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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 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.

Osage County Sheriff's Office benefits from federal program

Published Aug. 25 2019

In the past year and a half, Osage County Sheriff Mike Bonham has received hundreds of thousands of dollars worth...

Jefferson City School District: Turnover is improving

Published Aug. 25 2019

Employment trends among staff of Jefferson City School District have generally been consistent — more resignations, stable numbers of retirements,...

JC Schools announces new Capital City High School staff

Published Aug. 24 2019

The Jefferson City School District recently shared more than 40 previously unannounced staff hires for Capital City High School.

Jefferson City School District debuts new name, logo and website

Published Aug. 24 2019

Jefferson City's public school district is publicly going by a different name — Jefferson City School District.

Spanish students visit Jefferson City, get a taste of life in US

Published Aug. 22 2019

Ten high school students from Spain who are educated at an English academy opened by a Jefferson Citian have been...

JCPS high school staffs moving in to new, renovated facilities

Published Aug. 21 2019

With school set to start Aug. 27, Jefferson City Public Schools' two high school projects are on time and under...

Missouri Department of Corrections employees deliver school supplies

Published Aug. 20 2019

A group of Missouri Department of Corrections employees Monday morning made a special back-to-school delivery to Callaway Hills Elementary School.

Jefferson City area eighth-graders offered free YMCA membership

Published Aug. 19 2019

The Jefferson City YMCA has a new program that offers free access to all three local YMCA facilities for all...

St. Joseph Cathedral expands special education department

Published Aug. 18 2019

St. Joseph Cathedral School has doubled the size of its special education department. While that means having two certified special...

THORPE GORDON ELEMENTARY: Teachers, staff marshal forces to help students, their families

Published Aug. 18 2019

The teachers of Thorpe Gordon Elementary School were nominated as "Heroes of the Storm" by the mother of a teacher...

THOMAS JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL AND LARRY LINTHACUM: JCPS quickly mobilizes staff, opens middle school as shelter for victims

Published Aug. 18 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum and the staff of Thomas Jefferson Middle School were nominated as "Heroes of...

It takes Courage2Report, but what happens next?

Published Aug. 18 2019

A tip-line for confidentially reporting threats of school violence in Missouri got an overhaul this summer — though it's still...

Backpack, school supply giveaway today

Published Aug. 17 2019

Local churches have teamed up to offer free backpacks containing school supplies from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17, 2019, at...

First day at Blair Oaks, St. Martin Catholic School reported to have gone well

Published Aug. 16 2019

Thursday was the first day back from summer for area schools including in the Blair Oaks R-2 School District and...

Extension granted on negotiations over Rock Island Trail

Published Aug. 15 2019

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad have been approved to extend negotiations on 144 miles of...

Before- and after-school spots available for Jefferson City Public Schools students

Published Aug. 15 2019

With the change in start times for Jefferson City Public Schools, as of Wednesday afternoon, there were a few spots...

Blair Oaks sets tax rate, approves budget

Published Aug. 14 2019

The Board of Education of the Blair Oaks R-2 school district set its tax rate Tuesday night, ahead of the...

Jefferson City Public Schools hires principals, director of health services and other administrative staff

Published Aug. 13 2019

Students at South Elementary School and Jefferson City Academic Center will have new principals at the start of the school...

Jefferson City Public Schools sets tax rate, anticipates high school projects to be on time

Published Aug. 13 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools' tax rate will not increase this year, as the high school projects that recent previous years'...

Missouri assessing early childhood services, awaits possible renewal of grant

Published Aug. 12 2019

Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been assessing the needs of early childhood services in the state with...