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Bob Watson (Reporter)

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.

Capitol renovations: A lot to do in a 'short' time

Published Feb. 25 2018

For those who regularly drive around, visit or work in Missouri's Capitol, the next two years and nine months will...

Following indictment, Greitens faces 2 paths

Published Feb. 25 2018

The single criminal charge a St. Louis City grand jury filed against Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday has some politicians...

LU presidential candidate outlines priorities

Published Feb. 22 2018

William E. Hudson Jr. said Wednesday he wants to be Lincoln University's next president "because of the opportunity to help...

Review launched into state harassment policies

Published Feb. 21 2018

Citing the increasing costs of discrimination cases against state government agencies, Attorney General Josh Hawley said Tuesday his office will...

Lawmakers asked to improve abuse case investigations

Published Feb. 20 2018

Missouri lawmakers should make it easier to create domestic violence homicide review panels, and to investigate child abuse cases that...

2 LU presidential candidates to be introduced this week

Published Feb. 20 2018

The two finalists for Lincoln University's vacant presidency will have a chance to answer questions this week about themselves, their...

Would you share your password to get a job or apartment?

Published Feb. 15 2018

For the second year, state Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, wants lawmakers to prohibit employers, educational institutions and landlords from requiring,...

House committee hears proposal to remove AG's residency requirement

Published Feb. 15 2018

For the second year, the Missouri House Elections and Elected Officials Committee has been asked to let the attorney general...

Kehoe proposes 'Buy Missouri' Week in October

Published Feb. 15 2018

State Sen. Mike Kehoe thinks Missouri should have a week designated for bragging about Missouri-made products.

Judge considering request to cancel votes firing Vandeven

Published Feb. 14 2018

Cole County Senior Judge Richard Callahan issued no ruling Tuesday, after spending six hours hearing evidence in a case accusing...

2 teens' deaths help prompt proposed state law changes

Published Feb. 13 2018

Missouri lawmakers are asked this year to require people convicted of driving while intoxicated to attend a victims' impact panel.

Lawmakers again asked to require paper ballots

Published Feb. 8 2018

Phillip Michaels, of University City, has been coming to Jefferson City for a decade, asking lawmakers to require all elections...

Appeals court upholds Thompson verdict, prison sentence

Published Feb. 7 2018

Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce didn't make any errors in July 2016 when she sentenced Charles T.

Senate Judiciary Committee hears 13 bills, takes no action

Published Feb. 6 2018

State Sen. Jeanie Riddle told the Senate's Judiciary Committee on Monday that residents of her six-county district asked her to...

Riddle pitches nuclear plant safety, penalties for blocking highways

Published Feb. 6 2018

State Sen. Jeanie Riddle told the Senate's Judiciary Committee on Monday residents of her six-county district asked her to sponsor...

Greitens' budget proposes more cuts in state workforce

Published Feb. 4 2018

Gov. Eric Greitens' proposed budget for the state business year that begins July 1 would cut state government's workforce by...

Missouri sets initiative petitions record — again

Published Feb. 4 2018

For the fourth time in the last five election cycles, the Missouri secretary of state's office has handled a record...

Lawmaker proposes change to tuition law

Published Feb. 1 2018

Senate Appropriations Chairman Dan Brown on Wednesday urged committee members to find more money in the state budget for higher...

Lincoln University hosts variety of Black History Month programs

Published Feb. 1 2018

Nearly two dozen events have been scheduled for February at Lincoln University to observe Black History Month.

MADD lobbying to restore 'sobriety checkpoint' funding

Published Jan. 31 2018

Tabitha Clark, 20, of Springfield, sat on the stage in the Capitol Rotunda, listening as others told the story of...