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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.

Judge Green: Lawyers must amend abortion referendum cases

Published Jun. 12 2019

The two lawyers who filed lawsuits against Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft have until the end of business Thursday to...

Ashcroft: 2 petitions seeking abortion bill referendum don't meet Constitution requirements

Published Jun. 7 2019

Jefferson City lawyer Lowell Pearson plans to sue Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft over his decision, announced Thursday, rejecting two...

Missouri Conservation Commission proposes hunting, fishing rules changes

Published Jun. 5 2019

Missouri's Conservation Commission wants public input on several proposed changes to current department policies.

National group says Missouri rural roads, bridges in poor shape

Published May. 29 2019

Missouri has the nation's 13th worst rural roads, a national study announced last Wednesday.TRIP, formerly known as The Road Information...

Daylight reveals extent of Jefferson City tornado damage

Published May. 23 2019

As daylight began to emerge today, the first glimpses of the damage to Jefferson City from Wednesday night's tornado became...

Income tax collections jumped in April; state revenues continue ascent

Published May. 12 2019

After a slow start, Missouri's revenue picture appears to be getting better.The Revenue Department told the News Tribune that, as...

Revenue Department urges wage earners to review their withholding instructions

Published May. 12 2019

W-4 — That's the form an employee fills out so an employer knows how much income tax money to withhold...

LU moves graduation indoors

Published May. 11 2019

Rainy weather forces LU graduation ceremonies inside

Sen. Mike Bernskoetter confident CAFO bill will pass

Published Apr. 21 2019

State Sen. Mike Bernskoetter said Friday he remains confident his bill limiting local regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations, or...

'Clean Missouri' group concerned with Legislature's proposed amendment

Published Apr. 21 2019

The group "Clean Missouri," which backed the proposed constitutional amendment of the same name, is worried state lawmakers will ask...

Senator's CAFO bill ready for debate

Published Apr. 10 2019

As Missouri senators prepare to debate a bill limiting county officials' power to regulate confined animal feeding operations within their...

Parson calls for unified Missouri River management

Published Mar. 31 2019

In an editorial circulated Thursday to Missouri media outlets, Gov. Mike Parson noted Congress authorized the U.S. Army Corps of...

Fitzwater proposes amendment to re-shape House, Senate

Published Mar. 6 2019

State Rep. Travis Fitzwater thinks Missouri's Legislature is too big and wants voters to change the Constitution and re-size it.

Jefferson City residents pursue Senate seat

Published Oct. 31 2018

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe was term-limited as the 6th District Senator. Since the 2011 redistricting, the 6th Senate district covers...

Moniteau County prosecutor pleads guilty, resigns

Published Sep. 5 2018

Moniteau County's Shayne Healea pleaded guilty Tuesday to four misdemeanor counts, then resigned as prosecuting attorney.

Healea attorney denied trial delay

Published Aug. 23 2018

Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea's trial remains scheduled for Sept. 4, beginning with jury selection, Shelby County Circuit Judge Frederick...

Pre-election campaign reports filed

Published Aug. 1 2018

Republican Aaron Martin has raised more money, but spent less, than opponent Ann Perry in their Aug. 7 primary race...

Moniteau Library case finished

Published Jun. 27 2018

The legal battle over the former Moniteau County Library District is over.Special Judge Donald Barnes this month accepted receiver H.

Gov. Parson urges 'a fresh start'

Published Jun. 12 2018

Missouri must make "a fresh start at a difficult time for our state," new Gov. Mike Parson said Monday,...

Report outlines details behind prosecutor's arrest

Published May. 30 2018

The special master's report in Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea's criminal case finally has been released to the public after...