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Bob Watson (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0245
Bob Watson primarily reports on Missouri state government, including the Legislature with a focus on the state Senate; the six statewide offices (governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer); and the courts at the trial, appeals and Supreme Court levels. He also covers the governing boards for Lincoln University in Jefferson City and the State Technical College of Missouri, Linn. He is based in Jefferson City and has lived in Missouri's capital since July 1974. He has worked in radio (1972-82), television (1982-89) and at the News Tribune since January 1989. Watson won the Missouri Bar's "Excellence in Journalism" award several times and has been part of News Tribune teams that have won awards from the Missouri Press and Kansas City Press associations. His journalism work began on his high school newspaper in St. Louis, and he's been covering news on at least a part-time basis since 1972 during his senior year in college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In high school, he wanted to be a teacher. In college, he realized journalism is another way — and better for him — to help people learn about the world around them.

Lincoln University attracts 500 to president's gala

Published Apr. 8 2018

For the 16th time, Lincoln University played host to visitors from Mid-Missouri and beyond, to raise money for the LU...

Pain sufferers seek less government in care

Published Apr. 8 2018

Imagine a toothache so strong you can't concentrate on anything — you just want it to stop.

Hawley launches Facebook investigation

Published Apr. 3 2018

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Monday he's demanding answers from social media website Facebook about how it stored, used...

Tax cut plan needs Missouri Senate vote

Published Apr. 1 2018

With surprising quickness, the Missouri Senate last week gave its preliminary approval to a major tax cut bill.

Judge approves final Blind Pension settlement

Published Mar. 31 2018

Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce on Friday approved a $21 million settlement in the 12-year-old lawsuit over Missouri's...

McCaskill defends her record in face of opposition campaign

Published Mar. 29 2018

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told Wednesday's labor "Rally for the Middle Class" that she looks forward to their support in...

Union members rally against right-to-work law

Published Mar. 29 2018

Several hundred labor union members and their supporters rallied Wednesday afternoon outside the Capitol, promising to get out the vote...

State, Mid-Missouri races set for August, November

Published Mar. 28 2018

Four Mid-Missourians filed this week — before Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline — as candidates in state legislative races.

Missouri House committee hears HBCU funding bill

Published Mar. 27 2018

If lawmakers agree with Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, the state will increase its funding to Lincoln University and St.

1965 ruling backs judge's trial-by-jury decision in Greitens' case

Published Mar. 27 2018

Gov. Eric Greitens' trial in St. Louis on criminal charges will be heard by a jury, St. Louis Circuit Judge...

Filing ends Tuesday for August primary

Published Mar. 26 2018

Tuesday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for Missourians to file as political candidates for federal, state and county offices...

Senators gear up for session's second half

Published Mar. 25 2018

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City Monday for the last eight weeks of the 2018 legislative session — a session...

6 attorneys challenge Hawley's 'Confide' investigation

Published Mar. 22 2018

Six lawyers who used to work for state government — including two who served as judges — this week called...

Second audit launched into Missouri income tax refunds process

Published Mar. 21 2018

Just two months after reporting Missouri's Revenue Department last year deliberately delayed issuing refunds to some income taxpayers, State Auditor...

Appeals court upholds MCHCP's denial of benefits

Published Mar. 21 2018

Survivors of Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan's retired beneficiaries cannot be covered by the plan after the beneficiary dies —...

Communications Workers bring state employee complaints to Capitol

Published Mar. 15 2018

About two dozen members of the Communications Workers of America visited the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby for better conditions...

10-cent fuels tax increase passes first Senate hurdle

Published Mar. 13 2018

Missouri's Senate on Monday approved a 10-cents per-gallon fuels tax increase, phased in over a five-year period.

House committee investigating Greitens meets Wednesday morning

Published Mar. 7 2018

True to Chairman Jay Barnes' word, members of the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight said nothing and answered no...

Helias celebrates 'Hall of Fame' with first-ever 'gala'

Published Mar. 4 2018

To celebrate its 11th "Hall of Fame" class of inductees, Helias Catholic High School's Foundation brought several hundred people together...

Fire department investigating cause of Friday fire

Published Mar. 4 2018

Jefferson City fire officials said the cause of a Friday evening fire on Center Street was "undetermined," shortly after the...