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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.

Missouri Legislature's joint education committee hears about computer science's potential futures in state

Published Feb. 19 2019

The executive director of the Missouri Legislature's Joint Committee on Education cautioned that committee Monday that an awareness of economic...

2 Fatima students earn full tuition to Columbia College

Published Feb. 19 2019

Two Fatima High School students were surprised in class Monday with a presentation fitting of President's Day — being named...

Survey: Cole County youth prefer e-cigarettes over traditional tobacco

Published Feb. 17 2019

A state survey released last fall shows a mix of good and bad results when it comes to Cole County...

Kids Heart Challenge helps local students beat heart disease

Published Feb. 14 2019

Local schools are participating in this year's Kids Heart Challenge by the American Heart Association. The Heart Association's program encourages...

Blair Oaks School Board looks at scoreboard, math scores

Published Feb. 13 2019

The Blair Oaks R-2 School District is aiming to upgrade its athletic scoreboards and to have its eighth-grade students score...

Holocaust survivor speaks to Helias students

Published Feb. 7 2019

Holocaust survivor Rachel Miller spoke to Helias Catholic High School students on Wednesday. Miller is the fourth survivor to speak...

JCPS staff inform families about Capital City High School's offerings

Published Feb. 6 2019

The opening of Capital City High School in the fall will mean new course opportunities for Jefferson City Public Schools'...

Jefferson City superintendent tries hand behind school bus wheel

Published Feb. 5 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools' Superintendent Larry Linthacum has taken it upon himself to see firsthand how the district could improve...

Calvary Lutheran senior shares notes on music's place in his life

Published Feb. 4 2019

Calvary Lutheran High School student Samuel Luetkemeyer was recently chosen for the All-State Band in jazz piano/keyboard as first chair...

Mid-Missouri schools evaluating APR scores

Published Feb. 3 2019

Mid-Missouri school districts talked with the News Tribune about how they scored with the state education department's Annual Performance Review....

JCPS: APR score shows progress in literacy

Published Feb. 1 2019

Leaders of the two school districts in Jefferson City — Jefferson City Public Schools and Blair Oaks R-2 — have...

Day care input to be factored in to JCPS start time discussion

Published Feb. 1 2019

The feedback that Jefferson City Public Schools' leaders received Thursday night at a second town hall on potential start time...

JCPS families voice concern over changes in start times

Published Jan. 30 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools hosts first of two town halls scheduled this week for community to discuss proposed school start...

JCPS town halls on proposed start time changes begin tonight

Published Jan. 29 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools is having two town hall meetings this week — the first one is tonight — on...

Lawsuit: JCPS coach forcibly cut student's hair

Published Jan. 29 2019

A parent has filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son against Jefferson City Public Schools and her son's former...

Governor urges people to prepare for cold weather blast

Published Jan. 29 2019

As dangerously cold temperatures overtake Missouri this week, Gov. Mike Parson is urging Missourians to understand the hazards that come...

Jefferson City strategies target getting youth off destructive paths

Published Jan. 27 2019

Juvenile court, education, youth program leaders discuss ways to proactively address potential issues of destructive behavior by youth.

JCPS plans to work with Holts Summit to build sewer connection to Callaway Hills

Published Jan. 26 2019

JCPS looks to update Callaway Hills sewer systemJefferson City Public Schools is moving forward to design and engineer connecting...

Helias Latin class translates document in St. Mary's Hospital time capsule

Published Jan. 26 2019

Helias' Latin students will translate a document found in a time capsule in the original cornerstone of St. Mary's hospital...

Missouri awarded federal early education grant

Published Jan. 25 2019

Gov. Mike Parson's office announced Thursday afternoon that Missouri will benefit from a $6.5 million federal grant to be used...