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
  • Friends, family gather to remember two men found dead at Longview Lake

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than a dozen people united Friday night at Longview Lake to remember two young men who were taken too soon. Michael Brewer was just 29. Keith Wasmer was 25. Many of the mourners were relatives of Brewer. A couple of Wasmer’s friends were in the crowd that was visibly saddened. ”I knew he always loved me,” Faithe Neary said about her cousin, Michael Brewer. Neary led a prayer during the vigil. ”Michael was always joking around, always […]

  • New diverse group aims to tackle crime in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dozens of activists, clergy, city leaders and concerned citizens gathered Thursday night with a common goal: develop ways to stomp out Kansas City’s crime problem. On April 5, 2014 Alonzo Thomas IV was shot and killed outside his family’s home near 71st and Wayne in Kansas City. ”It’s constant every day pain and struggle. You have your ups and downs. It’s an emotional roller coaster,” Thomas’ mother Monique Willis said. Four years after losing her only child, […]

  • Families fear 2 bodies found near Longview Lake may be their missing loved ones

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You could see the worry, fear and tears on the faces of the families of 25-year-old Keith Wasmer and 29-year-old Michael Brewer. “It’s the waiting I think is the hardest part,” said Shannon Wasmer, Keith’s mom. ”I just have a lot of holes you know that I’m looking for information to fill,” said Jeff Brewer, Michael’s dad. On Wednesday, two bodies were found deep in the woods near Longview Lake. Police have not yet confirmed the identities of […]

  • Good Samaritan rescues dog thrown from truck in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A dog got lucky Tuesday morning in Independence, or at least as lucky as you can be after getting tossed out of a moving truck. On Tuesday morning, Mike Gehring started out on what initially was an uneventful drive through Independence. Gehring said he was taking a friend to a store when he couldn’t believe what he saw. ”We were heading eastbound on Truman near Northern Avenue. The white pickup swerved to the left lane, and then […]

  • Neighbors shocked after 7-month-old baby shot during backyard party

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drive around 16th and Lawn in Kansas City, and you’ll see it’s a typical neighborhood full of children. ”I wouldn’t want my child to be in something like that. It’s just so sad,” Katelyn Womack said. Womack and other parents are angry after hearing a 7-month-old baby was shot in her lower leg and rushed to the hospital. ”If it was my child, I would have been heartbroken. I would have been like devastated,” Womack said. Kansas […]

  • Neighbor ‘shocked’ to hear about Olathe teacher’s death amid child porn investigation

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Hours after FOX4’s Shannon O’Brien broke a story about  an Olathe East High School art teacher police say took his own life after being investigated for child pornography, FOX4’s Robert Townsend took the allegation to John Derby’s neighbors in Overland Park. ”That’s just a big shock,” Cutter Genenbacher said. Genenbacher lives just doors away from where Derby lived. “It’s just a shock because of the close proximity of our apartments. I never really talked to him or […]

  • Huge crowd gathers to remember murdered KCK girl on what would have been her 14th birthday

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — For nearly four years now, people have placed flowers, stuffed animals and cards outside a now vacant, bullet-riddled house at the corner of 15th and New Jersey in Kansas City, Kansas. On Thursday night, family and friends tied even more balloons at the memorial on what would have been Machole Stewart’s 14th birthday. ”Machole was more than my granddaughter. She was like my daughter. She was always with me. I miss her a lot. She was […]

  • Baffled neighbors pray for Shawnee man stabbed and beaten to death

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — It was a somber sight in what’s typically a positive, quiet Shawnee neighborhood filled with families. On Wednesday night, more than a dozen moms, dads and their kids held hands, bowed their heads and prayed for David Paterno and his family. ”This is just so very sad. I feel sorry for him and his family. This really has disturbed the peace here,” one neighbor said. Police say what “disturbed the peace” in the cul-de-sac happened just after 1 […]

  • Metro father & son fuming after students accused of ‘trespassing’ at Olathe North

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The event started out as a fun one for 17-year-old Syi Sipple and several  of his friends. ”We all saw a post on Facebook and then decided to go there just to play basketball. That’s all we did, “ Sipple told FOX4 Tuesday during an exclusive interview from his family’s home in Kansas City, Kan. Sipple said for nearly three weeks students have been posting on Facebook about pickup games played at Olathe North High School. […]

  • Residents echo Kansas City’s mayor growing frustration with gun violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two weeks ago, Teaonna McDaniel’s 18-year-old brother, Antonio James, was shot and killed while sitting in his sister’s car near 59th and Swope Parkway in Kansas City. As of Monday night, police had not arrested Jones’ killer or determined a motive for the young, honor student’s tragic death. “It’s just ridiculous and frustrating. Innocent people with so much potential are dying. People are getting robbed. The crimes keep happening,” McDaniel said. She’s not the only one […]

  • 2 women shot on Bellefontaine with 1-year-old in car allegedly in area for drug deal

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two women who were shot Thursday night in Kansas City were allegedly in the area for a drug deal, a police source tells FOX4 — and they had a one-year-old with them. The 19-year-old driver from Olathe had her daughter with them Thursday night when they arrived at 43rd and Bellefontaine. The source said the women were sitting in an SUV when two men with guns walked up hoping to buy marijuana from the driver. However, within […]

  • After 14 shot in 48 hours, outcry against gun violence heard loud and clear in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Residents, community activists and police have all had enough of what some fear has become the norm in Kansas City: deadly shootings and gun violence. ”I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never seen so many crimes like this back to back,” Enjoli Collier said. Just outside the cleaners where she works near 59th and Swope Parkway, Collier watched members of KC Mothers in Charge, Moms Demand Action and several other concerned citizens demonstrate Thursday […]