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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.

Safety net for life: Local group, students contribute to climate change-themed art project

Published Aug. 16 2018

Falcons don't normally need parachutes to soar, but Rashelle Murillo hopes the peregrine she painted on a chute that's destined...

Blair Oaks' school board OKs tax increase

Published Aug. 15 2018

Residents who live within the taxing authority of the Blair Oaks R-2 school district will see their taxes increase at...

JCPS active shooter training for teachers, staff underway

Published Aug. 15 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools' teachers are doing more at the beginning of the school year that starts Thursday than preparing...

JCPS board presented with proactive approach

Published Aug. 14 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools' Chief of Learning Brian Shindorf told the district's Board of Education on Monday night that he...

JCPS reflects as it prepares for the coming year

Published Aug. 14 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools opened its academic year with an aim to energize its teachers to take on some of...

Cole County R-5 to offer extra care for students

Published Aug. 13 2018

The Cole County R-5 School District in Eugene will begin offering before- and after-school care for students in pre-K through...

Eldon expands free breakfast to all K-8 students

Published Aug. 12 2018

The Eldon R-1 School District will offer free breakfast to all students in grades K-8 starting at the beginning of...

Budget committee: No cuts to Parks requests

Published Aug. 10 2018

The Jefferson City Budget Committee on Thursday night discussed the expenses requested by two final city departments before the City...

New teachers hear advice, welcomed at Rotary luncheon

Published Aug. 9 2018

The real-life experiences of educators usually aren't the same as Hollywood depictions, but even movie characters such as the ringleader...

Local student's flight, survival skills tested

Published Aug. 7 2018

Daniel Thurman flew a fighter jet and a drone, made it out of a sinking aircraft, had to try to...

Resources remain for families needing help with school supplies

Published Aug. 5 2018

There are several continuing or upcoming opportunities for people in the community to contribute or receive school supplies.

JCPS leaders update on boundary lines, construction

Published Aug. 4 2018

A proposal to leave Jefferson City Public Schools' attendance boundary lines as they are — except as it relates to...

Pee Wee Livestock Show, goat shows give children chance to show off animals

Published Aug. 3 2018

There were droves of kids at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair on Thursday, and there were also many...

Teen-led town hall on school safety produces ideas for solutions

Published Aug. 3 2018

The high school student organizers of the "Teen Town Hall" held Thursday night at the Boys & Girls Club of...

Public meeting attendees favor raising Blair Oaks levy sooner

Published Aug. 1 2018

The Blair Oaks R-2 school district Tuesday night hosted the second of two meetings to gauge the local community's interest...

'Empty Bowls' seeks to fill Salvation Army's food stocks

Published Aug. 1 2018

Hundreds of people attended the third annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser Tuesday to fill The Salvation Army's needs, as well as...

Presenter on family separation policy urges local residents to localize their response

Published Jul. 31 2018

The Jefferson City Human Relations Commission hosted a briefing for the community Monday night on family separation policies at the...

Teen Town Hall to focus on school safety, gun violence

Published Jul. 29 2018

Three Jefferson City High School teenagers have organized a listening session this week to make sure students' voices are included...

JCPS approves final bid package for second high school

Published Jul. 26 2018

The Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday approved the fourth and final bid package for Capital City...

Spirit like a river

Published Jul. 26 2018

Joe Wilson no longer presides over the Jefferson City checkpoint of the Missouri River 340 endurance race in body, but...