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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.

Two high school projects still slightly under budget

Published Oct. 18 2018

Construction cost estimates for Jefferson City's two public high school projects have risen, but are still under budget, according to...

Pay raises for JCPS coaches approved

Published Oct. 14 2018

The Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education on Monday approved an update of the district's stipend pay schedule for...

Female candidates talk challenges, opportunities

Published Oct. 14 2018

Mid-Missouri female candidates for public offices talked Saturday afternoon in Jefferson City not only about some of the issues they're...

Blair Oaks pre-bond issue vote work under way

Published Oct. 10 2018

The Blair Oaks R-2 Board of Education did not make any decisions about a new high school for the district...

Report: Mixed results on JCPS staffing issues

Published Oct. 9 2018

A comprehensive update on the makeup of Jefferson City Public Schools' staff reported to the district's Board of Education on...

Highway accident leads to a new feathered friend

Published Oct. 7 2018

A Mid-Missouri resident named Vincent is recovering and expected to soon be released from care after a presumed head-on hit-and-run-in...

Local Cub Scout packs accepting new recruits

Published Oct. 7 2018

Families whose children are interested in signing up to be Cub Scouts in the local Boy Scouts of America district...

Report: Missouri schools quickly expanded internet connectivity

Published Oct. 6 2018

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office on Friday heralded a new report from a nonprofit partner of the state that shows...

Mid-Missouri school district to receive money in automaker settlement

Published Oct. 4 2018

The School of the Osage R-2 district is one of the first in Missouri that's been picked by a lottery...

Custodians get super thanks for their work at JCPS

Published Oct. 3 2018

Connie Klund, a custodial veteran with Jefferson City Public Schools, was among custodians in the school district recognized Tuesday as...

Teacher at work in home district looks for ways to inspire students

Published Oct. 1 2018

Dustin Jeffries wants to be the the kind of teacher who inspired him when he was younger.

'Once a Northie, always a Northie'

Published Sep. 30 2018

Schools are physical and social institutions as much as government ones in communities, and a family with multi-generational ties to...

Officers join students in hopes to make the grade

Published Sep. 28 2018

Law enforcement officers from departments in four states, including from the Cole County Sheriff's Department, joined students Thursday at St....

Report: Missouri has work to do in computer science education

Published Sep. 27 2018

Missouri will still face a lot of work in growing its support for computer science in schools, whether Gov.

Community leaders recognized at JCPS Foundation gala

Published Sep. 26 2018

The Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation hosted its annual gala Tuesday night and inducted six new members into the foundation's...

Deadlines near for voter registration, absentee ballots

Published Sep. 25 2018

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 6 election is quickly approaching.People must register before 5 p.

JCPS bus involved in minor collision

Published Sep. 25 2018

A Pioneer Trail Elementary School student was treated for minor injuries Monday afternoon after a collision between a school bus...

Ex-collector pleads guilty to embezzling $300,000

Published Sep. 25 2018

The former Callaway County collector has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling nearly $300,000 from Callaway County taxpayers, according...

Non-partisan appellate judges get good grades

Published Sep. 25 2018

The non-partisan judges seeking retention that Mid-Missouri voters will see on the Nov. 6 ballot have all scored highly with...

JCPS board president: new electronic records service is latest step toward open government

Published Sep. 23 2018

The Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education recently agreed to buy a web-based service designed to make the school...