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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.

SOMO President: Tornado-damaged SOMO campus can be repaired

Published Jun. 20 2019

The Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus can be repaired following damage from the May 22 tornado in Jefferson...

Annual fundraiser offers ice cream, socializing

Published Jun. 20 2019

People stood in line to be first in during the St. Mary's Auxiliary Ice Cream Social on Wednesday.

Report: Health care is where careers can be found

Published Jun. 18 2019

Health care continues to be the fastest-growing industry in Missouri, and it is expected to lead the state in growth...

Child care provider continues scramble to recover from tornado

Published Jun. 11 2019

The mother/daughter partners who own and operate Joy and Gladness Children's Academy — a 24-hour day care center in Jefferson...

Neuner looks forward to new challenge with SOMO

Published Jun. 10 2019

In the 35 years since he graduated from Helias High School, Brian Neuner has worn a lot of hats.

Highway Patrol worker has retirement travel plans

Published Jun. 9 2019

Carla Flickinger is going to travel.The secretary in the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Division, Flickinger is retiring as...

Ameren, Samaritan Center begin annual air conditioner giveaway

Published Jun. 8 2019

Anquenette McDonald was the first to receive one of 50 window air conditioners donated by Ameren Missouri to the Samaritan...

Pro-life supporters celebrate Missouri law

Published Jun. 8 2019

Abortion opponents gathered Friday afternoon at the Missouri Capitol to celebrate recent wins in efforts to ban abortions.

Red Cross disaster victim shelters to consolidate

Published Jun. 7 2019

Temporary shelters that have housed tornado and flood victims in Jefferson City and Eldon will be combined by early next...

Fundraisers on tap for storm victims

Published Jun. 7 2019

Leaders of Central United Church of Christ had already intended to host an ice cream social Sunday for some time.

Agencies wrestling with ways to connect disaster victims with donations site

Published Jun. 7 2019

Donations are coming in, but getting them out has been slow. Volunteers have plans to increase the distribution rates.

United Way announces 25 community grant recipients

Published Jun. 5 2019

The United Way of Central Missouri awarded 25 community support grants to local agencies Tuesday.

Governor's Child Care Working Group issues its report

Published Jun. 4 2019

Several highly publicized incidents involving child care facilities helped prompt Gov. Mike Parson in March to create a Child Care...

Catholic Charities' role increasing as disaster response transitions to long-term recovery

Published Jun. 4 2019

Catholic Charities' focus is on the long-term recovery that people will be going through after flooding and the May 22...

Recovery will be elusive for many

Published Jun. 2 2019

The tornado that ripped through 3 miles of Jefferson City in late May struck several impoverished communities.

Report details effects of Medicaid expansion on states

Published Jun. 2 2019

There was a lot of misleading information floating around a couple of years ago, when Missouri lawmakers considered expanding Medicaid.

Food items are the next big need in recovery

Published May. 31 2019

Scores of people have dropped off donations for flood and tornado victims at the Disaster Recovery Donation site in Jefferson...

Opening of resource center marks a move toward recovery

Published May. 31 2019

The line stretched into the parking lot and remained long for hours as more and more people arrived to attend...

Volunteer resource site closed, next steps to be determined

Published May. 30 2019

The sign-up site at Capital Mall for people wishing to volunteer to help with Jefferson City area tornado cleanup has...

Resource centers for storm victims planned in Jefferson City, Eldon

Published May. 30 2019

A Multi-Agency Resource Center -- a one-stop shop bringing together local disaster assistance organizations to provide services for tornado victims...