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
  • State inspectors place more school buses out of service at KC Premier over safety concerns

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a FOX4 follow-up report, the Missouri State Highway Patrol returned to KC Premier Transportation on Monday and checked out its school buses with a fine-tooth comb. Six inspectors looked at more than a dozen of the Kansas City company’s buses for hours to make sure that they are safe to transport charter school students. A steady line of drivers pulled up in their school buses to have emergency lights, brakes, doors, practically all parts checked […]

  • KC grandma loves her free home repairs and urges others to check out program

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Spring is in the air, and for many, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your home. But for a lot of financially challenged people, that much-needed makeover is out of their reach. Many of them don’t know there’s a longtime program in Kansas City that helps homeowners with minor repairs — at no cost. For two years, Nora Karnes battled a nerve-wrecking problem. Every time it rained, the ceiling above her second-floor kitchen leaked and […]

  • Kansas City father dies after saving 2-year-old when gunfire rings out at picnic

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lamar Sharp was visiting a family friend when gunshots rang out. The KC dad ran outside to save the friend’s 2-year-old great grandson, but that’s when those bullets hit him instead. Charlotte Barner says her son had a heart of gold. “He was a wonderful son, a wonderful brother and a wonderful father. He was just all that in one. He loved his family,” Barner said. She said, like any dad, Sharp cherished his 13-year-old daughter. […]

  • KCK police shoot armed robbery suspect who fired at officers near 38th and State

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KCK police exchanged gunfire with an armed robbery suspect Thursday, and the suspect was injured, officials say. KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler said on Twitter that officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at CVS Pharmacy near 38th Street and State Avenue. Officers tell FOX4 that the man walked into the CVS and robbed the business, then ran outside and tried to get away. The suspect then fired at officers, who returned fire, hitting the […]

  • Independence sixth-grader heartbroken after burglar steals his Nintendo Switch

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. –Many kids can remember that one cool, terrific toy you just had to have on Christmas. “It was a special thing from my dad,” 12-year-old Cameron Hartwig said. For Cameron, it was a Nintendo Switch. The sixth-grader’s face lit up four months ago when his dad surprised him with it on Christmas morning. “He knew how much I wanted it, and he loved  seeing me smile with it. I just loved it, and it was the number one […]

  • Ruskin High senior surprised with full-ride scholarship to Avila University

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three weeks ago it started out as just a normal day at Ruskin High School for Helen Cadena. However, in a blink of an eye, Helen got the surprise of her life from her teacher. “I was just sitting there, and all of a sudden he said, ‘It’s my pleasure to present to you the Grow Your Own Scholarship.’ I just screamed, ‘I got it?’ He then said ‘Yes and congratulations!'” Helen recalled. The 17-year-old was instantly […]

  • 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. […]

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