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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.

Lincoln University releases stats on presidential applicants

Published Feb. 21 2018

William Hudson Jr. and Jerald Jones Woolfolk were the top finalists from a group of 58 applicants to be Lincoln...

Review launched into state harassment policies

Published Feb. 21 2018

Citing the increasing costs of discrimination cases against state government agencies, Attorney General Josh Hawley said Tuesday his office will...

Judge denies preliminary injunction in state Board of Education case

Published Feb. 20 2018

Cole County Senior Judge Richard Callahan has denied Laurie Sullivan's request for an injunction that would have overturned the State...

Lawmakers asked to improve abuse case investigations

Published Feb. 20 2018

Missouri lawmakers should make it easier to create domestic violence homicide review panels, and to investigate child abuse cases that...

2 LU presidential candidates to be introduced this week

Published Feb. 20 2018

The two finalists for Lincoln University's vacant presidency will have a chance to answer questions this week about themselves, their...

LU names two presidential finalists

Published Feb. 16 2018

William E. Hudson Jr. and Jerald Jones Woolfolk are the two finalists to be Lincoln University's next permanent president, the...

Would you share your password to get a job or apartment?

Published Feb. 15 2018

For the second year, state Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, wants lawmakers to prohibit employers, educational institutions and landlords from requiring,...

House committee hears proposal to remove AG's residency requirement

Published Feb. 15 2018

For the second year, the Missouri House Elections and Elected Officials Committee has been asked to let the attorney general...

Kehoe proposes 'Buy Missouri' Week in October

Published Feb. 15 2018

State Sen. Mike Kehoe thinks Missouri should have a week designated for bragging about Missouri-made products.

Judge considering request to cancel votes firing Vandeven

Published Feb. 14 2018

Cole County Senior Judge Richard Callahan issued no ruling Tuesday, after spending six hours hearing evidence in a case accusing...

2 teens' deaths help prompt proposed state law changes

Published Feb. 13 2018

Missouri lawmakers are asked this year to require people convicted of driving while intoxicated to attend a victims' impact panel.

Insurance agency stays in the family over 7 decades

Published Feb. 12 2018

One family has operated Fred Vogel Insurance for 70 years.Frederick “Rick” Prather, now 53, is the third generation of his...

Lincoln approves wellness center MOU changes

Published Feb. 11 2018

Lincoln University's Board of Curators last week approved several changes to the memorandum of understanding over operations to The Linc...

Blind Missourians remind lawmakers of needs

Published Feb. 11 2018

Members of Missouri's chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will visit the Capitol this week in their annual...

State workers want better job-performance accountability

Published Feb. 11 2018

If you're doing your job, you should be recognized and rewarded.

Administration looks to improve state employee culture

Published Feb. 9 2018

Missouri's "organizational health" needs to be improved, administrators said Thursday.Drew Erdmann, Missouri's chief operating officer in the Eric Greitens administration,...

LU Curators approve new Mid-Missouri scholarship

Published Feb. 9 2018

Lincoln University soon will have a new scholarship available for Mid-Missouri students.LU Curators on Thursday approved the "Heart of Missouri...

LU presidential finalists to visit campus later this month

Published Feb. 9 2018

Finalists in the search for Lincoln University's next president will visit the campus Feb. 21-22.Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Winston Rutledge...

Convocation speaker highlights LU's strength, resilience

Published Feb. 9 2018

As the first historically black college in the state, Lincoln University holds a special place in Missouri history, 2002 LU...

Lawmakers again asked to require paper ballots

Published Feb. 8 2018

Phillip Michaels, of University City, has been coming to Jefferson City for a decade, asking lawmakers to require all elections...