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Phillip Sitter (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0249
Phillip Sitter is the News Tribune's education reporter. He covers governance and daily life at local schools and school districts, pre-K through grade 12, including reports on board and committee meetings; finances; school achievement and performance topics and issues; academic programs; facility expansions or renovations; partnerships with community agencies and organizations; and features on the activities, accomplishments, and personalities of students and staff. Education tends to overlap with topics like health, science, technology, community service and nonprofit groups, the arts, military service, and even disaster relief and recovery. Sitter also reports on some education topics on the state and national levels as they relate to local experiences particularly through education-related bills in the Missouri House and Senate as they are filed and debated. His time at the News Tribune has been his first full-time job in journalism, although he's a graduate student at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and has written for the Columbia Missourian and MU's Bond Life Sciences Center. He previously contributed to the News Tribune while working on the Missourian's state government beat. Sitter lives in Jefferson City and is originally from northwestern Illinois. Outside of journalism, he has worked in agriculture and in retail. He obtained his bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in Catholic social tradition from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 and lived in Washington, D.C., for a year after that while he began law school, before ultimately deciding that wasn't the career he wanted to pursue. He has also lived in London, United Kingdom, and New Orleans, Louisiana, for study-abroad and service opportunities. Follow him on Twitter at @pslifeisabeauty.

Four have filed for 2 JCPS School Board seats

Published Dec. 14 2018

The April 2 school board election for Jefferson City Public Schools is now officially competitive.

Nichols holds its own career fair

Published Dec. 13 2018

Nichols Career Center held a career fair Wednesday at The Linc that's the first of its kind in a long...

Crunch time for potential new Blair Oaks high school

Published Dec. 12 2018

Crunch time is approaching for the Blair Oaks R-2 school district as its Board of Education tries to narrow down...

JCPS approves street agreement with city

Published Dec. 11 2018

The Board of Education of Jefferson City Public Schools approved an agreement Monday night with city government on who's to...

Capital City High School: A work in progress

Published Dec. 9 2018

While standing in the cavernous spaces that will soon be Jefferson City's second public high school, Capital City High School's...

State’s Holocaust panel talks about its goals, vision

Published Dec. 7 2018

Missouri’s Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission is working on holding or participating in some prominent and public events in the...

Blair Oaks High School students, community baking cookies for sailors

Published Dec. 6 2018

Blair Oaks High School students and other people from the community have once again organized a drive to bake and...

JCPS makes progress with community tutoring

Published Dec. 2 2018

The quantity and quality of tutors and mentoring relationships in Jefferson City Public Schools has expanded through community partners over...

Woodcarvers use their skilled craft to raise money for local charities

Published Dec. 2 2018

Members of a local association of woodcarvers whittled Saturday at Jefferson City's Hy-Vee — creating Christmas cheer that will also...

A 60 degree 'Winter Wonderland'

Published Dec. 2 2018

In the lane, there wasn't much snow glistening, but the 79th Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade was still a beautiful...

New APR scores will factor in more rigorous tests

Published Dec. 1 2018

The latest annual scores of Missouri schools’ quality are expected to be released in February. Gavuging a school’s progress will...

Helias students to take mission trip to Haiti

Published Nov. 29 2018

Helias Catholic High School is planning to take 19 students on the school’s first international mission trip since 2010 —...

Helias students to take mission trip to Haiti

Published Nov. 28 2018

Helias Catholic High School is planning to take 19 students on the school's first international mission trip since 2010 —...

Boys and Girls Club leader to run for seat on JCPS board

Published Nov. 28 2018

Stephanie Johnson, who is executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City, announced Tuesday she intends to...

Special-education teacher gets $10,000 surprise

Published Nov. 27 2018

A special-education teacher at Moreau Heights Elementary School received a surprise Monday afternoon — a check worth $10,000 or 25...

JCPS survey: Leadership is strong, but trust lacking

Published Nov. 26 2018

Most of Jefferson City Public Schools' staff took a survey a few months ago, and JCPS officials said there are...

JCPS panel to advise school district on diversity, inclusion

Published Nov. 25 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools' recently inaugurated equity council is going to focus on four areas to explore diversity and inclusion...

JCPS weighing changes to start times

Published Nov. 25 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools is considering a more synchronized start time for its schools — all elementary schools at one...

CCHS unveils new logo, new additions to staff roster

Published Nov. 24 2018

Capital City High School has its logo and a new set of names to add to its staff roster.

Fired Missouri education commissioner rehired

Published Nov. 20 2018

Missouri has a new state commissioner of education; she held the office last year before she was fired due to...