Political Reporting

Missouri School of Journalism founder Walter Williams wrote, “I believe the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public.” Political reporting allows reporters to serve as the public trustees Williams wrote of. By developing a keen understanding of the policy questions facing leaders, I help hold policymakers accountable and assist voters in making informed decisions.

To read the accompanying articles I wrote for each story online, click on the titles. The links redirect to KRCG 13’s website.

Missouri Gov. Greitens invasion of privacy case dismissed

On the afternoon of May 14, 2018, the state dropped an invasion of privacy charge against Gov. Eric Greitens just as jury selection for the trial was nearly complete. I gave this live report mere minutes after the case was dismissed.

Expert says state tax legislation unlikely to impact most taxpayers

In this live report, I break down how a plan backed by GOP state lawmakers would affect the average Missouri taxpayer.

Opioid prescription limit nears legislative finish line

Missouri lawmakers in 2018 explored the possibility of setting a 7-day supply limit to most opioid prescriptions. This story updated viewers on the bill’s status and explained its key provisions.

Public safety drives Columbia Second Ward rematch

As part of our April 2018 municipal election coverage, I interviewed the two men vying for a city council seat in Columbia.

Mid-Missouri party reps encouraged by immigration, infrastructure language

Following President Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address, I analyzed the speech with one local volunteer from each party.

Contractor says solar tariff could mean higher prices

After President Donald Trump announced a new tariff on imported solar panels in January of 2018, I asked a Jefferson City contractor how this would impact his business and anyone interested in installing solar power.

Education advocates say tax plan could jeopardize school funding

As President Donald Trump’s tax plan neared the Congressional finish line, I looked at why public education advocates were concerned about the bill’s impact in Missouri.