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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.

Jefferson City school board considers technology policies

Published Apr. 24 2019

The Policy Review Committee of Jefferson City Public Schools' Board of Education worked Tuesday to keep the district's guidelines and...

JCHS environmental club's efforts lead to trash-reducing school district policy change

Published Apr. 23 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools plans to use reusable trays and silverware across the district next school year — something that...

Group to seek end of personal property taxes through initiative petition

Published Apr. 20 2019

A former House candidate is among the members of a committee seeking to eliminate property taxes through an initiative petition.

Missouri legislature debates whether to make private schools exempt from minimum wage increase

Published Apr. 18 2019

A state representative wants to exempt private schools from minimum wage increases, in an effort to spare private schools from...

Missouri legislature debates whether to make private schools exempt from minimum wage increase

Published Apr. 17 2019

A state representative wants to exempt private schools from minimum wage increases, in an effort to spare private schools from...

JCPS expands ag program curriculum at Nichols Career Center

Published Apr. 14 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools' new curriculum for next year includes an expansion of agriculture career courses for middle and high...

Be good digital citizens, Miss Missouri tells students

Published Apr. 13 2019

Miss Missouri Katelyn Lewis spoke to students Friday at North Elementary School in Holts Summit about practicing good digital citizenship...

Governor's Mansion hosts Holocaust commemoration event

Published Apr. 11 2019

Gov. Mike Parson has signed a proclamation speaking out against anti-Semitism, and the Governor's Mansion was host Wednesday afternoon to...

Early 2020 groundbreaking planned for Blair Oaks

Published Apr. 10 2019

The first phase of Blair Oaks R-2 school district’s new high school could be ready for teachers and staff to...

Local early childhood teachers, a volunteer recognized

Published Apr. 9 2019

As part of "The Week of the Young Child" activities, Jefferson City teachers and a volunteer were recognized Monday morning...

New Conservation Federation of Missouri director values 'moments of pure joy' in the outdoors

Published Apr. 8 2019

Tyler Schwartze, the new executive director for Conservation Federation of Missouri, says his latest role is "the perfect nest" for...

JCPS teachers look back at origins of middle schools

Published Apr. 7 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools opened two new middle schools — Lewis and Clark and Thomas Jefferson middle schools — 25...

Nichols Career Center students among SkillsUSA competitors at State Tech

Published Apr. 6 2019

Students from across Missouri have taken part in the state SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference that ends today at State...

Blair Oaks graduate working to help protect ash trees from invasive insect pest

Published Apr. 5 2019

A Blair Oaks R-2 school district graduate who's gone on to study biochemistry at the Missouri University of Science and...

Owensville High School wins $100K in prizes

Published Apr. 4 2019

Three students from Owensville High School have won $100,000 worth of technology and classroom supplies for their school through the...

St. Martin Catholic School hosts spelling bee

Published Apr. 3 2019

While some local churches and schools' gyms were host to voters Tuesday, another school gym also had "choices" — as...

Blair Oaks voters select 2 new school board members

Published Apr. 3 2019

Voters in the Blair Oaks R-2 school district on Tuesday selected Dale Verslues and Tim Luebbering to be members of...

With voters' approval, Blair Oaks ready to start high school project

Published Apr. 3 2019

A large majority of voters in the Blair Oaks R-2 school district decided Tuesday that they approve of the plan...

Incumbent treasurer, Boys and Girls Club director elected to Jefferson City school board

Published Apr. 3 2019

Cole and Callaway county voters selected Lorelei Schwartz and Stephanie Johnson to be members of Jefferson City Public Schools' Board...

Missouri legislative committee discusses funding for state steamboat museum

Published Apr. 2 2019

Lots of people find history interesting — especially when they can see and touch its artifacts — but whether Missouri's...