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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.

Faith Voices leaders train to interview potential volunteers

Published Jan. 23 2018

Jefferson City spiritual and community leaders got right to work in their first meeting of 2018 preparing for a year...

Challenges rise in Jefferson City fight against drugs

Published Jan. 22 2018

The Jefferson City Council for Drug Free Youth reviewed its 2017 campaigns Thursday as it prepared for 2018 during its...

State reels at cost of opioid epidemic

Published Jan. 21 2018

This week's release of a report detailing the cost of opioid use disorder to Missouri taxpayers has reinforced lawmakers' efforts...

Midwest March for Life on tap Saturday

Published Jan. 21 2018

The eighth annual Midwest March for Life is scheduled for Saturday in Jefferson City.The event kicks off at 7:45 a.

Area students energized by pro-life march's message

Published Jan. 20 2018

A number of Jefferson City-area supporters attended Friday's March for Life in Washington, D.C. They were among about 100,000 people...

Supporters, opponents of Trump to rally Saturday

Published Jan. 18 2018

Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump are holding rallies in Mid-Missouri on Saturday to mark the anniversary of Trump's...

Venture out for 'If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise'

Published Jan. 18 2018

Stained Glass Theatre of Mid-Missouri will kick off its 2018 season — the theme is Season of Forgiveness — with...

Legislators gather to 'Keep Faith in America'

Published Jan. 18 2018

Lawmakers gathered Wednesday afternoon on the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda to pray for America.

MLK movement continues in Jefferson City 'nook'

Published Jan. 16 2018

During his keynote address at the Jefferson City NAACP's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Breakfast, the Rev. Rob...

Lt. Gov.'s communication director goes from teaching to practicing her skill

Published Jan. 14 2018

After teaching communications for years, Kelli Jones now practices the skill herself as the new communications director in Lt.

Diabetic middle schoolers welcome newcomer to their 'band of brothers'

Published Jan. 14 2018

Five bright-eyed teenage boys huddled in the nurse's room at Lewis and Clark Middle School on Friday afternoon.

Youth help pick new toys for Boys & Girls Club

Published Jan. 13 2018

Crowds of chattering children gathered around a table in a large, vacant area at the center of the Boys &...

Jefferson City church breaks ground on major expansion

Published Jan. 12 2018

With ground broken, renovations to Grace Evangelical Free Church are becoming a reality for church members.

Hospitals work to overcome IV bag shortage

Published Jan. 12 2018

Questions have arisen about whether a short supply of some IV bags has affected area health providers.

Barnes proposes changes to telehealth law

Published Jan. 11 2018

State Rep. Jay Barnes hopes to streamline delivery of telehealth services through MO Healthnet.The Republican from Jefferson City presented HB...

Governor extols less government, doesn't mention state pay

Published Jan. 11 2018

Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday night praised efforts to "continue to shrink the size of government," but said nothing in...

Coalition pushes for more restriction on tanning bed use

Published Jan. 11 2018

Tears began to stream down her cheeks as Emily Messerli told listeners how skin cancer took her husband's life.

Study questions transparency of church finances

Published Jan. 9 2018

Despite a 2017 report rating financial transparency for the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City as average, the diocese's records are...

Space dwindling in local national cemetery

Published Jan. 7 2018

The Jefferson City National Cemetery is essentially full.

Bipartisan legislators honor Nixon with portrait

Published Jan. 5 2018

Former Gov. Jay Nixon's face is now a permanent fixture in the Capitol.