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Bob Watson (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0245
E-mail: bwatson@newstribune.com
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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.

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...

Judge orders documents to be produced for House panel

Published May. 29 2018

Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign committee, Greitens for Missouri, and A New Missouri, the nonprofit organization formed to support Greitens and...

Supreme Court blocks part of Moniteau County prosecutor report

Published May. 1 2018

The Missouri Supreme Court has allowed the release of a special master's report about Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea's...

Senate and House readying to debate final budget lines

Published Apr. 29 2018

The Missouri House and Senate agree state employees should get a $700 annual pay raise.

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...