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Bob Watson (Reporter)

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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.

Woolfolk: LU history, diversity part of presidency attraction

Published Mar. 18 2018

Jerald Jones Woolfolk was one of nearly five dozen people who applied to be Lincoln University’s 20th permanent president.

Assistant AG defends Sunshine probes

Published Mar. 17 2018

In the last few months, Deputy Attorney General Darrell Moore reached the same conclusion in two separate investigations into how...

Senators discuss options without active Ethics Commission

Published Mar. 16 2018

As of today, Missouri's six-member Ethics Commission can't take official actions because it has only three members.

Communications Workers bring state employee complaints to Capitol

Published Mar. 15 2018

About two dozen members of the Communications Workers of America visited the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby for better conditions...

Barnes: House investigative committee 'on-track'

Published Mar. 15 2018

State Rep. Jay Barnes told reporters late Wednesday afternoon the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight is "on track to...

10-cent fuels tax increase passes first Senate hurdle

Published Mar. 13 2018

Missouri's Senate on Monday approved a 10-cents per-gallon fuels tax increase, phased in over a five-year period.

Ethics Commission work screeches to a halt

Published Mar. 11 2018

Three members of Missouri's six-member Ethics Commission — including Bill Deeken, of Jefferson City, a former state representative and former...

Senate sends STEM bill to House

Published Mar. 10 2018

Missouri's Senate on Thursday sent the House a bill to increase students' interest in the STEM fields.

Lawyer accuses governor's legal team of 'slut-shaming'

Published Mar. 10 2018

St. Louis attorney Albert Watkins on Friday accused Gov. Eric Greitens and his "shills or surrogates" of "slut-shaming" the governor's...

'Raise the age' bill sent to House

Published Mar. 9 2018

Missouri's Senate on Thursday unanimously passed 31-0 a bill that would raise the age of teens covered by the juvenile...

House committee investigating Greitens meets Wednesday morning

Published Mar. 7 2018

True to Chairman Jay Barnes' word, members of the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight said nothing and answered no...

House investigative committee begins work today

Published Mar. 7 2018

The Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight will meet at 8 a.m. today at the Jefferson City Police Department,...

Helias celebrates 'Hall of Fame' with first-ever 'gala'

Published Mar. 4 2018

To celebrate its 11th "Hall of Fame" class of inductees, Helias Catholic High School's Foundation brought several hundred people together...

Chairman of House panel: Lawmakers' sole duty is to determine facts behind Greitens indictment

Published Mar. 4 2018

Many lawmakers and media reports point to a new Missouri House of Representatives committee as the first step in an...

Woman tells how 'shoebox gift' changed her life, her faith

Published Mar. 4 2018

Elena Hagemeier was 10, and living in an orphanage with her younger sister, in the northwestern part of what was...

Fire department investigating cause of Friday fire

Published Mar. 4 2018

Jefferson City fire officials said the cause of a Friday evening fire on Center Street was "undetermined," shortly after the...

McCaskill aims to end tax breaks for pharma industry ads

Published Mar. 3 2018

America's taxpayers subsidize pharmaceutical companies' advertising by about $6 billion a year, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said this week —...

Panel to pick next LU president

Published Mar. 2 2018

Lincoln University's Presidential Search Committee met Thursday to decide which candidate they think the Board of Curators should hire as...

McCaskill urges others not to comment on Greitens court process

Published Mar. 2 2018

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill — a former Jackson County prosecutor — supports the Missouri House of Representatives' efforts to investigate...

State, blind Missourians settle lengthy fight over payments

Published Mar. 1 2018

Twelve years after it started, the state on Thursday announced it has reached a settlement in the case over Blind...