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Philip Joens (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0251
Philip Joens is a News Tribune staff writer covering businesses large and small in and around Jefferson City. A Sioux City, Iowa native, he has dabbled in business and sports journalism during most of his young career. Previously he covered technology at the Pacific Coast Business Times in Santa Barbara, California, interned at the Los Angeles Business Journal and on the sports desk at KTIV News 4 in Sioux City. During his free time he umpires baseball and officiates basketball locally, and he enjoys writing poetry and riding his road bike. Follow him on Twitter at @Philip_Joens.

Asphalt dreams: Local student aspires to drive through NASCAR program

Published Oct. 18 2018

Ryu Taggart sat in a Diamond Pet Foods racing suit in front of bright lights and cameras during a news...

3rd District incumbent holds wide lead in fundraising

Published Oct. 17 2018

Five-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, holds a wide lead in fundraising for Missouri's 3rd Congressional District seat.

Sip N' Shop set for Nov. 3

Published Oct. 16 2018

Downtown Jefferson City businesses want people to ring in the holidays while sipping on suds from Missouri breweries and wineries...

Statewide program strives to draw attention to Missouri-made products

Published Oct. 14 2018

When making windows at the Quaker Window Products' factory in Freeburg, robots do the heavy lifting as panes of glass...

BizBeat: Joe Machens renovation underway

Published Oct. 14 2018

A long-delayed project to renovate part of the Joe Machens' Capital City Ford dealership at 807 Southwest Blvd.

BizBeat: Flea market opens in old Linn school

Published Oct. 14 2018

A new flea market and antique mall opened Oct. 3 in an old school building in Linn.

Quaker Windows plans to build $65 million factory at Eldon

Published Oct. 11 2018

Freeburg-based window manufacturer Quaker Window Products announced plans Thursday to build a $65 million factory in Eldon.

Minimum wage proposal divides businesses

Published Oct. 11 2018

A proposal to raise Missouri's minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2023 is dividing businesses.Proponents of the measure said...

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival presses on despite forecast

Published Oct. 11 2018

The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival will press on this year, come rain or high water.Organizers said showers forecast for the weekend...

NWS issues Missouri River flood warning

Published Oct. 9 2018

Heavy rain Sunday caused severe weather conditions that could linger for days.

RC racing brings relief

Published Oct. 9 2018

Race cars fly, spin and tumble on a dirt track in a machine shed just southwest of Jefferson City.

Missouri Amendment 4 would change laws governing bingo gaming

Published Oct. 8 2018

Representatives of two local groups said they support proposed constitutional changes to laws governing bingo gaming in Missouri.

BizBeat: Mall's Hibbett Sports getting facelift

Published Oct. 7 2018

Hibbett Sports' Capital Mall store recently began extensive renovations.Store Manager Ty Austin said Hibbett Sports wants to expand options for...

BizBeat: Dollar General considering Wardsville store

Published Oct. 7 2018

Discount retailer Dollar General confirmed this week it's considering opening a store in Wardsville.

BizBeat: Alcobacco open for business

Published Oct. 7 2018

Alcohol and tobacco accessory shop Alcobacco held a grand opening Friday at 1904 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City.

Holiday Inn to open by end of year

Published Oct. 6 2018

A Holiday Inn & Suites being built on the site of the former Truman Hotel in Jefferson City will open...

Area business participates in Manufacturing Day

Published Oct. 6 2018

Cheye Violet Richards strolled around Command Web’s printing facility Friday morning with her son, Sylas, in tow as they watched...

Manufacturing career options: Nationwide event aims to attract youth to the manufacturing field

Published Oct. 6 2018

Cheye Violet Richards strolled around Command Web's printing facility Friday morning with her son, Sylas, in tow as they watched...

Local companies receive economic development grants

Published Oct. 2 2018

Seven local companies received grants from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to assist in training employees, the department announced...

Chamber seminar promotes franchise ownership

Published Sep. 30 2018

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce wants to open doors to new franchise owners through a seminar at its...