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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.

Rotarians unveil new 'immigration' statue, lend it to Jefferson Landing museum for display

Published May. 21 2019

Without immigration — especially German immigration — nearly 200 years ago, Missouri would be a very different state today, historian...

Steamboat, Port Authority bills must wait until next year

Published May. 19 2019

Two proposals expected to impact the Jefferson City Area's economy — the Steamboat Legacy Fund and land for the Jefferson...

Mid-Missouri lawmakers look back at 2019 session

Published May. 19 2019

State lawmakers from Mid-Missouri have a wide range of experience in the General Assembly.

Missouri lawmakers reflect on 100th General Assembly

Published May. 18 2019

For Republicans, the first year of the 100th Missouri General Assembly was one to celebrate, House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield,...

Missouri Senate sends sex trafficking bill to Gov. Parson

Published May. 17 2019

With a pair of 34-0 votes, the Missouri Senate on Thursday sent Gov. Mike Parson a sex trafficking bill sponsored...

Missouri Senate president pro tem decries publication of personal cellphone numbers

Published May. 16 2019

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz complained Thursday that some outside groups had published some senators' personal cellphone numbers...

Missouri Senate passes strict abortion bill

Published May. 16 2019

Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

Missouri Supreme Court hears Clean Water Commission fight

Published May. 15 2019

The Missouri Supreme Court was asked Tuesday to decide whether a law passed three years ago is constitutional — and...

Appeals court: State must pay damages in St. Louis case

Published May. 15 2019

Missouri's State Legal Expense Fund — which in recent years has had to make some large payments in court cases...

Gov. Parson urges 'workforce' bill vote

Published May. 14 2019

Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday morning he's confident the Missouri Legislature will pass his "workforce development" plan before the legislative...

Mid-Missouri lawmakers still hoping for some legislative successes

Published May. 14 2019

For the fifth day, members of the Missouri Senate's "Conservative Caucus" on Monday blocked debate on bills by holding up...

Income tax collections jumped in April; state revenues continue ascent

Published May. 12 2019

After a slow start, Missouri's revenue picture appears to be getting better.The Revenue Department told the News Tribune that, as...

Revenue Department urges wage earners to review their withholding instructions

Published May. 12 2019

W-4 — That's the form an employee fills out so an employer knows how much income tax money to withhold...

Lincoln University graduates 434 students in indoor ceremony

Published May. 12 2019

The enthusiasm was clear Saturday morning as 434 Lincoln University students walked across the Mitchell Auditorium stage as new college...

LU moves graduation indoors

Published May. 11 2019

Rainy weather forces LU graduation ceremonies inside

Judge hears initial arguments in LU Foundation lawsuit, sets June hearing

Published May. 10 2019

After hearing almost 30 minutes of legal arguments during a telephone conference call, Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said...

Lincoln University Curators approve bookstore negotiations, bonds refinancing

Published May. 9 2019

For the first time in several years, Lincoln University students next fall could be able to buy books and other...

State honors 5 employee teams for quality, productivity

Published May. 8 2019

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson presented teams from five state departments Tuesday with the annual Governor's Award for Quality and Productivity.

Bridge bonding plan still in Missouri budget bills

Published May. 8 2019

The state budget slated for final approval this week still includes a bonding plan to repair 250 mostly rural bridges...

Lincoln University Foundation sues Board of Curators

Published May. 7 2019

The former Lincoln University Foundation on Monday asked the Cole County Circuit Court to issue a temporary restraining order and...