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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 Columbia 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.

Seniors to dance 'Around the World'

Published Apr. 19 2018

It's prom season again, including for local senior citizens."What we're most excited for is to learn how to dance from...

Report: UM System's economic contribution to state worth billions

Published Apr. 18 2018

The University of Missouri System provides the state with a $5.4 billion annual economic impact, according to a report released...

JCPS restructures communications department

Published Apr. 18 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools is restructuring its communications department, resulting in a related job opening.

JCPS faculty, families list mental health, bullying among safety concerns

Published Apr. 15 2018

A presentation to the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education last Monday on the results of two school safety...

Blair Oaks board talks funding for new high school

Published Apr. 11 2018

The leadership of the Board of Education for the Blair Oaks R-2 school district remained mostly unchanged Tuesday night, and...

Lighthouse Prep Academy students have hands-on anatomy learning experience

Published Apr. 11 2018

A local private Christian school teacher said his high school students' experiences Tuesday of seeing human cadavers at a nearby...

Judge approves dismissal of Guitard lawsuit against JCPS

Published Apr. 11 2018

A judge has signed off on the dismissal filed last week in one of the lawsuits against Jefferson City Public...

JCPS Board of Education swears in new members

Published Apr. 10 2018

The Board of Education for Jefferson City Public Schools swore in its new members Monday night, though the core leadership...

Jefferson City Public Schools named in gender discrimination suit

Published Apr. 8 2018

A new lawsuit was recently filed in federal court against Jefferson City Public Schools, even as the district has reached...

JCPS, former employee reach $400,000 settlement

Published Apr. 7 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools has reached a settlement in one of two lawsuits filed against the district in Cole County...

JCHS e-sports club features "League of Legends" team

Published Apr. 6 2018

It takes all types of people to crush enemies' bases of operation — and to learn communication and team skills...

Missouri Youth of the Year named at local event

Published Apr. 6 2018

A member of the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City was one of nine young people who had a...

Day of the dog at West Elementary School

Published Apr. 4 2018

A newly hired dog got to know his workplace Tuesday alongside his professional teammate.

Challengers Rowden, Enloe to replace incumbents on JCPS school board

Published Apr. 4 2018

Challengers Lindsey Rowden and Ken Enloe have won the two available seats on the Board of Education for Jefferson City...

JCPS candidates envision district's technology policy

Published Apr. 1 2018

The expansion of technology in the classroom continues to be a focus in education policy. Now that Jefferson City Public...

Rowden tops school board candidate fundraising totals

Published Apr. 1 2018

Lindsey Rowden remains the local school board candidate who has raised the most money so far during her campaign, although...

Lighthouse Prep student receives full tuition to dream school

Published Mar. 31 2018

A Lighthouse Preparatory Academy student got some rewarding news last week.

Volunteers requested to help clean up local rivers

Published Mar. 30 2018

Rain or shine, volunteers for Missouri River Relief will take to boats April 7 to help clean stretches of the...

Missouri Legislature considers bill protecting student journalists

Published Mar. 28 2018

The state Senate's education committee heard testimony again Tuesday on a bill that aims to expand First Amendment protections for...

JCPS candidates assess district climate, how to improve

Published Mar. 27 2018

Local activism and advocacy groups Monday night asked the four candidates running for two available seats on the Board of...