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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.

Veteran shares story of service with U.S. Army in France during Cold War

Published Dec. 18 2017

Many idyllic images often come to mind when picturing Christmas as celebrated in France. The holiday, as celebrated in this...

Retired pastor continues social justice ministry work

Published Dec. 18 2017

The Rev. John Bennett may be retired — but he's not slowing down his efforts to help people get a...

Public defenders continue to seek case-load relief

Published Dec. 17 2017

Justin Carver — who heads the District 19 public defender's office serving Cole, Miller and Moniteau counties — wants judges...

Green Dot program aims to curb sexual assaults at LU

Published Dec. 17 2017

For many, sexual assaults have become a common part of news and personal discussions.Lincoln University graduate Brysen Russell, 23, has...

Transportation task force considers fuels tax increase

Published Dec. 14 2017

COLUMBIA — A 9.3-cent increase in Missouri's fuels tax would give the state Transportation Department the same buying power it...

Former county juvenile officer sues over job loss

Published Dec. 13 2017

Kurt Valentine said he was Cole County's chief juvenile officer from February 2015 until July 27 of this year.

Judge sets argument in Hawley residency case

Published Dec. 12 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green will hear arguments next week on the state's motion to end a lawsuit challenging...

Attorney general to form Military Legal Assistance Team

Published Dec. 11 2017

Active-duty service members with civil legal issues soon can get help finding a free lawyer through the Missouri attorney general's...

St. Louis lawmaker files land-grant funding bill

Published Dec. 10 2017

Lincoln University could receive its full, federal land-grant money under a bill pre-filed by state Rep.

Deadline nearing for shipping letters to Santa

Published Dec. 8 2017

Central Missouri's Postal Consumer Council will hold its third annual "Send a Card" event from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Capital...

House committee questions safety on LU, MU campuses

Published Dec. 7 2017

Some lawmakers are concerned about assaults — especially sexual assaults — that have happened on Missouri's college campuses.

Appeals Court blocks order in Callaway CAFO case

Published Dec. 6 2017

Callaway County's Friends of Responsible Agriculture group likely will ask the state appeals court for a rehearing, its attorney said...

Appeals court upholds verdict against former Capitol Police officer

Published Dec. 6 2017

A state appeals court Tuesday rejected all three challenges former Missouri Capitol Police Lt. Stacy Minze raised following a second...

22 percent take MOSERS buyout

Published Dec. 6 2017

Just more than 22 percent of former state employees who were eligible to buy out their state retirement benefits did...

Appeals court rejects anti-Tesla lawsuit

Published Dec. 6 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green should have denied a lawsuit filed against Tesla Motors by the Missouri Auto Dealers...

Democrats pushing a 'Farmer's Bill of Rights'

Published Dec. 5 2017

Two Columbia area lawmakers were the first to sign their names supporting a proposed "Farmer's Bill of Rights," during the...

Missouri lieutenant governor wants new veterans' home administrator

Published Dec. 4 2017

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson wants the head of the St. Louis Veterans Home removed in response to claims that...

LU faculty support teacher criticized for article

Published Dec. 3 2017

Lincoln University's Faculty Senate last week passed a resolution proclaiming support for LU journalism instructor, Will Sites, after others questioned...

State Education Board fires Vandeven

Published Dec. 2 2017

Margie Vandeven was fired Friday as Missouri's Education commissioner, effective immediately, by a 5-3 vote.

Missouri education commissioner ousted by gubernatorial appointees

Published Dec. 1 2017

Margie Vandeven was fired Friday as Missouri's Education commissioner, effective immediately, by a 5-3 vote.