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Bob Watson (Reporter, Photographer)

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

Passport cards a 'Real ID' solution for Missouri travelers

Published Nov. 20 2017

In her more than 30 years as Jefferson City's "Passport Lady," April Burger has seen a lot of changes.

Lt. Gov. report details issues at Veterans Home

Published Nov. 19 2017

Missouri's Public Safety Department last week launched its investigation of the St. Louis Veterans Home, which Gov. Eric Greitens ordered...

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.

Lawyer gets ready to appeal court rulings that favor Ameren on natural gas equipment

Published Nov. 13 2017

The counties and school districts who support a higher property value for Ameren Missouri's natural gas facilities will ask the...

Appeals court dismisses Cole County search warrant case

Published Nov. 12 2017

The Missouri appeals court's Western District on Thursday dismissed a case three of its judges heard that morning.

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...

Salvation Army ringing in the season

Published Nov. 12 2017

The red kettles are out, and the bells are ringing.

Sewell named AASCU 'senior fellow'

Published Nov. 9 2017

Former Lincoln University Provost Said Sewell has a new position — senior fellow of the American Association of State Colleges...

Presidential advisers tell teachers about executive orders, pardons

Published Nov. 8 2017

The president's power to pardon and to issue executive orders or memoranda have been hot topics in the last few...

Ameren wins two more appeals on natural gas assessments

Published Nov. 8 2017

Missouri's three appeals court divisions all have reached the same conclusion: Assessors in 16 Missouri counties didn't allow for depreciation...

MCHCP adds 'non-contraceptive' coverage option

Published Nov. 7 2017

State government employees covered by the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan have until Nov. 20 to say if they want...

State could see 440 fewer board appointments

Published Nov. 5 2017

If lawmakers and state officials follow all the recommendations of a 28-page task force report released last week, Missouri Gov....

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.

Greitens pledges more foster care, adoption bills in 2018

Published Nov. 3 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens promised Missouri's foster care and adoption systems will remain priorities during next year's legislative session.

Parson: veterans home needs independent probe

Published Nov. 1 2017

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday called for a new, independent investigation of the state's St. Louis Veterans Home, just...

Kerr wins discrimination case appeal

Published Nov. 1 2017

There were no mistakes made in Pat Rowe Kerr's trial last year against the Missouri Veterans Commission, Director Larry Kay...

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.

Families question St. Louis veterans home operations

Published Oct. 29 2017

A St. Louis group contends the Missouri's Veterans Commission is ignoring problems at the state's Veterans Home in North St.