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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 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.

School savings plans expanded

Published Jan. 22 2018

The recent federal tax overhaul included an expansion of an education savings program that will allow families with students in...

JCPS, Blair Oaks highlight classroom changes brought through more student devices

Published Jan. 21 2018

It's been a little more than a semester since the Jefferson City Public Schools and Blair Oaks R-2 districts greatly...

Marchers say minorities, women and freedoms have suffered greatly under Trump

Published Jan. 21 2018

A mass of people that included many Jefferson City residents and Mid-Missourians took to the streets Saturday across the United...

Feds OK state's education plan

Published Jan. 19 2018

The U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Tuesday she had approved Missouri's consolidated state plan under the Every...

Guinn named activities director at Helias

Published Jan. 17 2018

It's an opportunity for Tom Guinn to do something he's always wanted. "This has been a goal of mine for a...

JCPS diversity: more data reviews, staff training coming

Published Jan. 14 2018

Developments continue in the formation of Jefferson City Public Schools' plan to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues discussed by...

Goodwill-run adult high schools have aggressive timeline

Published Jan. 14 2018

The announcement last week that MERS Goodwill received the contract to establish four adult high schools in Missouri means thousands...

JCPS eyes swapping smartboards for interactive TVs

Published Jan. 13 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools is considering replacing the smartboards in its high schools with interactive TVs to liberate teachers from...

MSHSAA: Schools being more proactive about head injuries

Published Jan. 11 2018

The Missouri State High School Activities Association's most recent report on head injuries suggests high schools' sports and activities communities...

New Blair Oaks high school likely another election off

Published Jan. 10 2018

The Blair Oaks R-2 school district's Board of Education on Tuesday continued to discuss the prospects of whether to ask...

Some JCPS discipline disparity questions answered, others remain

Published Jan. 9 2018

Jefferson City Public Schools has been cleared by the state of some culpability for a racial disparity in the district's...

Helias teacher receives music educator award

Published Jan. 8 2018

Jana Fox is a local teacher with a long sheet of musical talents and accomplishments, and she'll soon add some...

Schools: Student anxiety, depression on the rise

Published Jan. 7 2018

Most people today are part of a grand experiment testing how the omnipresence of information delivered through technology will affect...

Filing deadline approaching for April election

Published Jan. 7 2018

The deadline is approaching for candidates to file for April elections.Filing for Jefferson City Council seats is open 8 a.

JCPS votes to switch insurance plan to cover high school projects

Published Jan. 6 2018

After Jefferson City Public Schools' initial plan for insurance coverage of its two high school projects fell through, the district's...

DESE: No payment delays due to lack of quorum

Published Jan. 5 2018

The state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Thursday school districts shouldn't notice any interruptions in their receipt of...

Two Jefferson City schools locked down Wednesday as precaution

Published Jan. 4 2018

Moreau Heights Elementary School and Lewis and Clark Middle School went on lockdown Wednesday morning at the encouragement of the...

Blair Oaks designs exceed available funds

Published Jan. 4 2018

The Blair Oaks R-2 district's Board of Education has not yet decided whether to put a question to fund construction...

Local 'Treasure Island' performances set sail

Published Jan. 4 2018

About half of Laura Vedenhaupt's current co-workers are pirates, but she's not in danger despite the prominence of the skull...

Blair Oaks schools host active shooter training

Published Jan. 4 2018

The worst part of a school shooting might almost be the silence that's as deafening as gunshots.