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Jeff Haldiman (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0254
Jeff Haldiman reports on Cole County government, including the County Commission and the county's 16 offices. He also covers public safety agencies, including the Jefferson City police and fire departments, Cole County Sheriff's Department and Missouri Highway Patrol, as well as the Cole County associate and circuit courts. Haldiman began his career at the Jefferson City News Tribune in April 2006, covering crime and the courts. Since then he also has reported on city, county and state government issues as well as school-related and personal stories about Mid-Missouri residents and their families. The Missouri Press Association, Associated Press and Kansas City Press Club have recognized Haldiman for his work at the News Tribune. Haldiman began his career in journalism in 1993 at KDKD Radio in Clinton, Missouri, after graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg in 1992. Working at a small, one-man newsroom meant he covered everything from local school board meetings to the arrival of the first B-2 Stealth Bomber at nearby Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster in December 1993. Haldiman began working in Missouri's Capital City in 1996 with a seven-year stay at KLIK/KATI/KFRU radio, where, working in another small newsroom, Haldiman again covered a range of stories from fundraising for local organizations to the tragic death and national funeral of Gov. Mel Carnahan in 1999. During this time Haldiman first earned awards for his work from The Associated Press and the Missouri Broadcasters Association, as well from the Missouri State Teachers Association and other organizations. In 2003, Haldiman accepted an offer to work at Mid-Missouri CBS-TV affiliate KRCG as assignment editor and assistant news director. When a position opened at the News Tribune newsroom opening came up, Haldiman took the opportunity to return to reporting. When not working, Haldiman has found great joy in the world of sports. His work in journalism has allowed him to stay close to sports and to see several of his favorite teams and players.

Exonerated inmates speak out against the death penalty

Published Mar. 18 2018

As Missouri prepares for a possible execution Tuesday, a group that argues against the death penalty held a forum Saturday...

Partnership providing smoke detectors to Chamois residents after deadly fire

Published Mar. 17 2018

A Chamois family lost two children in a house fire in February. Three of every five home fire deaths results...

Human relations panel partnering with writing project

Published Mar. 17 2018

While the Jefferson City Human Relations Commission finalizes administrative items, commissioners are looking toward long-term events.

Theater group partners with Blair Oaks students to present 'Wild Pink'

Published Mar. 16 2018

A new program kicking off this weekend is giving area high school theater students new experiences in putting on a...

Jefferson City students join 'National School Walkout'

Published Mar. 14 2018

Two brothers were among the local students who stood together Wednesday against gun violence, having walked out of school in...

House legislation strives for 'Safe Schools'

Published Mar. 14 2018

A two-part plan aimed at increasing protections for students in Missouri schools was heard Tuesday evening during a legislative committee...

DNR, Callaway County work toward clean water

Published Mar. 10 2018

Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials said they want to work with Callaway County officials as they look at balancing...

Cole County Commission OKs stormwater contract

Published Mar. 7 2018

The Cole County Commission has awarded a contract for stormwater improvements in the Meadowbrook Estates Subdivision.

Historic fireplace sees new light

Published Mar. 6 2018

A fireplace that once was in the original Missouri Governor's Mansion will be on display at the Cole County Historical...

Questions linger about existence of Greitens photo

Published Mar. 4 2018

After a St. Louis County grand jury indicted Gov. Eric Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges for allegedly taking...

Deputy recorder files as candidate

Published Mar. 1 2018

The former Cole County deputy recorder has filed to run for the office's top spot.Judy Ridgeway will face fellow Republican...

Inmates prepare for life outside Missouri prison walls

Published Feb. 28 2018

The Missouri Department of Corrections on Tuesday showcased some of the positive things it is doing to make the state...

Seven file for Cole County seats on opening day

Published Feb. 28 2018

The incumbents for seven Cole County elected offices and one judgeship filed for re-election Tuesday on the first day of...

Time is right to sell Renns Lake, commissioners say

Published Feb. 28 2018

For nearly a decade, the Cole County Commission has discussed trying to sell what used to be Renns Lake.

Telemedicine to allow SSM to remotely link to patients, hospitals

Published Feb. 27 2018

Connecting patients directly to top specialists at home is the idea behind telemedicine.

Five family members work together in Mid-Missouri fire districts

Published Feb. 26 2018

The idea of becoming a firefighter when they grew up just seemed natural for the Berendzen children.

Missouri's Texas County to start using private lawyers for criminal cases

Published Feb. 26 2018

While one county in Missouri will start next week to use private lawyers to handle criminal court cases of those...

Professor: Law hinges on expectation of privacy

Published Feb. 25 2018

Although a grand jury has indicted Gov. Eric Greitens of invasion of privacy, a great deal of proof will have...

MoDOT starts work on potholes

Published Feb. 24 2018

Missouri Department of Transportation crews have started working to fill potholes in Mid-Missouri roads after another bout of rain, ice...

Jefferson City native featured on 'Antiques Road Show'

Published Feb. 20 2018

A Jefferson City native was featured on an episode of "Antiques Road Show" that aired Monday on PBS, looking for...