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Bob Watson (Reporter, Photographer)

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.

Interest group seeks public rebuke of ruling

Published Nov. 16 2017

Missouri members of the Massachusetts-based National Parents Organization say an appeals court ruling last month ignored a 2016 law that...

Attorney General Hawley sued over 'residence'

Published Nov. 15 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley either should establish residence in Jefferson City or resign from office, Jefferson City resident Donna...

Appeals court re-instates 8 convictions

Published Nov. 15 2017

Joseph L. Payne and seven other Missouri prison inmates lost a case Tuesday they previously had won in trial courts.

Museum honors anniversary of U.S. entry into WWI

Published Nov. 12 2017

On Veterans Day — for one day only — the Missouri State Museum at the Capitol offered special demonstrations observing...

State employees get Black Friday off

Published Nov. 5 2017

For the seventh time in nine years, Missouri state employees will get the day after Thanksgiving as an extra holiday.

Veterans Homes monthly fees will jump

Published Oct. 31 2017

Starting Jan. 1, those living in Missouri's seven Veterans Homes will pay $100 more each month for their contribution rate.

California native named new state Senate administrator

Published Oct. 29 2017

Patrick Baker is the fifth administrator in the state Senate's history, and the second to come from California.

Appeals Court: Human Rights Commission must allow 2 employees to sue state

Published Oct. 25 2017

Two state employees must be given the right to sue the Child Support Enforcement Division for employment discrimination, a three-judge...

Griffith announces candidacy for state House seat

Published Oct. 25 2017

Dave Griffith said Tuesday he'll be running for the Missouri House of Representatives seat now held by Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson...

Steinman launches US Senate race

Published Oct. 17 2017

Leonard Steinman II is running for the U.S. Senate.He told the News Tribune on Monday he expects to run as...

State Tech vying for $1 million prize

Published Oct. 12 2017

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced Wednesday that State Technical College of Missouri is one of only two Missouri...

'Captive deer' case goes to high court

Published Oct. 11 2017

Missouri's Conservation Department has the legal and constitutional authority to regulate captive deer as well as those in the wild,...

Judge rules Missouri owes $26.3 million to blind residents

Published Oct. 9 2017

Missouri owes more than $26.312 million to blind people who were underpaid by the state's Blind Pension Fund, Cole County...

State Tech talks ways to grow

Published Oct. 8 2017

Unless it attracts 250 more students next year — a 20 percent growth — State Technical College of Missouri President...

Middleton: Steady funding among LU's needs

Published Oct. 8 2017

Mike Middleton thinks Lincoln University has a good future, but to get there, it has to attract "every student we...

State Tech receives donation for Safety Village

Published Oct. 7 2017

"Safety Village" is coming to State Technical College of Missouri.

Appeals court sends abortion law challenge to Supreme Court

Published Oct. 4 2017

A state appeals court said Tuesday the Missouri Supreme Court must decide issues that Mary Doe raised in a 2015...

DOC employee gets $1.97M in harassment case

Published Sep. 20 2017

Missouri's Corrections Department still owes Debra Hesse nearly $1.97 million in damages, attorney fees and litigation costs, a state appeals...

Lawmakers meet today for veto session

Published Sep. 13 2017

Missouri's lawmakers are back at the Capitol at noon today, holding a veto session automatically scheduled when Gov. Eric Greitens...

Middleton urges Lincoln community to 'come together'

Published Sep. 8 2017

Unity is the important goal, even in a place as diverse as Lincoln University, Interim President Mike Middleton told about...