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Joe Gamm (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0248
Joe Gamm reports on social services, health and religion, also covering legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives. He is now based in Jefferson City, but the trip from his Lake Ozark hometown was a long one. He has worked in restaurants and in construction. In 1991, he went to the West Coast, where he became a buckaroo (meaning he sat in a saddle following cattle all day) and learned to snow ski. He returned to the lake and eventually opened and ran a contracting business. But he left again to begin to learn to write. After graduating from the University of Washington, having double-majored in journalism and political science, he took a writing job in Oregon. Reporting has taken him to Texas and North Carolina. He decided to return to his home state in December. He has received awards from press associations in Washington, Oregon, Texas and North Carolina.

Donations sought to answer 'urgent' needs in Mid-Missouri storm recovery

Published May. 29 2019

The coordinated donation site for items needed by victims of recent storms in Central Missouri opened this afternoon, a day...

United Way coordinating volunteers, donations after recent storms

Published May. 29 2019

Anyone needing help following recent flooding and tornadoes in Mid-Missouri should call 211.The 211 service, provided by the United Way,...

Bernskoetter's Rock Island Trail bill goes back to Senate

Published May. 7 2019

A Missouri Senate bill intended to create an endowment fund that would benefit the Rock Island Trail State Park has...

Central Missouri co-op awarded $72 million in loans

Published Apr. 10 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday awarded $72,153,000 in loans to a Central Missouri-based electricity generation and transmission cooperative.

Youth football contact a difficult issue to tackle

Published Apr. 10 2019

The majority of U.S. parents support minimum ages for tackling in youth football, according to a new report by the...

Report: Changes to federal program improved weight outcomes

Published Apr. 10 2019

Missouri was one of 31 states that recorded modest decreases in obesity among young children following changes to a federal...

Moniteau County among healthiest in state

Published Mar. 27 2019

Moniteau County returned to the top 10 of the state's healthiest counties in 2018, a distinction it had not enjoyed...

Russellville students participate in Youth Art Month

Published Mar. 12 2019

Youth Art Month wrapped up Tuesday with a ceremony in the Missouri state Capitol to acknowledge students who created works...

United Way announces record amount available for community grants

Published Feb. 27 2019

United Way of Central Missouri leadership looked at each other in stunned silence when they realized how much money they...

Assessment identifies area's health needs

Published Feb. 27 2019

Gaining access to good health care — particularly in rural communities — is the top priority for residents of five...

Youth programs in Moniteau receive grant

Published Jul. 26 2018

The Council for Drug Free Youth received a $4,300 grant from the United Way of Central Missouri for several programs...

Assistant Highway Patrol supervisor holds expectations high

Published Apr. 8 2018

Some of Lt. Col. Eric T. Olson's most gratifying moments in the Missouri Highway Patrol came during his 14 years...

Health providers prepare for their own checkup

Published Apr. 6 2018

Community input is necessary for an accurate assessment of the area's health care needs.

Residents learn about medical marijuana consequences

Published Apr. 5 2018

More information is released every day on the possible outcomes of legalizing marijuana.

Memorial re-invigorates people doing King's work 50 years later

Published Apr. 5 2018

About 40 people stood on the Missouri Supreme Court steps singing folk songs early Wednesday evening.

Report: Poverty is widespread in Missouri

Published Apr. 1 2018

While Missouri's poverty rate has edged lower, it still remains notably higher than the national average, according to a 2018...

Missouri lawmakers honor scores of Vietnam veterans

Published Mar. 30 2018

A last-minute flood of Missouri men and women committed to attending Missouri Vietnam Veterans Day on Thursday at the Capitol.

Bishop asks area priests to preach against racism

Published Mar. 29 2018

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City last week joined other Roman Catholic bishops in asking...

Candidates for Congress sign promise to America

Published Mar. 28 2018

Several Democratic candidates for Congress gathered Tuesday in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda to sign "Our Promise to America."

Missouri lawmakers to honor Vietnam veterans Thursday

Published Mar. 27 2018

Members of the state's House of Representatives will host a Missouri Vietnam Veterans Day on Thursday at the Capitol.