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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.

Jefferson City committee OKs fire department vehicle purchase

Published Feb. 23 2019

The Jefferson City Fire Department hopes to purchase a new utility emergency vehicle with money left over following the sale...

Municipal judge candidates talk goals during forum

Published Feb. 22 2019

With the April 2 election less than two months away, Jefferson City municipal judge candidates fielded questions about their goals...

Jefferson City to display baseball-themed sculpture

Published Feb. 21 2019

The Jefferson Cultural Arts Commission received a bronze "School's Out" sculpture — portraying a boy throwing a baseball.

Jefferson City Council denies Timber Trail short-term rental

Published Feb. 19 2019

After several residents spoke in opposition, the Jefferson City Council unanimously denied a permit for a short-term rental on Timber...

Jefferson City seeks to regulate small wireless facilities in historic districts

Published Feb. 17 2019

To help protect the historic nature of several neighborhoods, the Jefferson City Council will consider requiring telecommunication companies to get...

Short-term rental on Hastings Road advanced by P&Z

Published Feb. 16 2019

Despite several residents speaking in opposition, the Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of operating a short-term rental...

Several Cole County towns losing recycling service

Published Feb. 15 2019

Republic Services will be ending residential curbside recycling for several Cole County towns, including St.

Jefferson City committee wants stronger nuisance violation code

Published Feb. 15 2019

The Jefferson City Public Works and Planning Committee approved language Thursday that would add more teeth to the city’s repeat...

Jefferson City committee discusses west-end stormwater solutions

Published Feb. 15 2019

After heavy rains in 2016 led to flooding issues along Stadium Boulevard and Douglas Drive, the Jefferson City Public Works...

Parks Commission approves $1.6 million for Community Park equipment and supplies

Published Feb. 13 2019

Taking one step closer to completing improvements at Community Park, the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission approved $1.6 million...

Historic Preservation Commission denies Swifts Highway property demolition

Published Feb. 13 2019

The Historic Preservation Commission denied Trinity Lutheran Church's request to demolish a property on Swifts Highway, which used to house...

Capital City Productions debating whether to leave Shikles Auditorium

Published Feb. 10 2019

With a deadline the first week of April, Capital City Productions must decide whether to submit a redevelopment proposal to...

East McCarty roundabouts to feature patriotic displays

Published Feb. 10 2019

To educate people and support veterans, the East Side Business Association and American Legion Post 5 plan to add patriotic...

Snow days abound as Mid-Missouri weathers winter

Published Feb. 8 2019

Since Jefferson City was on the cusp of potential inclement weather, several local schools called off, adding another snow day...

Jefferson City seeks volunteers for boards

Published Feb. 7 2019

Jefferson City is seeking more volunteers for its committees, commissions and boards.The city's Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, Board of Adjustment,...

Jefferson City's High Street receives Missouri great place designation

Published Feb. 7 2019

High Street in Jefferson City received this year's Great Street in Missouri award through the Missouri Chapter of the American...

Housing Authority accepting redevelopment proposals for Shikles Auditorium

Published Feb. 6 2019

The Jefferson City Housing Authority, acting as the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, is seeking proposals for redevelopment of Shikles...

Jefferson City Council rejects joining opioid lawsuit

Published Feb. 5 2019

The Jefferson City Council decided Monday evening to not join a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and others in the...

Spin scooters see 3,600 rides since December launch

Published Feb. 5 2019

Despite the winter weather, there have been more than 3,600 rides since the new rental scooters' December launched in Jefferson...

Volunteers prep for new children's mountain bike trail at Binder Park

Published Feb. 4 2019

While several Jefferson City residents walked, bicycled and threw rocks Sunday afternoon into the lake at Binder Park, members of...