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Rebecca Martin (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0259
Rebecca Martin is city editor of the News Tribune. She works with reporters to coordinate the newspaper's daily news coverage plans and writes news stories occasionally. Prior to becoming city editor in January 2017, Martin served as features editor and business reporter for the News Tribune for over two years. As business reporter, she covered news about Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri businesses and issues affecting them for the daily newspaper as well as the News Tribune's quarterly business journal, #jcmo Inside Business. As features editor, she focused on expanding and improving the News Tribune's Style and Flavor sections, encouraging use of more local voices in those areas to better represent the community. She previously worked as a reporter at Central Missouri Newspapers' The Lake Today, a weekly newspaper covering the Lake of the Ozarks area. Born and raised in Jefferson City, Martin is happy to serve her hometown by working to provide it quality local news coverage. She is a graduate of Helias High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, in 2013. Follow her on Twitter at @beccamar10.

CASSIE HUCKABAY: Mom of two saw opportunity to teach children how to give back to community

Published Aug. 18 2019

Being a hero to someone doesn't take much. If you ask Cassie Huckabay, it's as easy as leaving your house.

ZACH PAUL: Meteorologist tracked storm, alerted community of danger

Published Aug. 18 2019

KRCG 13 Chief Meteorologist Zach Paul loves his job.But the night of May 22, it was a stressful one.

MELISSA LEE: Volunteer networked to match tornado victims' needs with resources

Published Aug. 18 2019

Response was swift in Jefferson City after the May 22 tornado, as volunteers and donations flooded damaged areas to help...

ANDREA, MITCH KOETTING: Couple saw tragedy as chance to unite neighborhood

Published Aug. 18 2019

Before the dust could have settled from the May 22 tornado, Andrea and Mitch Koetting were at the end of...

RILEY FAMILY: Despite its own losses, family driven by desire to take care of community

Published Aug. 18 2019

The catastrophic destruction at the car dealerships on Christy Drive became an emblem of the May 22 tornado that hit...

LAUREL DUNWOODY: Food aficionado fed a community, sense of hope

Published Aug. 18 2019

Food is Laurel Dunwoody's love language.So as her neighbors walked numbly around High Street and Capitol Avenue surveying tornado damage...

DOUG SCHRIMPF: Contractor, victim of tornado himself, worked tirelessly to help others

Published Aug. 18 2019

A storm that took no more than a few minutes to blow through Jefferson City wiped out 40 years' worth...

STEVE BARNES, AND ALAN AND JUSTIN BRAUN: Cole County firemen affected by tornado, but took care of community first

Published Aug. 18 2019

Firefighters are among the first to respond after a disaster — but what if they've experienced the disaster themselves?For four...

CALIFORNIA WOMEN'S BUSINESS COUNCIL: Six strong-willed women band together, raise funds for victims

Published Aug. 18 2019

The May 22 tornado destroyed a lot. It also created an idea for something good.Much of the story after the...

CASSIE, ANNIE PRUITT: Sisters provided vital link at distribution center between victims, donors

Published Aug. 18 2019

Cassie and Annie Pruitt have gotten an education in community service this summer.The sisters, ages 16 and 14, volunteered immediately...

LORENZO DAVIS JR: Building Community Bridges president's help spanned generations

Published Aug. 18 2019

Building Community Bridges started its mission to uplift youth in Jefferson City through a basketball program intended to teach children...

SALVATION ARMY: Volunteers, staff pull together to offer shelter, food for community

Published Aug. 18 2019

The Salvation Army's international charitable organization prides itself on "doing the most good.

DERESE HERNDON: Quinn Chapel member's desire to help blessed countless residents

Published Aug. 18 2019

Just two blocks from Jackson Street, a main center of the May 22 tornado's damage, Quinn Chapel A.

Businesses hit by tornado picking up pieces

Published Jun. 16 2019

Some Jefferson City businesses shuttered in the May 22 tornado's immediate aftermath have already reopened to customers, while others continue...

Riley Chevrolet to relocate sales, service until dealership is rebuilt

Published Jun. 10 2019

Just over two weeks after a tornado destroyed much of the car dealerships on Christy Drive in Jefferson City, the...

Animal shelter matching up tornado victims, pets

Published Jun. 9 2019

The night of May 22 was terrifying for former Hawthorne Apartments resident Deborah Tragasz, as an EF-3 tornado destroyed her...

BizBeat: Neighborhood bar puts down roots in Old Munichburg

Published Jun. 9 2019

Sal Nuccio wants The Tavern to be Old Munichburg’s neighborhood bar.Nuccio opened the bar in mid-May at 130 E.

BizBeat: The Blue Skillet lives on in Skillett's Catering

Published Jun. 2 2019

Phillippia Rome's soul-food restaurant might have closed, but she hasn't lost her soul for home cooking — and neither has...

Mid-Mo cleanup, restoration businesses busy in storm's aftermath

Published Jun. 2 2019

When the dust settled from last week's tornado, many Mid-Missourians went to work.That's because other things settled, too — trees...

Tornado haphazardly rambles through Cole County neighborhoods

Published May. 24 2019

Wednesday night's tornado bounced its way up U.S. 54, hitting several Cole County neighborhoods on its way from Eldon to...