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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.

JCPS leaders: Breakfast in classroom is boon for students

Published Mar. 8 2019

It's not breakfast in bed, but local school leaders said Thursday that breakfast in the classroom is helping students start...

JCHS students sort through trash in plan to correct school's consumption practices

Published Mar. 8 2019

Jefferson City High School students did an audit Thursday after school — not of finances, but of trash — and...

Blair Oaks school board candidates discuss qualifications at forum

Published Mar. 6 2019

The Blair Oaks R-2 school district has five candidates running for two available seats on the Board of Education, and...

Blair Oaks leaders: New high school the priority

Published Mar. 6 2019

A new high school is "not just the highest priority, but it is the priority," Blair Oaks' Superintendent Jim Jones...

Cost savings to allow Capital City HS practice fields to be lit

Published Mar. 3 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools plans to use some savings in the budget for its two high school construction projects to...

Four seek two JCPS school board seats

Published Mar. 3 2019

There are four candidates — including one incumbent — who are running for two available seats on the Board of...

Blair Oaks to vote on bond issue, operating levy for new high school

Published Mar. 3 2019

The Blair Oaks R-2 School District is asking voters on April 2 to decide whether they want to pay to...

Five vying for two Blair Oaks school board seats

Published Mar. 3 2019

There are five candidates — including two incumbents — who are running for two available seats on the Board of...

Lincoln University research aims to hook small-time fish farmers

Published Mar. 1 2019

A Lincoln University professor is working to develop a fish-farming technique that will benefit small, part-time producers in Missouri —...

Leaders, students talk about male mentoring program at JCHS

Published Feb. 28 2019

The Jefferson City High School students in Kappa Alpha Psi, a predominantly African-American fraternity, said their participation in the organization...

Jefferson City youth organizations explore adding child care options on west side

Published Feb. 27 2019

As Jefferson City Public Schools explores changing school start times, local youth organizations said possible expansion of child care services...

East Elementary students read to residents of Jefferson City Animal Shelter

Published Feb. 27 2019

East Elementary School's librarian Laura Williams rewarded the school's top-performing and most-improved readers with a field trip Tuesday to read...

Jefferson City Public Schools start time change to be voted on in March

Published Feb. 26 2019

The school start time changes recommended to the Board of Education for Jefferson City Public Schools to be voted on...

Timeline lays out details of 9 Jefferson City Public Schools lawsuits

Published Feb. 24 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools faces six active lawsuits, and although three of the suits have been filed since the start...

Lawsuits have cost JCPS over $1.1 million

Published Feb. 24 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools has spent more than $1.1 million on lawsuits and settlements since the Karen Ray lawsuit was...

JCPS candidate forum features diversity, discipline and lawsuit discussions

Published Feb. 22 2019

Discipline, lawsuits and diversity bookended a forum Thursday night for Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education candidates held by...

Trust fund established to benefit auditorium at Miller Performing Arts Center

Published Feb. 22 2019

The auditorium at the Etta and Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center was named Thursday after the late David R. Goller...

Gov. Parson drives tractor to Capitol to support Missouri FFA

Published Feb. 19 2019

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson drove a tractor to the State Capitol on Tuesday to declare this week as National FFA...

Missouri Legislature's joint education committee hears about computer science's potential futures in state

Published Feb. 19 2019

The executive director of the Missouri Legislature's Joint Committee on Education cautioned that committee Monday that an awareness of economic...

2 Fatima students earn full tuition to Columbia College

Published Feb. 19 2019

Two Fatima High School students were surprised in class Monday with a presentation fitting of President's Day — being named...