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Bob Watson (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0245
E-mail: bwatson@newstribune.com
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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.

Mid-Missouri to benefit in Gov. Parson's bridge proposal

Published Jan. 20 2019

Mid-Missouri could see 21 bridges repaired or replaced over the next three years, under the proposed bonding plan included in...

State Technical College raising tuition in fall

Published Jan. 19 2019

State Technical College students will be paying $7 more for each credit hour, starting next fall.The school's Board of Regents...

Parson reorganizes Economic Development, narrows focus

Published Jan. 18 2019

Gov. Parson reduces size of Economic Development Department in order to narrow its focus and create a stronger workforce.

Parson: Department redesigns to boost state's workforce development

Published Jan. 17 2019

Gov. Mike Parson plans to sign several executive orders this morning, as part of what his office called a "major...

Gov. Parson proposes 3 percent pay raise for all Missouri's state employees

Published Jan. 17 2019

Gov. Mike Parson is asking lawmakers to approve a three percent, across the board, pay raise for all of Missouri's...

State high court considers legislative powers

Published Jan. 16 2019

The Missouri Supreme Court heard three cases Tuesday raising questions about the Legislature's powers.

Cole County prosecutor's office ordered to pay $36,000 for open records violation

Published Jan. 15 2019

The Missouri court of appeals in Kansas City on Tuesday upheld Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce's October 2017 finding...

2 state officials sworn-in Monday

Published Jan. 15 2019

Separate ceremonies were held Monday in the Capitol Rotunda for two statewide officials taking their oaths of office.

State agencies still considering rules cutbacks

Published Jan. 14 2019

A Greitens-era program is having some tangible results.

Keeping Missourians informed on governor's work

Published Jan. 14 2019

Kelli Jones' taught college-level English and communications for almost two decades total, and her own education included a bachelor's degree...

Prayer Breakfast focuses on God being in control

Published Jan. 11 2019

The dining room was packed for the 2019 Governor's Prayer Breakfast — the first to be hosted by Mike Parson.

Senate launches session with 9 new members

Published Jan. 10 2019

After taking the oath of office along with all senators elected last November, freshman Mike Bernskoetter is one of nine...

Appeals court sends 2 parole cases to Supreme Court

Published Jan. 9 2019

When state lawmakers re-wrote the criminal code, did they intend to make it easier for some inmates to get paroled...

Missouri Legislature begins new session today

Published Jan. 9 2019

Missouri's General Assembly convenes at noon today for its five-month work of debating and passing a state operating budget for...

Joyce denies motion to block AG from defending governor

Published Jan. 8 2019

At the end of a 15-minute hearing, Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce denied St. Louis lawyer Elad Gross'...

Missouri lawmakers poised for 100th session

Published Jan. 6 2019

As of Friday afternoon, Mid-Missouri lawmakers had pre-filed 13 bills for their colleagues to consider during the legislative session that...

YMCA hosts second wellness fair

Published Jan. 6 2019

More than 250 Mid-Missourians visited the second Community Wellness Expo on Saturday at the Firley YMCA, 525 Ellis Blvd.

Barnes reflects on 8 years in Legislature

Published Jan. 6 2019

At noon Wednesday, Jay Barnes no longer will be a Missouri lawmaker.

100th General Assembly convenes Wednesday

Published Jan. 6 2019

The 100th General Assembly convenes at noon Wednesday.

Schmitt sworn in as new state attorney general

Published Jan. 4 2019

Eric Schmitt now is Missouri's 43rd attorney general.