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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.

Geneva Street residents reflect on flood damage

Published Jun. 19 2019

The floodwaters had receded from parts of Geneva Street on Tuesday, but left behind were two big piles of sand,...

Jefferson City celebrates Juneteenth

Published Jun. 16 2019

Celebrations of Juneteenth in Jefferson City on Saturday included a program at Lincoln University and a heritage festival at Ellis-Porter...

MRRL teen group part of LGBTQ+ march in Jefferson City

Published Jun. 16 2019

Saturday afternoon was not the first time local LGBTQ+ youth and allies have marched in Jefferson City to raise awareness...

No damage assessment yet for Katy Trail

Published Jun. 15 2019

A guided hike on the Katy Trail this morning was still scheduled as of Friday, but that's because it's away...

Tornado response turning long-term

Published Jun. 15 2019

Recovery after the EF-3 tornado that hit Jefferson City nearly a month ago is at least in some ways pivoting...

Water recedes in Mokane; cleanup still a ways away

Published Jun. 14 2019

MOKANE — Alderman Chad Booher said Thursday the waters of the Missouri River were not in the town anymore, but...

JCPS announces Capital City High School coaching hires

Published Jun. 13 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools announced more coaching hires for Capital City High School on Wednesday.

Quinn Chapel A.M.E. site of resources after tornado, flood

Published Jun. 13 2019

Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Jefferson City was co-host with Missouri Faith Voices to a resource fair Wednesday providing assistance...

Blair Oaks to take another year on new scoreboards

Published Jun. 12 2019

The Blair Oaks R-2 school district will not have new scoreboards for at least another year, Superintendent Jim Jones told...

Some Jefferson City streets, Osage River accesses open again

Published Jun. 12 2019

Travel routes on land and water continue to reopen as local rivers slowly fall.In Jefferson City, West McCarty, West Main...

JCPS increases lunch prices for many, but not most students

Published Jun. 11 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools’ full-price lunch rate will increase 25 cents — the first increase in three years — in...

Interim superintendent of Catholic schools tabbed

Published Jun. 11 2019

The Diocese of Jefferson City announced Monday that Helias Catholic High School's principal will also serve as the interim superintendent...

Rivers continue slow decline

Published Jun. 11 2019

As water levels on the Missouri and Osage rivers continue to decrease, some Jefferson City businesses posted on social media...

Children eligible for free meals over summer

Published Jun. 9 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools’ buildings will provide breakfast and lunch to any child who walks through the door this summer,...

Wet weather, flooding mean delayed crops, leaving farmers to figure out what to do next

Published Jun. 9 2019

Many farmers in Missouri and the wider Midwest face a similar predicament as Fischer Farms — across the Missouri River...

Almost-island Post still above water on Thursday

Published Jun. 7 2019

American Veterans Post 153 Mokane was an outpost Thursday — a peninsula surrounded on three sides by sandbags and a...

Missouri State Museum giving people opportunity to share, preserve May 22 tornado stories

Published Jun. 7 2019

People involved with the May 22 tornado that hit Jefferson City, Eldon and places between — residents who lived through...

Local author recalls interviews about D-Day veterans

Published Jun. 6 2019

Thousands of men died and thousands more were wounded on this day, 75 years ago, as troops from the United...

Residents and business owners continue to battle flooding with sandbags, closures

Published Jun. 6 2019

Residents and business owners all across Jefferson City continued to deal with flooding Wednesday, but Turkey Creek Golf Center had...

Sandbagging continues in Hartsburg as levee threatened

Published Jun. 5 2019

The Missouri River's level may decline in coming days, but the river was not dropping fast enough Wednesday for Hartsburg...