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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.

'Clean Missouri' amendment proposal back on Nov. 6 ballot

Published Sep. 21 2018

Missourians will get to vote on the proposed "Clean Missouri" amendment to the state Constitution, a three-judge panel of the...

Appeals court rules to keep marijuana amendment on ballot

Published Sep. 21 2018

The proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution that, if passed, would allow medical marijuana to be sold and used in the...

Cole County Fire District seeks 27-cent tax increase

Published Sep. 20 2018

The Cole County Fire Protection District wants voters in November to approve a 27-cent property tax increase.

Capitol Police given new look

Published Sep. 19 2018

Since last spring, Capitol Police have been changing the way its officers and cars look.

5-year-old discusses politics over ice cream with mayor, governor

Published Sep. 19 2018

Taylor Duncan, 5, discovered this year that "The ice cream cone was invented in 1904 at the (World's) Fair in...

Conservation Heritage Foundation to recognize Kehoe, others Sept. 22

Published Sep. 17 2018

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe will receive one of three awards from the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, during its third annual...

Five seek state auditor position

Published Sep. 16 2018

Five people want to be Missourians' choice on Nov. 6 as the next state auditor.The current auditor, Democrat Nicole Galloway,...

Woolfolk meets area business community

Published Sep. 15 2018

She’s been here since mid-May and on-the-job since June 1.Friday morning, Lincoln University President Jerald Jones Woolfolk told Mid-Missouri business...

Green blocks statewide vote on 'Clean Missouri' petition

Published Sep. 14 2018

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green on Friday blocked a statewide vote on the proposed Clean Missouri constitutional amendment.

LU Curators approve new mental health program

Published Sep. 14 2018

Lincoln University’s Curators have approved a new master’s level, Education Specialist degree program in clinical mental health counseling.

LU president urges more support for students

Published Sep. 14 2018

Lincoln University must do more to keep students coming back to the Jefferson City school, new President Jerald Jones Woolfolk...

High court declines to take fuels tax case

Published Sep. 13 2018

Missouri voters will have a chance to decide whether the state's tax on motor fuels should rise by a total...

State Leadership Class hears from 3 statewide officeholders, talks budget issue

Published Sep. 12 2018

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe told two dozen state employees Tuesday evening their work in the state's new leadership academy class...

64-year-old tax-exemption law focus of renewed political debate

Published Sep. 9 2018

The Johnson Amendment has been back in the news in recent years including reports that Missouri attorney general — and...

Lawmakers return for special, veto sessions

Published Sep. 9 2018

Missouri's Legislature returns to Jefferson City this week with two different tasks on the schedule.

Appeals court tosses challenge to proposed fuels tax

Published Sep. 5 2018

The Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City ruled Tuesday that voters should have a chance to approve a proposed...

Moniteau County prosecutor pleads guilty, resigns

Published Sep. 5 2018

Moniteau County's Shayne Healea pleaded guilty Tuesday to four misdemeanor counts, then resigned as prosecuting attorney.

ACLU sues state Human Rights Commission for transgender man's case

Published Sep. 4 2018

The ACLU of Missouri said Tuesday the Missouri Commission on Human Rights has the authority to investigate the complaint of...

Bradshaw's lawyer appeals Joyce's ruling after she dismissed his lawsuit

Published Sep. 4 2018

Only a few hours after she dismissed Springfield resident Brad Bradshaw's lawsuit challenging a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the use...

Annual 'energy fair' showcases energy alternative

Published Sep. 4 2018

For nearly two decades, the Rev. Larry Rice and the New Life Evangelistic Center have hosted an energy fair to...