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Phillip Sitter (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0249
E-mail: phillip@newstribune.com
Bio:
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 Columbia 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.

Resale store gives $25,000 to local high school

Published Jun. 18 2018

Calvary's Gift resale store last week gave $25,000 to Calvary Lutheran High School, which brought the total amount of money...

JCPS discusses open-concept spaces at high schools

Published Jun. 17 2018

With just over a year before students enter the hallways of Capital City High School and a renovated Jefferson City...

Sideline access

Published Jun. 16 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools’ Board of Education last month approved a cloud-computing service that will grant sideline or courtside coaches...

State Board of Education in no hurry to find new commissioner

Published Jun. 14 2018

Members of the Missouri State Board of Education said Thursday that they do not want to rush the job of...

JCPS boundary line changes still unsettled

Published Jun. 14 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools on Wednesday night hosted the second of two scheduled community meetings on proposed school attendance boundary...

Some schools fare better than others in 2018 bus inspections

Published Jun. 13 2018

The results of the Missouri Highway Patrol's annual school bus inspections are a mixed bag for Mid-Missouri schools.

JCPS hosts first of two meetings discussing boundary change options

Published Jun. 13 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools on Tuesday night hosted the first of two community boundary line meetings scheduled for this week...

JCPS Board of Education approves first bid package for JCHS renovation

Published Jun. 12 2018

The Board of Education for Jefferson City Public Schools approved Monday night the first bid package guaranteed maximum price-amendment with...

Community rallies around boy diagnosed with genetic disease

Published Jun. 12 2018

Jacob Gladbach, 14, likes football, his family's pet cats and playing games on his Xbox, and he said he doesn't...

2 JCHS students competing at national coding competition

Published Jun. 11 2018

Two Jefferson City High School students will travel out of state in a couple of weeks to speak in code...

Suicide prevalence increases in Missouri

Published Jun. 9 2018

Missouri is one of the majority of states in the United States that saw a significant increase in suicide rates...

Continuing the diversity discussion

Published Jun. 7 2018

Local education, juvenile justice and recreation leaders were asked Wednesday to search within themselves and examine their privileges and biases...

JCPS to host boundary line discussions

Published Jun. 6 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools will host two public meetings next week to take input from community members on the district's...

New Missouri Gov. Parson to keep predecessor's cabinet

Published Jun. 4 2018

New Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Monday morning that his immediate priorities after the resignation of previous Gov. Eric Greitens...

Helias grad receives scholarship for e-sports

Published Jun. 4 2018

Bryce Dudenhoeffer already is a local digital pioneer, and he wants to use his e-sports-funded college career to become a...

JCPS looking for more reading tutors

Published Jun. 3 2018

Central office administrators from Jefferson City Public Schools were trained last week to become reading tutors, and the district is...

Details available about where summer free meals will be provided

Published Jun. 3 2018

The school year is over, but there are still opportunities for local children who need access to meals they don't...

Mayor declares Saturday ‘Gun Safety Awareness Day’

Published Jun. 2 2018

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin has signed a proclamation to declare Saturday as “Gun Safety Awareness Day,” and what she...

JCPS says buses should run smoothly after Tuesday issues

Published May. 31 2018

There were problems with transportation Tuesday afternoon after Jefferson City Public Schools' first day of summer school, but JCPS officials...

School districts evaluate graduation rates

Published May. 27 2018

As another year's high school graduation season draws to a close, so do the books on school districts' graduation statistics.