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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.

Dogs, veterans train to overcome PTSD

Published Oct. 18 2018

Half a dozen U.S. veterans walked their dogs along downtown sidewalks Monday as part of a training exercise.

PACs contribute heavily to local candidates in final weeks of general election

Published Oct. 17 2018

Candidates' financial reports may indicate that both parties see the seats for Missouri House of Representatives Districts 49 and 50...

Local telethon assists hurricane victims

Published Oct. 17 2018

Add hurricane relief to the causes for which the American Red Cross Central and Northern Missouri chapter has held telethons.

Jefferson City serves as two-day health center of the state

Published Oct. 16 2018

Jefferson City is the host city for this year's Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Convening.

Candidates take different paths to improve roads, economy

Published Oct. 14 2018

Missouri must meet a few criteria if it hopes to attract new businesses, candidates for the state House of Representatives...

59th House candidates talk business, state's infrastructure

Published Oct. 14 2018

Incentives aimed at bringing businesses and companies to Missouri don't matter if those companies don't have the skilled labor to...

Playing a game turns into charitable work

Published Oct. 14 2018

The Rape and Abuse Crisis Service has been chosen to receive about a carload of donations from a Jefferson City...

County receives contract to continue women, children’s health program

Published Oct. 13 2018

The Cole County Health Department will continue to provide services to needy families through the 2019 federal fiscal year.

'Hello, my fellow citizens'

Published Oct. 13 2018

Normally, an appearance before the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri can be intimidating.

Big Brothers Big Sisters rebrands to attract more mentors

Published Oct. 12 2018

Although it has a newly branded look and name, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson City remains committed to making...

Red Cross mobilizing for another hurricane

Published Oct. 10 2018

In anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Michael, hundreds of American Red Cross volunteers — including one from Central Missouri...

3 medical marijuana initiatives await voters

Published Oct. 9 2018

Three initiatives on the Nov. 6 ballot will give Missouri voters the chance to decide if the use of marijuana...

Not too early to provide holiday cheer

Published Oct. 7 2018

For many local charitable organizations, October kicks off a busy season of gathering and giving.

MO ABLE program expanded to allow greater savings

Published Oct. 6 2018

A state initiative launched Friday increases the amount disabled people may contribute to certain savings accounts without affecting state or...

Mid-Missouri female candidates invited to forum

Published Oct. 5 2018

A number of local candidates for office say they intend to participate in a forum at Lincoln University presented by...

Women learn self-defense during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published Oct. 4 2018

Whether on the Jefferson City Greenway, in a park or walking to a car in a parking lot, awareness is...

A taste of High Street: On-street herb garden offers healthy options to passersby

Published Oct. 4 2018

If you're walking past, you might just reach out and pick a leaf off a plant outside Missouri River Regional...

House District 60 candidates square off on hot-button items

Published Oct. 3 2018

Candidates for the Missouri House of Representatives' 60th District seat both said they are seeking the seat as a service...

MRRL staff moving from annex because of mold

Published Oct. 3 2018

Because of mold, Missouri River Regional Library staff are moving offices out of the library annex, at 209 Adams St.

Cole County Health Department opens new location in time for flu season

Published Oct. 2 2018

Cole County commissioners received their flu shots at the Cole County Health Department when it opened for the first time...