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Joe Gamm (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0248
Joe Gamm reports on social services, health and religion, also covering legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives. He is now based in Jefferson City, but the trip from his Lake Ozark hometown was a long one. He has worked in restaurants and in construction. In 1991, he went to the West Coast, where he became a buckaroo (meaning he sat in a saddle following cattle all day) and learned to snow ski. He returned to the lake and eventually opened and ran a contracting business. But he left again to begin to learn to write. After graduating from the University of Washington, having double-majored in journalism and political science, he took a writing job in Oregon. Reporting has taken him to Texas and North Carolina. He decided to return to his home state in December. He has received awards from press associations in Washington, Oregon, Texas and North Carolina.

MU Health strategy envisions 'integrated care' for Jefferson City

Published Dec. 9 2018

Separately, St. Mary's Hospital and Capital Region Medical Center provide adequate care for Jefferson City-area patients.

Opioid prescribing guidelines for physicians updated

Published Dec. 9 2018

New opioid prescribing recommendations for hospital-based physicians are going into effect this month.

Volunteers to place 'Wreaths for Heroes'

Published Dec. 9 2018

Volunteers will place wreaths on graves Saturday at Jefferson City National Cemetery as part of the annual Wreaths for Heroes...

MU Health, SSM: Faith-based care would still exist

Published Dec. 9 2018

The spread of smallpox in Central Missouri led Catholic nuns to travel from St. Louis to Jefferson City.

2-hospital model 'not sustainable'

Published Dec. 7 2018

The two-hospital model of health care — like what exists in Jefferson City — cannot be sustained, according to leadership...

Diaper drive seeking to stuff Santa's sleigh

Published Dec. 5 2018

The Stuff Santa's Sleigh Diaper Drive is Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison St.

Wind unwraps part of Capitol dome

Published Dec. 4 2018

High winds are to blame for tearing some of the wrap off scaffolding around the Missouri Capitol Dome.

Legislators hope for early start on HIV-specific bills

Published Dec. 4 2018

Supporters of legislation aimed at updating Missouri's "outdated and medically inaccurate" HIV-specific laws are confident the upcoming General Assembly will...

Coalition: 'We need two hospitals' in Jefferson City

Published Dec. 2 2018

The Jefferson City group created last month in opposition to MU Health Care's proposed purchase of St.

Highway Patrol director of fleet retiring after 31 years

Published Dec. 2 2018

The ongoing joke for Larry Rains, the Missouri Highway Patrol director of fleet and facilities division, is that he couldn't...

Blue Christmas helps folks find solace over holidays

Published Dec. 2 2018

The holidays can be difficult for people who have experienced a loss or simply can’t seem to find the joy...

Two local charities short on donations

Published Nov. 29 2018

A couple of Jefferson City charities are falling short of their Christmas goals.

Freshmen lawmakers make first appearance at Capitol

Published Nov. 29 2018

The newest members of the Missouri House of Representatives began getting their first good look at the job Wednesday morning.

Hawley defends investigation of alleged clergy abuse

Published Nov. 28 2018

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley took to a social media platform Tuesday to defend his investigation of potential clergy abuse...

Study: Marijuana smoke exposure unsafe for youths

Published Nov. 25 2018

An American Academy of Pediatrics study found about half a group of hospitalized children in Colorado, which allows use of...

Shopping small makes big impact

Published Nov. 25 2018

Small Business Saturday is a big deal for a lot of Jefferson City retailers.

Turkey 'tender as a mother's love' served for Thanksgiving

Published Nov. 23 2018

Thousands of free Thanksgiving meals were served Thursday throughout Jefferson City.

For 600 the first Thanksgiving course was the pie run

Published Nov. 23 2018

About 600 people enjoyed pie during their first course early Thanksgiving Day at the North Jefferson City Recreation Area.

Bishop 'could not keep silent'

Published Nov. 23 2018

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City — one of the youngest and newest of those attending...

Haze surrounds medical marijuana

Published Nov. 21 2018

Missouri will most likely have a minimum of 192 medical marijuana dispensaries by 2020 — including several in Jefferson City...