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
  • One man dies in shooting near 35th and Olive in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man has died Friday night after a shooting in Kansas City. Police said the deadly shooting happened near 35th and Olive just after 8:30 p.m. Neighbors said they heard multiple shots, according to police. KCPD spokesman Darin Snapp said officers were in the area at the time and heard the gunshots. When they got to the scene, the found the man injured in the street. The man was initially taken to the hospital with life-threatening […]

  • ‘I was not giving up’: KCK mom run over by ex’s van makes miraculous recovery

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Last summer, no one thought Angela Owens would walk again after her ex-boyfriend allegedly ran her over three times. But the determined KCK mom has now proven them wrong and made an incredible comeback. It’s been 10 months since Owens experienced what she called the most terrifying day of her life. “I just remember being pinned between the bike and the van. I was scared!” she told FOX4 in July 2018. Owens told police she and […]

  • 17-year-old who claimed pastor pointed a gun at him is now charged with making terroristic threats

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors filed charges Friday against a local teen who allegedly make terroristic threats against a south Kansas City church. They also charged the teen with fourth-degree assault and first-degree trespassing. FOX4 first shared the story in March after the teen said the pastor pointed a gun at him. At that time, Pastor Frank Ross told FOX4 that 17-year-old Quinton Graham visited Apostolic Revival Church and made “terroristic threats against his congregation.” That teen told FOX4 the […]

  • Manhole left uncovered for days at busy KC intersection in Historic Northeast

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been a puzzling and potentially dangerous safety hazard for days at a busy intersection in the Historic Northeast area in Kansas City. “Yeah, they should at least fix it,” neighbor Anthony Cordon said. He’s scratching his head. He can’t believe that at least since Sunday, five days now, a manhole just down the street from his home near Independence and Ewing hasn’t been covered. “Look at that hole. The manhole cover just looks broken down […]

  • State inspectors discover school buses with ‘safety hazards and defects’ at KC Premier

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — State inspectors say when it comes to safety, nearly half of the school buses at KC Premier in the Old Northeast area of Kansas City fail the test. “Their work ethics are horrible,” Evonne McNutt said. She has nothing good to say about the company. McNutt said from November of last year until early March she worked as a bus monitor for KC Premier. However, after just five months she had enough. “I quit because it […]

  • KCK high school’s ‘Poetically X-Plosive’ prepares to explode on national stage

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. —  Some students at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science are using their passion for poetry to inspire others and make history. They’re young, talented and extremely ambitious. “It’s so much fun for so many different reasons. I want to be listened to instead of ignored,” said 11th grader Ashlynn Freeman, who’s also the co-captain of Poetically X-Plosive. “It’s just so cool. I enjoy it also. I love going on stage,” said Eunice Panama, the team’s captain. […]

  • Teen in critical condition after shooting, crash near 63rd and The Paseo

    UPDATE: Teen dies from injuries following shooting, crash near 63rd and The Paseo KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a double shooting that’s left a teen critically injured Friday night. Officials said the shooting happened near 63rd Street and The Paseo. According to KC police, one of the victims said they were in an SUV in the area when a man started shooting at them as they were driving. They lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the […]

  • Lenexa neighbors praying for 12-year-old girl hit by SUV, critically injured

    LENEXA, Kan. — Angie Prendergast holds back tears as she thinks about the awful incident that happened to her daughter’s 12-year-old friend. “My daughter and her are good friends. It’s really concerning and sad,” Prendergast said. She said Wednesday afternoon a child who lives across the street ran over to her home and told her that the girl had been hit by a car. Theresa Decker told officers at the scene she witnessed the crash near West 90th Street and Lackman […]

  • After weekend of violence, residents and leaders worry about rise in KC homicides

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Richard and Candy Conner have lived near 43rd and Indiana in Kansas City for the last 20 years. The couple lives in the home where Richard grew up. “Down the street where the childcare is now, it used to be a grocery story. We used to walk down there every day for groceries. A pharmacy used to be where the convenience store is, and we utilized it all. We didn’t have any problems or issues,” Richard […]

  • Devastated family mourns ‘happy-go-lucky’ 3-year-old hit and killed by gas truck

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a heart-wrenching tragedy that stunned witnesses, police and especially the family of Jayden Courtney. The 3-year-old died last week after he was hit by a utility truck in downtown Kansas City. His family still can’t believe he’s gone. “Jayden was a fun, happy-go-lucky kid who loved smiling. He really loved his dinosaurs. He’d play with them all the time. He had them surrounding him at home, and he even had dinosaur pajamas,” Marlo Thomas […]

  • KC woman’s ‘Hope Hangout’ offers teens a safe place to have fun and grow

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thanks to one woman, something really special is happening inside a southeast KC church, and it’s having a big impact on local teenagers. At the end of another school day, 16-year-old Shurniqua Miles and her friends had a lot of fun in a small section of Bethel Family Worship Center. “I love it. Like the first time I walked up in here, it was magic. I swear,” Shurniqua said. From playing ping pong and Uno, to […]

  • ‘Eyes on the ground’: Dozens gather for spotter training ahead of spring storm season

    LIBERTY, Mo. — They’re typically the ones who get the first glimpse or the first incredible video of a tornado, golf ball-sized hail or spectacular lighting strikes when bad weather strikes a community. “I really do like being ready for emergencies,” said Cathy Gabel of Trimble, Missouri. Two years ago, an EF-2 tornado ripped through the Smithville area, destroying homes and businesses and leaving behind massive damage. The big storm caused $40,000 damage to Gabel’s home. Ironically, that day Gabel was […]

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