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Nicole Roberts (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0247
Nicole Roberts covers the Jefferson City Council, city departments and the Jefferson City Housing Authority. Some topics she has reported on include redevelopment of the city-owned property at the Missouri State Penitentiary, stormwater issues, demolitions and improvements along East Capitol Avenue. Before joining the News Tribune, Roberts was editor-in-chief at The Standard, Missouri State University's newspaper. She graduated from Missouri State University in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in print/internet journalism. While in college, she played clarinet in the Missouri State University Pride Band and continues to perform with the Jefferson City Community Symphonic Concert Band. She is originally from Rolla, Missouri, but attended high school in Vienna, about 30 minutes southeast of Jefferson City. Follow her on Twitter at @NReneeRoberts.

Transportation planner stumbles into passion

Published Dec. 9 2018

After working various odd jobs throughout his 20s, Alex Rotenberry wasn't sure what he wanted to do for a career.

Trump in KC: All would benefit from prison reform

Published Dec. 9 2018

Prison reform would help inmates gain more skills that could be used in the workforce and would "get them on...

Border security underfunded, Trump says

Published Dec. 8 2018

President Donald Trump urged Congress to fund more border security and law enforcement officials to continue working together to enforce...

Trump: Local law enforcement vital in enforcing immigration laws

Published Dec. 7 2018

President Donald Trump emphasized law enforcement cooperation, particularly when enforcing immigration laws, during his visit Friday afternoon to Missouri.

Jefferson City area residents plunge for Special Olympics Missouri

Published Dec. 6 2018

Despite the near-freezing temperatures, eight local leaders and residents gathered in Jefferson City Wednesday evening in costumes to run through...

Spin rolls out scooters over the weekend

Published Dec. 5 2018

After months of waiting, Jefferson City residents and visitors now have electric scooters to rent.

Riverfront bridge work could start quickly

Published Dec. 2 2018

After decades of discussions and dreaming, Jefferson City entities may begin taking their first physical steps toward providing riverfront access...

Commission reviews LGBTQ score, discusses improvements

Published Dec. 1 2018

In hopes of being more welcoming to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning and/or queer community, the Jefferson City...

Visitors pack the streets as downtown comes alive

Published Dec. 1 2018

Eagerly rushing to the winter-decorated black mailbox Friday night, brother and sister Daphne and Logan Silkwood dropped their letters to...

New JeffTran routes on tap Monday

Published Nov. 30 2018

After more than a year of waiting, JeffTran riders will have new routes to look forward to beginning next week.

Committee secures private funds for bicentennial bridge

Published Nov. 29 2018

An ad hoc committee has secured enough private donations to fund a bridge that will provide riverfront access in Jefferson...

Cole County sales tax to help children proposed

Published Nov. 25 2018

While a lack of funding has created some constraints on organizations set to help Cole County's youth, staff and volunteer...

County pushes for E. High St. project in 2019

Published Nov. 23 2018

Making improvements to East High Street must be a priority next year, the Cole County Commission emphasized during Wednesday’s meeting.

Council debates 911 mass-notification system

Published Nov. 21 2018

After years of working toward a mass-notification system, the Jefferson City Police Department will have to wait a couple of...

Cemetery board seeks donations for Civil War tombstones

Published Nov. 21 2018

To ensure Civil War veterans buried at the Old City-Woodland Cemetery are not forgotten, the Jefferson City Cemetery Resources Board...

Residents propose tax increase to fund resources for Cole County youths

Published Nov. 20 2018

Fears of increasing youth problems and lack of funding for nonprofit organizations equipped to address these issues are driving some...

Council holds off decision on 408 Lafayette St.

Published Nov. 20 2018

After much debate, the Jefferson City Council plans to hold off addressing a Lafayette Street property until it receives a...

Bike-share program experiencing growing pains

Published Nov. 18 2018

Bringing a new product or service to a community usually involves some growing pains, something Jefferson City and company Spin...

Snow plows pull up recent street striping

Published Nov. 16 2018

Drivers may have noticed snow was not the only thing sprinkled across the downtown streets Thursday morning.

City: Wall between 2 buildings failing

Published Nov. 15 2018

With the shared common wall between two downtown buildings now failing, the neighboring property owners to the crumbling downtown building...