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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.

Conservation Department reminds Missourians of new poaching penalties

Published Jul. 16 2019

Missouri's Conservation Department wants Missourians to know the state is increasing the penalty for poaching.

Moniteau County Health Board asks for more study of CAFO regulations

Published Jul. 16 2019

Based on a recommendation from its study group, the Moniteau County Health Board decided not to vote on a CAFO...

Bondsmen complain about new pre-trial release rules, procedures creating them

Published Jul. 15 2019

Two organizations connected with the bail bonds industry have questioned the Missouri Supreme Court's new rules regarding pre-trial release and...

Missouri's Insurance Department concerned about earthquake coverage

Published Jul. 14 2019

With Southern California's recent experience of strong earthquakes and the ongoing impact of numerous aftershocks, Missouri officials again are focusing...

Earthquake insurance questions remind Missourians to prepare

Published Jul. 14 2019

Preparing for an earthquake never is far from state and local public safety officials' minds — especially in the eastern...

Informational meetings planned to discuss I-70 Rocheport bridge repairs

Published Jul. 13 2019

The Missouri Department of Transportation on Thursday will hold the first of three meetings about plans to rehab the Interstate...

Missouri Supreme Court won't hear appeal of abortion referendum case

Published Jul. 12 2019

The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday denied the ACLU-Missouri's request to hear an appeal of its challenge to parts of...

ACLU asks Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments in abortion referendum case

Published Jul. 12 2019

The ACLU-Missouri wants the Missouri Supreme Court to order Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Attorney General Eric Schmitt to...

Parson signs several lawsuit, court reform and business-related bills

Published Jul. 11 2019

Missouri's Constitution says Gov. Mike Parson has until Sunday to sign or veto all the bills that lawmakers sent him...

Speaker's Hyperloop panel getting closer to a final report

Published Jul. 10 2019

COLUMBIA — They've been meeting for about four months now, and the vice chairman of House Speaker Elijah Haahr's "Blue...

Gov. Parson signs numerous bills

Published Jul. 10 2019

In addition to the prison sentencing reform bill, Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday signed a number of other bills passed...

Anne Green steers HCJ into storm-damaged future

Published Jul. 8 2019

Anne Clouse Green started a new job Sept. 1 as the Historic City of Jefferson's executive director and their first...

Lincoln University announces new leaders

Published Jul. 5 2019

Lincoln University announced Wednesday several leaders are joining the LU administration this month.

Missouri approved women's right to vote 100 years ago today

Published Jul. 3 2019

One century ago, on July 3, 1919, Missouri became the 11th state in the nation to ratify the Suffrage Amendment...

Missouri Department of Revenue offers online sales tax-finding tool

Published Jul. 2 2019

Across Missouri, the state government's sales taxes total 4.225 percent.However, consumers often pay more than that based on where they...

Kehoe signs 4 bills into law while acting as governor

Published Jun. 29 2019

Acting as governor while Gov. Mike Parson is out of the country, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe has signed four bills...

Appeals court orders Cole County judge to hold hearing on inmate’s lawsuit

Published Jun. 29 2019

A Missouri prison inmate will get a day in court, the state appeals court in Kansas City ruled Friday.

Draper to become Missouri's next Supreme Court chief justice

Published Jun. 28 2019

Judge George Draper is set to be the Missouri Supreme Court's next chief justice.

State still working on tax refunds

Published Jun. 28 2019

Missouri's Revenue Department has issued about 95 percent of the refunds to taxpayers this year as it had issued a...

Piercy files new legal challenge to loss of his law officer's license

Published Jun. 28 2019

Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Anthony Piercy went back to court Thursday with a new lawsuit challenging the state's decision to...