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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.

Capitol renovation work continues even in statue's absence

Published Nov. 19 2018

Last week's removal of the statue of Ceres — the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships...

New event focuses on women's needs

Published Nov. 18 2018

A small group of women listened Saturday morning as two Cole County Sheriff's representatives spent about 30 minutes explaining the...

Secretary of state: Initiative petition needs attention

Published Nov. 17 2018

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the state needs a better way to handle initiative petitions and to advertise...

Ceres statue leaves Capitol perch for year-long renovation

Published Nov. 16 2018

It took about 35 minutes, from the first warning horn that the statue was being lifted off the Capitol Dome...

Schmitt named to be Missouri's new Attorney General

Published Nov. 14 2018

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt will become Attorney General Eric Schmitt starting Jan. 3 — the day current Attorney General Josh...

Gross announces appeal in 'New Missouri' case

Published Nov. 13 2018

Elad Gross said Monday he'll appeal last week's ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem, dismissing Gross' lawsuit against...

'Clean Missouri' opponents considering options

Published Nov. 13 2018

Last week, nearly 62 percent of the almost 2.4 million Missouri voters who cast ballots said they wanted the Constitution...

After nearly a century, Ceres leaving her Capitol perch for makeover

Published Nov. 11 2018

State officials announced last week that Ceres — the 10-foot, 4-inch bronze sculpture of the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain...

LU administrators find money for health care coverage

Published Nov. 9 2018

Lincoln University will pay the increased cost of employees’ health care, President Jerald Jones Woolfolk told curators Thursday.

Parson to name next attorney general

Published Nov. 8 2018

With Josh Hawley's election as Missouri's next U.S. senator, Gov. Mike Parson will have the opportunity to name the next...

Galloway wins auditor's race

Published Nov. 8 2018

For awhile Tuesday night, as the state's election returns were being released by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office, Republican...

Bernskoetter won all 7 counties in Senate district

Published Nov. 8 2018

Incoming state Sen. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, won the vote in each of the 6th District's seven counties.

Supreme Court hears arguments in naming of lieutenant governor

Published Nov. 8 2018

In a written brief, St. Louis attorney Matt Vianello urged the Missouri Supreme Court to find "Governor (Mike) Parson was...

Galloway leading in state auditor race

Published Nov. 7 2018

With 8 percent of Missouri's precincts still not reported as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, incumbent State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a...

Bernskoetter captures 6th District seat

Published Nov. 7 2018

State Rep. Mike Bernskoetter will become a state senator in January.Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, won 43,532 votes in the unofficial totals...

Lawsuit against ‘A New Missouri’ dismissed

Published Nov. 7 2018

Unless he appeals, St. Louis lawyer Elad Gross’ lawsuit against the A New Missouri organization is over.

Fewer voters likely statewide than in 2016 election

Published Nov. 6 2018

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said Monday that 54.73 percent of Missouri's 4,213,092 registered voters likely will have cast ballots...

Galloway, Bernskoetter lead campaign fundraising

Published Nov. 3 2018

State Auditor Nicole Galloway led the fundraising in the final campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission before...

Missouri officials safeguard against election cyber-security issues

Published Nov. 2 2018

Missourians’ votes next week should be safe from hacking or other cyber-security issues, Gov. Mike Parson and Secretary of State...

Trump stumps for Hawley

Published Nov. 2 2018

COLUMBIA — President Donald Trump spoke for more than an hour Thursday evening, encouraging Missouri voters to vote for Republican...