Townsend covered his share of city beats and public meetings, business and labor (coverage for which he won two Press Association awards), crime, courts and features. In the course of court reporting, The Orange County Register published several of his courtroom illustrations as well.
His investigative work ranges from covering breaking news about an unarmed man shot to death by police, to forensically examining tax records to determine specific earnings for a huge, multinational corporation.
Townsend also sifted through hundreds of pages of court documents and police reports and conducted dozens of interviews to outline the organizational structure of the Orange County subsidiary of a Sinaloan drug cartel. For another story, he retraced a police investigation of an elderly millionaire who mysteriously disappeared shortly after his marriage to a sweetheart of his youth.
Townsend is also no stranger to science and technical reporting. In the course of three years and writing more than 100 articles that preceded the shutdown of a controversial nuclear plant, he became an expert on nuclear power from business, engineering, regulatory and political angles.
As a result, Townsend became a sought-after guest on local television and radio to explain the complexities of the troubled power plant.
See samples of Townsend’s work in the following PDF documents:
- Work Samples from the Orange County Register
- San Onofre Officials Aim to Justify Nuclear Restart – Business – San Clemente, CA Patch
- Loggins Shooting Was Avoidable, Police Experts Say – Police & Fire – San Clemente, CA Patch
- Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register Work Samples
Resume and Photography work samples: