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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.

Legislative candidates release finance info

Published Jul. 18 2018

State Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, outraised all candidates in fundraising during the second quarter — from April 1-June 30...

State launches new leadership program

Published Jul. 18 2018

The idea itself isn't new, but a leadership academy is a new program for state government.

Trooper Piercy's peace officer's license revoked

Published Jul. 17 2018

Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy no longer has a peace officer's license.

Teens learn self-advocacy skills at retreat

Published Jul. 15 2018

Since Thursday afternoon, about 100 teenagers have been staying at Lincoln University, learning basic life skills and ways to advocate...

Education divides primary candidates

Published Jul. 15 2018

The Missouri Constitution requires lawmakers to devote at least 25 percent of the state's budget to public education.

Barnes: Politics didn't matter in Greitens probe

Published Jul. 15 2018

Three years ago, state Rep. Jay Barnes introduced Eric Greitens at Jefferson City's Downtown Diner as "a man who, I...

Parson hosts ag leaders at Mansion dinner

Published Jul. 12 2018

Gov. Mike Parson invited a number of Missouri agriculture leaders Wednesday to a "working dinner" at the Mansion.

Judge: Governor has power to appoint lieutenant governor

Published Jul. 11 2018

Gov. Mike Parson had the authority to name Mike Kehoe as Missouri's new lieutenant governor, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon...

Ethics complaint filed against Greitens

Published Jul. 11 2018

State Rep. Jay Barnes has filed a formal complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission about former Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign...

Rebman keeps job, at least until Beetem rules on injunction request

Published Jul. 10 2018

Lawrence Rebman is still a Missouri administrative law judge — at least until Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem decides...

Klebba keeps serving Mid-Missouri

Published Jul. 9 2018

Two years ago, Osage County-based Legends Bank bought the assets of Home Savings Bank — the last of Jefferson City's...

Woman sues Corrections over jail bills

Published Jul. 8 2018

A Northeast Missouri woman sued the Missouri Department of Corrections last week, claiming she should not be charged for the...

GOP candidates for 59th House District discuss key issues

Published Jul. 8 2018

In just over a month, Missouri voters will decide which primary election candidates will go on to the Nov. 6...

Judge hears arguments on Lt. Gov. appointment

Published Jul. 6 2018

It all boils down to what the words mean or how they're interpreted.

Franz, Simms chosen to lead state Tourism effort

Published Jul. 5 2018

Ward Franz is Missouri's new director of tourism, and Lori Simms will serve as his deputy.Franz most recently served as...

Continuing US 54 work to limit westbound traffic

Published Jul. 5 2018

The Missouri Department of Transportation's continuing resurfacing and bridge improvement work on U.S. 54 in Jefferson City will limit westbound...

Conservation Commission can regulate captive cervids, court rules

Published Jul. 3 2018

Missouri's Conservation Commission has the constitutional authority to regulate captive deer and elk as well as those in the wild,...

Lawsuit filed over Missouri's fuels tax ballot issue

Published Jul. 3 2018

A new lawsuit alleges Missouri's proposed fuels tax increase should not be placed before voters in November because lawmakers violated...

Crow signing last checks for 'Salute to America'

Published Jul. 3 2018

Kathy Crow has been writing checks on behalf of the Salute to America board for the last eight years.

6th District Senate Democrat candidates talk key issues

Published Jul. 1 2018

Missouri's primary elections are just over five weeks away.In seven Mid-Missouri counties, the 6th Senate District seat will be filled...