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Phillip Sitter (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0249
E-mail: phillip@newstribune.com
Phillip Sitter is the News Tribune's education reporter. He covers governance and daily life at local schools and school districts, pre-K through grade 12, including reports on board and committee meetings; finances; school achievement and performance topics and issues; academic programs; facility expansions or renovations; partnerships with community agencies and organizations; and features on the activities, accomplishments, and personalities of students and staff. Education tends to overlap with topics like health, science, technology, community service and nonprofit groups, the arts, military service, and even disaster relief and recovery. Sitter also reports on some education topics on the state and national levels as they relate to local experiences particularly through education-related bills in the Missouri House and Senate as they are filed and debated. His time at the News Tribune has been his first full-time job in journalism, although he's a graduate student at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and has written for the Columbia Missourian and MU's Bond Life Sciences Center. He previously contributed to the News Tribune while working on the Missourian's state government beat. Sitter lives in Jefferson City and is originally from northwestern Illinois. Outside of journalism, he has worked in agriculture and in retail. He obtained his bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in Catholic social tradition from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 and lived in Washington, D.C., for a year after that while he began law school, before ultimately deciding that wasn't the career he wanted to pursue. He has also lived in London, United Kingdom, and New Orleans, Louisiana, for study-abroad and service opportunities. Follow him on Twitter at @pslifeisabeauty.

Working group to guide flood recovery created

Published Jul. 19 2019

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson established a working group Thursday to guide the state's flood recovery and control efforts.

Mom, daughter to mark adult education graduation next year after tornado cancelled ceremony

Published Jun. 25 2019

Pentelope "Penny" Schroer and Felicia Smith did not get a chance to walk across a stage last month as a...

Water recedes in Mokane; cleanup still a ways away

Published Jun. 14 2019

MOKANE — Alderman Chad Booher said Thursday the waters of the Missouri River were not in the town anymore, but...

Rivers continue slow decline

Published Jun. 11 2019

While water levels on the Missouri and Osage rivers continue to decrease, the Osage County Sheriff said Monday there is...

Almost-island Post still above water on Thursday

Published Jun. 7 2019

American Veterans Post 153 Mokane was an outpost Thursday — a peninsula surrounded on three sides by sandbags and a...

Coast Guard closes 380 miles of Missouri River amid flooding

Published Jun. 4 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Missouri River to all boat traffic between St. Louis and north of Kansas...

Missouri, Osage rivers continue to swell

Published May. 29 2019

Flooding has forced the closure of more than 300 roads throughout Missouri.

Daylight reveals extent of Jefferson City tornado damage

Published May. 23 2019

As daylight began to emerge today, the first glimpses of the damage to Jefferson City from Wednesday night's tornado became...

New Bloomfield grads told to remember where they come from, and live like it

Published May. 18 2019

There were 42 names printed in the graduation ceremony program for New Bloomfield High School's Class of 2019, and while...

Vietnam vet among area grads

Published May. 11 2019

A war and a half-century of time has not stopped a local man from receiving his high school diploma.

New CFM director values 'moments of pure joy' in the outdoors

Published Apr. 9 2019

Tyler Schwartze grew up, and continues to live, among the great outdoors.

Lawsuit: JCPS coach forcibly cut student's hair

Published Jan. 29 2019

A parent has filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son against Jefferson City Public Schools and her son's former...

JCPS to update Callaway Hills sewer system

Published Jan. 26 2019

Jefferson City Public Schools is moving forward to design and engineer connecting Callaway Hills Elementary School to the sewer system...

Missouri House Democrats lay out K-12 education priorities

Published Jan. 23 2019

Missouri House Democratic Caucus announce legislation and policies intended to strengthen public schools during a news conference Jan. 22, 2019,...

Health care mergers draw scrutiny

Published Dec. 23 2018

Hospital consolidation is a reality of the American health care system — reflected in the proposed sale of SSM Health's...

Educators: Parents as Teachers needs more money

Published Nov. 17 2018

Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has asked Gov. Mike Parson for an approximately $5.

Fitzwater re-elected to House District 49 seat

Published Nov. 7 2018

Incumbent Rep. Travis Fitzwater won his re-election bid Tuesday to his 49th Missouri House District seat.

Fitzwater re-elected to House District 49 seat

Published Nov. 7 2018

Incumbent Rep. Travis Fitzwater won his re-election bid Tuesday to his 49th Missouri House District seat.

Prescription drug take-back events scheduled Saturday

Published Oct. 26 2018

Several Mid-Missouri law enforcement agencies are holding prescription drug take-back events Saturday.

Digging out of a financial hole

Published Sep. 4 2018

Westminster College was in such dire financial straits a few years ago it was asking a Mid-Missouri court to allow...