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Bob Watson (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0245
Bob Watson primarily reports on Missouri state government, including the Legislature with a focus on the state Senate; the six statewide offices (governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer); and the courts at the trial, appeals and Supreme Court levels. He also covers the governing boards for Lincoln University in Jefferson City and the State Technical College of Missouri, Linn. He is based in Jefferson City and has lived in Missouri's capital since July 1974. He has worked in radio (1972-82), television (1982-89) and at the News Tribune since January 1989. Watson won the Missouri Bar's "Excellence in Journalism" award several times and has been part of News Tribune teams that have won awards from the Missouri Press and Kansas City Press associations. His journalism work began on his high school newspaper in St. Louis, and he's been covering news on at least a part-time basis since 1972 during his senior year in college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In high school, he wanted to be a teacher. In college, he realized journalism is another way — and better for him — to help people learn about the world around them.

East end Capitol repairs getting finished

Published Mar. 20 2019

The plastic wrap is coming down from the scaffolding on the east end of the Missouri Capitol — and it's...

Parson: Reorganization effort progressing

Published Mar. 20 2019

Gov. Mike Parson's plan to reorganize part of state government — especially intended to improve economic and workforce development —...

Rep. Veit: Revenue director's resignation leaves questions

Published Mar. 17 2019

State Rep. Rudy Veit is frustrated he and other lawmakers still don't know the state of Missouri's revenue picture —...

Joyce considers request to block Hawley subpoena in Sunshine case

Published Mar. 16 2019

After a 42-minute hearing Friday afternoon, Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce said she’ll consider how to rule on...

Senators renew road-and-bridge funding debate

Published Mar. 15 2019

Missouri’s lawmakers are heading into next week’s spring break with no clear agreement on Gov. Mike Parson’s proposal to use...

Legislation to move Capitol Police out of Public Safety advances

Published Mar. 15 2019

Lawmaker proposes moving Capitol Police out of Public Safety; legislation advances to House for debate.

Missouri's Revenue director to resign

Published Mar. 15 2019

Missouri Revenue Director Joel Walters will resign, according to the Kansas City Star. Gov. Mike Parson's office said it would...

Lincoln University named Missouri's 3rd-best nursing school

Published Mar. 14 2019

Lincoln University's Nursing School is the state's third best among 53 programs, a group called RegisteredNursing.

Gov. Parson appoints 3 to Lincoln University Curators Board

Published Mar. 13 2019

Gov. Mike Parson named three people Tuesday to vacancies on Lincoln University's Board of Curators.

Missouri House forms Hyperloop committee

Published Mar. 12 2019

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe will head a new "Blue Ribbon Panel on Hyperloop" that's been formed to study the feasibility...

Senate panel hears Bernskoetter's poaching fines bill

Published Mar. 12 2019

Poaching already is a Class A misdemeanor under Missouri law."That's a maximum (fine) of up to $2,000 and/or one year...

Judge Beetem blocks Merit reform in unions' lawsuit

Published Mar. 12 2019

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem last week issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from eliminating the Merit System...

State officials still seeking ways to improve employees' salaries

Published Mar. 10 2019

In spite of efforts in recent years to increase their pay, Missouri government workers in 2018 still were — on...

Missouri state workers' pay improvements inching along

Published Mar. 10 2019

The overall average pay for Missouri government employees improved — slightly — in every year but one over the last...

Lincoln University receives federal grant for new agriculture building

Published Mar. 9 2019

Lincoln University is getting a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help build a multipurpose agriculture building on the main...

Beetem hears arguments about scheduling more talk in 'Confide' case

Published Mar. 6 2019

Lawyers for former Gov. Eric Greitens want Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem to end the lawsuit over Greitens' and...

Olson tabbed as Highway Patrol superintendent

Published Mar. 5 2019

Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday named Lt. Col. Eric Olson as the Missouri Highway Patrol's next superintendent, subject to the...

Fitzwater proposes amendment to re-shape House, Senate

Published Mar. 5 2019

State Rep. Travis Fitzwater thinks Missouri's Legislature is too big, and wants voters to change the Constitution and re-size it.

Gov. Mike Parson names day care center abuse 'working group'

Published Mar. 5 2019

Missouri has a new Child Care Working Group, "to ensure safe and quality care for Missouri children."

Foundation says LU forcing name change

Published Mar. 2 2019

The Lincoln University Foundation said this week it’s being forced to change its name “at the request of the University.