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Joe Gamm (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0248
E-mail: joe@newstribune.com
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.

Journalist's words, acts of kindness fondly remembered

Published Aug. 6 2019

A father and grandfather, just 68 years old, Robert "Bob" Watson died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. The sudden...

School safety report: Armed officers beneficial, but not practical

Published Aug. 4 2019

The Missouri Governor's School Safety Task Force presented a final report of its work to Gov. Mike Parson's office Wednesday...

Armed officers emphasized in Missouri school safety report

Published Aug. 1 2019

Where districts can afford them and have approved of them, every school should have an armed officer to protect students,...

Missouri to receive $2.3 million as part of Equifax data breach settlement

Published Jul. 22 2019

Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with federal authorities and multiple states over a 2017 data breach...

CMCA taking on Head Start services for three new counties

Published Jun. 26 2019

CMCA received notification this weekend that it will be providing Head Start services in three new counties.

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...

Lawmakers reflect on 100th General Assembly

Published May. 18 2019

Even the Democrats agreed, Gov. Mike Parson had a good legislative session.

House sends Bernskoetter's CAFO bill to governor

Published May. 14 2019

Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to block local officials from regulating industrial farms more strictly than the state does.

Abortion takes center stage at Capitol

Published May. 9 2019

Just hours after more than 200 abortion rights supporters gathered at the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday morning to lobby legislators...

Central Missouri co-op awarded $72 million in loans

Published Apr. 9 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.

Head Start lunch promotes positive male role models

Published Mar. 6 2019

Cole East Head Start held its annual 100 Man Lunch on March 5, 2019, in which facility leaders invite adult...

Prices remain absent from Fulton hospital website

Published Jan. 5 2019

Despite a federal rule that took effect Tuesday, Fulton Medical Center officials have not yet been able to post their...

Haze surrounds medical marijuana

Published Nov. 25 2018

Missouri will most likely have a minimum of 192 medical marijuana dispensaries by 2020 — including several in Jefferson City...

Bishop 'could not keep silent'

Published Nov. 23 2018

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City — one of the youngest and newest of those attending...

New veterans clinic nearing completion

Published Nov. 20 2018

Jefferson City's new Community-Based Outpatient Clinic is taking shape — and is expected to open for business around mid-January.

Chase leads deputies through multiple counties

Published Nov. 14 2018

Investigators recovered a handgun and about 3 pounds of marijuana after a chase through four Mid-Missouri counties that ended in...

Chiari patients think annual walk is step in right direction

Published Sep. 9 2018

As a child, Stephanie Hampton had a series of symptoms that doctors treated individually. Chiari malformation was not something doctors looked...

Jefferson City bishop invites AG to review clergy files

Published Aug. 23 2018

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City has invited Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to review...

Jefferson City woman, family prepare for Alzheimer's challenges

Published Jun. 24 2018

At 55, Terri Walker was too young to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Clean Missouri petitioners turn in about 347,000 signatures

Published May. 4 2018

Volunteers on Thursday turned in almost 347,000 signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State's Office for a petition aimed at...