap of trash at one Old Northeast intersection leaves KC inspector dumbfounded

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A longtime illegal dumping investigator says he’s never seen anything like it in Kansas City. On Friday, FOX4’s Robert Townsend showed Alan Ashurst two massive, commercial tires filled with sand, dozens of dirty food boxes, crumpled soda cans, lots of limbs and much more near a busy intersection at Independence and Ewing on the city’s Old Northeast side. “Good Lord, I’ve never seen this before. I mean how do you get those in there?” a dumbfounded Alan Ashurst […]

  • Fire on school bus carrying three students the latest problem for embattled KC Premier

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a frightening ride no doubt for three charter school students in Kansas City. Investigators say Thursday afternoon a KC Premier Transportation driver was taking the students home when her school bus broke down and flames immediately shot out from the hood. “Yeah, it’s a very scary situation for those kids I’m sure and, you know, the parents involved,” said Capt. Jimmy Walker with the Kansas City Fire Department. Investigators said the fire started in […]

  • After shooting near school, Highlands Elementary says thank you to first responders

    MISSION, Kan. — More than two months after police say a gunman opened fire near their school, Highlands Elementary students said thank you the first responders who kept them safe. The school’s boys and girls made a special video for all emergency responders, but they especially had one DARE officer and his fellow officers in mind. It was a terrifying day for students, teachers and staff that afternoon on March. Police said 26-year-old Dyland Ruffin fired at officers and the […]

  • An overcrowded KC Pet Project packed with record number of stray dogs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dogs, dogs and more dogs keep piling into KC Pet Project’s animal shelter on Raytown Road. In the past two months, a record number of strays have come through the doors of the Jackson County no-kill shelter. “We are trying our very best to move as fast as we can,” says Tori Fugate, spokesperson at KC Pet Project. However, morning, noon and night countless citizens and Kansas City animal control officers keep dropping off the lost pit […]

  • College student from KC electrocuted in Texas remembered as selfless, gentleman

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ariel Brookbank says her brother loved life, people and the outdoors. She says her baby brother was also a true gentleman. “He was very sweet, very fun and very caring. He always got my door. He was super chivalrous and everyone says, ‘Jed never knew a stranger,'” Ariel said of her little brother, Jedidiah Brookbank. That’s one of the many things she’ll remember about the KC native, tragically killed when he was electrocuted in north Texas […]

  • Overland Park man makes risky move, follows two people he says stole his motorcycle

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Reid Jolly loves showing off the pictures of his 2014 Harley Davidson Fatboy. “It’s a lot of fun to ride. It has a unique color and stands out. It’s a cool black and sandy color, so it’s a pretty rare paint,” Jolly said. But two weeks ago in the middle of the night, while Jolly was sound asleep, somebody stole his motorcycle. It was parked in its usual space outside the Overland Park man’s condo. “My […]

  • Housing authority hits landlord with list of issues at rental KC mom calls unsafe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One day after a FOX4 investigation into the conditions of a KC mom’s rental  home, an inspector with the Kansas City Housing Authority showed up Thursday and checked out the house. In less than 30 minutes, the inspector said he didn’t find any safety or health issues. However, he said he did spot “several deficiencies” inside the home near 55th and Tracy Avenue. “He said my landlord needs to fix the holes in the bottom of the […]

  • ‘A leaking nightmare’: KC mom battles landlord over conditions of rental home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A heated battle is brewing between a KC mom and her landlord. Last July, Malekia Morton moved into a Section 8 house near 55th and Tracy Avenue in Kansas City, excited to make a fresh start for herself, her 11-year-old son and her 3-year-old daughter. However, within a few months: “It just seems like everything started leaking,” Morton said. She said the place she had hoped to turn into her dream home became a leaking nightmare. […]

  • Nine years later, family still praying for justice in KC man’s unsolved murder

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Monday marked a difficult day for the family of Michael Rhodes. “I don’t even want to think about it. That day was the worst day of my life,” said Fonteshia Rhodes as she burst into tears just thinking about May 6, 2010. That was the day somebody shot her 20-year-old boyfriend in his back while he was hanging out with a friend at a Kansas City gas station. “I told him not to got,” Fonteshia said. […]

  • Metro family mourns beloved dog after neighbor admits to shooting him

    JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — Dinna Baker and her family adored everything about their 2-year-old dog, Jax. “He had a big, huge personality that commanded attention from everyone. He slept with us every night in our bed. Holidays and things like that, he was super engaged, and that’s what made him so special,” Baker said with tears in her eyes. Now, the family is heartbroken. “He was not just a pet. He was one of our family members. I can’t bear […]

  • Kansas City veteran rides wheelchair to dialysis appointment after battling VA Medical Center

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terry Roberson and his wife, Sandra, are furious. It’s after Terry, a Marine Corps veteran, had to take some desperate measures to keep his dialysis appointment on Wednesday. “I’m upset, frustrated and disappointed,” said the Kansas City veteran. “Yes, I am mad. I’m very mad and that’s why I posted the video live on Facebook on Wednesday. I want people to see it,” said Sandra Roberson. Sandra posted video of her husband riding his motorized wheelchair […]

  • Family worried about Independence man missing for nearly six months

    It's been an agonizing time for the family of Stephen Maybir. They haven't seen him in nearly six months.

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