Camille Phillips

News Producer and Weekend Newscaster

Camille Phillips began working for St. Louis Public Radio in July 2013 as the online producer for the talk shows. She grew up in southwest Missouri and has a Master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Camille has also worked at public radio stations in Columbia, Mo. and Kansas City, Mo. As an intern for Harvest Public Media her work aired on KCUR, KBIA, NET Nebraska, Kansas Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio.

In her free time, Camille enjoys reading, dance, hiking and canoeing. She was drawn to journalism as a profession by a passion for hearing different perspectives and a desire to provide a platform for conversation.

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New Life Petition
6:22 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Fate Of St. Louis Homeless Shelter To Be Decided On Tuesday

The New Life Evangelistic Center on 1411 Locust St.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

A two year-long battle over the fate of a downtown St. Louis homeless shelter could come to a close on Tuesday, when a city agency votes on a petition to revoke New Life Evangelistic Center’s hotel license.

Downtown residents and business owners began petitioning to close New Life two years ago, saying that the facility is a detriment to the neighborhood.

Mayor Francis Slay requested that the two sides undergo mediation in October, but New Life founder Rev. Larry Rice said the mediation was not successful.

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Municipal Court Reform
10:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New St. Louis Municipal Court Rule Takes Ability To Pay Fines Into Consideration

From left to right: Philip Heagney, presiding judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court; Gordon Schweitzer, presiding judge of the City of St. Louis Municipal Court and Mayor Francis Slay.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis municipal court judges will now take a defendant’s ability to pay into account when issuing fines for traffic violations or other minor offenses.

A new administrative order went into effect Thursday requiring judges to determine a defendant’s ability to pay when issuing a fine. Judges can then use their discretion to find a fair way for the defendant to meet their obligation.

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Community Support
8:24 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Southwest Illinois Toy Drive Benefits Military Families

Angela Mayfield picks out toys for her three children at the Belleville VFW on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Military parents in southwest Illinois and the surrounding area were given some help putting gifts under the Christmas tree Sunday.

About 400 toys, plus stocking stuffers and school supplies were distributed to military families at the Belleville VFW hall, just outside Scott Air Force Base.

Parents were able to select one large toy for each of their children from a variety of items donated by individuals and corporations.

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Beyond Ferguson
10:20 am
Sat December 13, 2014

'National Day of Resistance' Features Marches In Washington, New York And Across The Country

Protest organizer Juliette Iacovino shouts into a bullhorn.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

WASHINGTON -- Thousands took to the streets Saturday in cities across the country for a so-called “National Day of Resistance” to protest the decision of grand juries not to indict police officers for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.

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Politics & Issues
6:33 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

African Liberation Group Plans To Convene 'Black People's Grand Jury' Against Darren Wilson

Universal African People's Organization leader Zaki Baruti (left) and African People's Socialist Party leader Omali Yeshitela.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Activists connected to the Leadership Coalition for Justice (formerly called the Justice for Mike Brown Leadership Coalition) and the African People’s Socialist Party announced Friday that they are convening a symbolic grand jury in January to decide for themselves whether former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged with a crime for killing Michael Brown.

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Minority Participation
6:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Update: Session 1 Of St. Louis Building Trade Diversity Effort Complete

Five of the original 12 participants in the first session of BUD listen intently to their instructor on the first day of training October 6, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The first session of the Building Union Diversity, or BUD, initiative has finished. It’s a new effort to increase diversity in St. Louis building and construction unions. Program organizers say efforts are now underway to connect participants to employers.

The initiative is an eight-week pre-apprenticeship program organized by seven St. Louis unions, with funding and recruitment provided by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment.

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Sunset Hills Mayor Charged
10:04 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Update: Sunset Hills Mayor Indicted; Faces Felony Assault Charges In Incident With Cyclist

Mark Furrer
Credit city of Sunset Hills website

Updated on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014:

Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer was indicted by a St. Louis County grand jury Wednesday. Ed Magee, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office, confirmed the indictment Friday. Magee said a judge signed the indictment Thursday and the case will now move to the circuit court.

Update from Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014:

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Protests Continue
4:56 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Small Group Conducts Theatrical Demonstration Outside The Fox

Jonathon Pulphus leads protesters in song as theater goers cross the sidewalk to see Annie on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Theater-goers attending Annie Sunday afternoon were serenaded by two dozen protesters outside the entrance to Fox Theatre.

The demonstrators sang modified versions of songs from Annie, including “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” as theater-goers, many with children, passed by on their way to see the musical. 

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Paint for Peace
8:07 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Plywood-Covered Businesses In Ferguson, Dellwood Become Colorful Messages Of Hope

Aaron Dickerson paints St. Louis cityscape on the plywood covering the windows of an auto parts shop in Dellwood on Saturday, December 6, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

More than 30 businesses in Ferguson and Dellwood now have artwork covering their windows instead of ordinary plywood.

Inspired by the artistic efforts of friends on South Grand, Tom Halaska organized the “Paint for Peace” project to coordinate volunteers, donated supplies and businesses in north St. Louis County that wanted to participate.

Halaska, who owns the Art Bar on Cherokee Street, said he wanted to bring people together in a positive way.

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Settlement Reached
8:31 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

High-End Retirement Home Agrees To Pay Taxes On Most Of Its Property

Jake Zimmerman is St. Louis County Assessor.
Credit (Courtesy Zimmerman Campaign)

The tax status of a high-end retirement home in Kirkwood is no longer in limbo. St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman announced Friday that he has reached a settlement with Ashfield Active Living & Wellness Communities, which owns Aberdeen Heights.

The assessor’s office and the retirement home operator have agreed that 78.8 percent of Aberdeen Heights will be taxed—netting about $1 million a year for schools, fire departments and public works.

Zimmerman said $700,000 to $800,000 of that will go to schools.

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