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
  • KCPS superintendent rallies for more male mentors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eleven-year-old Jake Escareno and his buddies have a lot in common. The boys love playing basketball, having fun and being outside. However, the one thing thy’re missing is a mentor. ”I think it would be nice to have to help guide me and do the things I like to do,” Jake said. ”I just like to be full of kindness and be playful. You know play football with me and stuff, “said  11-year-old Damian Buenrostro. ”We […]

  • Blue Springs residents worry about safety of neighbor with developmental disabilities

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Sabrina Knoch is worried and frustrated. She says twice in the last month a man with developmental disabilities, who lives near Knoch’s Blue Springs cul de sac, has walked away from his  home all alone — even though a local company is supposed to be caring for him. “It’s supposed to be supervised all the time, but you can never tell. My concerns ultimately are for the safety of this individual. His caregivers told me he’s in […]

  • Family canvasses area where KC man was murdered 7 years ago, hoping for clues to case

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With his 6-year-old grandson by his side, Maurice Robinson pounded the pavement and knocked on doors Monday near 24th and Indiana in Kansas City. Robinson’s on an emotional mission. Monday afternoon, he and his  family and teamed up with KC Mothers in Charge and returned to the neighborhood where his son was murdered more than seven years ago. ”I just want justice for my son. I hope if anyone saw something, was possibly a witness, come forward […]

  • Kansas City’s 3 renowned haunted houses open for another season in West Bottoms

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Let the fright begin! Bloody ghouls, wicked witches and all kinds of creepy demons are on the prowl once again in the West Bottoms. Friday night was the start of a new Halloween season for Kansas City’s three nationally recognized haunted houses: The Beast, The Edge of Hell and Macabre Cinema. FOX4’s Robert Townsend braved the frights Friday night at The Beast. Watch the sneak peak in the video player above! For the last 44 years, people […]

  • Family, friends hold vigil for young father killed outside KC nightclub

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Under a beautiful blue sky, hundreds of hurting family and friends gathered Thursday night near 18th and Highland in Kansas City’s Jazz District to remember a young father they say died too soon. ”It’s very devastating. I’m very heartbroken. My heart is torn into pieces,” Cynthia Thompson said. Gary Starr was Thompson’s only son and the oldest of her two children. Relatives say Starr was preparing to go to school to become a barber. ”It does’t seem […]

  • KC woman killed crossing 71 Highway in wheelchair was days from daughter’s wedding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Denise Morris says her god-sister, Andrea Gardner, had a winning personality, loved to have fun and cherished her family. ”She had three beautiful kids and several grandchildren. Andrea was very outgoing. She also loved to laugh and make you laugh,” Morris said. On Monday when she last saw Gardner, an excited Andrea was preparing for her daughter’s wedding on Saturday. ”She was really looking forward to it. She rode a bus to a friend’s house, I think, […]

  • Kansas City Chiefs’ new defensive lineman and Grandview native ‘getting his day’

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — By now, scores of metro football fans probably know the name Xavier Williams. “It’s just been an amazing journey the whole time through. It’s been great coming back home. The love and support that I’ve received since I returned has been great,” Williams said Tuesday night. The 26-year-old is a Grandview native. He excelled on the wrestling and football teams at Grandview High School. He also made a name for himself at the University of Northern Iowa — […]

  • Residents vow they won’t let recent gun violence ruin KC’s historic Jazz District

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the last 17 years, Cathie Moss has proudly worked at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City’s historic Jazz District. ”I love it. I consider it my second home. I consider it a treasure for Kansas City, Missouri, and I would hate to see it get a  bad reputation for something that it’s not. It is not a violent area,” Moss said. In the past month, it appears gun-carrying criminals have tried to tarnish what […]

  • KCPD officer’s actions questioned in Westport fight between women caught on camera

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Raquel Diaz and her sister were all aghast as they watched cell phone video that’s flooding Facebook and leaving lots of folks wondering if a Kansas City police officer crossed the line, or was he just doing his job? ”I don’t think he had to go like karate chop her. I think he should’ve just pulled her away,” Raquel Diaz said. ”He is using excessive force I think because of the way he’s hitting her. The […]

  • Worker rescued after being trapped in trench at construction site in Blue Springs

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A worker has been rescued after he was trapped in a trench for hours Monday afternoon on a job site in Blue Springs. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. at a construction site near 7 Highway and S.W. Moreland School Road. Emergency crews rescued the man around 6:20 p.m. Officials said the man was already in the trench, working on a sewer line, when he fell and broke his leg. He was trapped about 12-15 feet down. “I […]

  • Kansas City church ‘Rocks the City’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On a hot Friday night, Tina Downey could have been at a movie, out to dinner or at home relaxing with her family. Instead, Downey teamed up with her church family to “Rock the City.” ”We have been doing this for almost three years now. It’s very fulfilling. We say rock the city because we really want to make an impact,” Downey said. All week members of City Of Truth Church in Kansas City have given back […]

  • Lawrence police officer charged after allegedly shooting man during traffic stop

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Lawrence police officer is now facing charges after prosecutors say she shot a man during a traffic stop. Officer Brindley Blood has been charged with reckless aggravated battery in the shooting of Akira Lewis. On May 29, prosecutors say Officer Ian McCann was on patrol when he spotted an SUV where it appeared the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt on New Hampshire Street. McCann initiated a traffic stop and the driver, later identified as Lewis, […]