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.

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.

State education board retains commissioner against governor’s wishes

During the fall of 2017, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens tried to stack the state board of education with his own appointees in an effort to oust the state education commissioner. That effort failed. This report explains to viewers what happened and what came next.

Accountant says tax bill’s local impacts limited

When Congressional Republicans unveiled their long-anticipated tax plan, I asked a Jefferson City CPA how the tax plan would affect our viewers if it passed.

Treasurer says retirement fund in worse shape than anticipated

Eight months into his term as State Treasurer, Eric Schmitt informed lawmakers Missouri’s state retirement fund was significantly underfunded. This report explains how the fund ended up in this situation.

Immigration lawyer says DACA decision affects many in mid-Missouri

When President Donald Trump tweeted he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, I asked an immigration lawyer how much impact this would have in mid-Missouri.