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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.

Missouri Democrats sue over lieutenant governor appointment

Published Jun. 19 2018

The Missouri Democratic Party is suing to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor.

Kehoe named lieutenant governor

Published Jun. 19 2018

State Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, is Missouri's new lieutenant governor, effective Monday afternoon.

Parson urges 'a fresh start' in first address at joint-Legislature

Published Jun. 12 2018

Missouri must make "a fresh start at a difficult time for our state," new Gov. Mike Parson said Monday,...

Subpoenas hearing canceled

Published Jun. 7 2018

The Missouri House special committee formed to investigate now-former Gov. Eric Greitens' legal situation has ended its request for a...

Parson sworn in as Missouri governor

Published Jun. 1 2018

It took just 30 seconds for Michael L. Parson, 62, to take the oath of office and become Missouri's 57th...

Greitens signs bills, issues pardons before leaving office

Published Jun. 1 2018

Eric Greitens' official resignation letter was one sentence long.

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...

Appeals court upholds Crider molestation conviction

Published May. 23 2018

Eric Ryan Crider, 25, will remain in prison after a three-judge appeals court panel Tuesday in Kansas City rejected his...

Missouri Senate modifies 'revenge porn' bill

Published May. 9 2018

With identical votes of 33-0, the Missouri Senate modified a "revenge porn" bill and sent it back to the House.

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.

Westminster alums to honor Schneider

Published Apr. 20 2018

Anne Schneider, of Jefferson City, is the newest winner of Westminster College's Jack Marshall Alumni Loyalty Award.

Greitens asks court to block Hawley's investigation

Published Apr. 18 2018

Subpoenas were issued Wednesday to Attorney General Josh Hawley and his office after Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday sought a...

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.

Motion to transfer hog farm case denied

Published Apr. 4 2018

Callaway Farrowing’s proposed hog farm for the Hatton area, west of Kingdom City, took another step toward reality Tuesday when...

Missouri House Special Committee meets again

Published Apr. 4 2018

Unless it votes to extend its work, the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight faces a Monday deadline to complete...

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...

McCaskill defends her record in face of opposition campaign

Published Mar. 29 2018

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told Wednesday's labor "Rally for the Middle Class" that she looks forward to their support in...