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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Job Training
10:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program Gets National Attention

An example of the work done by floor layer apprentices in the ceramic phase of their training.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

 

In a quest to make job training count, the Obama administration is taking an interest in work-based apprenticeships. A St. Louis program is serving as a model for the administration.

The White House is highlighting about 40 programs across the country that are doing it right under the so-called Ready to Work Initiative. Only one such program in Missouri has made the list, the St. Louis Carpenter Union’s Mid-Apprenticeship Program.  

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Craft Beer
5:54 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Largest Craft Beer Week Yet Shows St. Louis' Continued Fascination For Unique Brews

Jamie Andrews (left) and Patrick Mannies enjoy glasses of Jolly Pumpkin at 33 Wine Bar on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The largest St. Louis Craft Beer Week yet opened Saturday with B33r and Brats at 33 Wine Bar on Lafayette Square.

Kelly Herbst was in line outside the bar at 11 a.m., waiting with about 20 others to try one of the special beers being offered at B33r and Brats. She was looking forward to trying 2nd Shift’s Katy 15.

“They don’t have it everywhere, and it’s a sour beer,” said Herbst. “We like sour beers.”

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Disability Rights
10:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis Disability Advocates Reflect On The 24th Anniversary Of The ADA

Logan Chiropractic Paraquad Clinic Senior Intern Emma Minx turns on the power plate exercise machine for Paraquad participant Leon Zickrick. The machine vibrates to help break up joint adhesion in his shoulder.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Saturday is the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law requires public accommodations be made for people with disabilities and prohibits employment discrimination.

St. Louis has been on the forefront of disability advocacy since the 1970s, led by Paraquad founders Max and Colleen Starkloff. Through the efforts of Paraquad and the Starkloffs, St. Louis became the first city in the country to have lift-equipped buses. Members of Paraquad also traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the passage of the ADA.

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Flooding
4:41 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

After Yet Another Flood, Clarksville Renews Quest For A Permanent Solution

A flooded street in a residential part of Clarksville, Mo. early in the 2014 flood.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Clarksville, Mo., has barely begun to set itself to rights after the latest deluge from the Mississippi River.  But city officials are already worried about the next flood.

"It just seems like the flood comes more and more often now," said Clarksville Emergency Manager Kathy Weiss. "Twenty years ago we didn’t have a flood every year, but seems like now every year or two years we’re having a flood. So we have to think of something more permanent.”

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Politics & Issues
4:39 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

St. Louis Police March To New Headquarters

Police Chief Sam Dotson is joined by a crowd as he marches to the new SLMPD headquarters Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

After almost five years of preparation, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department celebrated its move to new headquarters at 1915 Olive St. with a ceremonial march and ribbon-cutting Saturday.

Because the former headquarters at 1200 Clark Ave. needed $70 million in repairs, the department opted to find a new building instead. The former A.G. Edwards building was purchased in 2011 using $2.7 million in asset forfeiture funds, and the St. Louis Police Foundation contributed $3 million for renovations.

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Senate Confirmation
4:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Ronnie White Confirmed To Federal Bench 17 Years Later

Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White was confirmed to the federal bench of Eastern Missouri on July 16, 2014.
Credit via the Missouri Courts website

Updated Thursday, July 17 to include a statement from Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Seventeen years after his first nomination, former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White has been approved for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Missouri.

The U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to confirm his appointment Wednesday.

It was a long journey that began in 1997 when President Bill Clinton nominated White for a seat on the Eastern District Court of Missouri. At the time he was the first African-American judge on the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Arch Grounds Renovation
3:51 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

'Park Over The Highway' At Arch Begins To Take Shape

Large cranes place 14 ton girders across the depressed lanes of I-44 in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A major step in the Gateway Arch grounds renovation is taking place this weekend, causing road closures and detours in downtown St. Louis.

Working around the clock from Friday night until Monday morning, Missouri Department of Transportation crews are placing 40 large girders over the depressed lanes of I-44. It’s the first step in building the land bridge that will connect downtown St. Louis with the Arch grounds.

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Books And Votes
8:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kander Promotes Early Literacy Campaign, Hopes For High Voter Turn-Out In August

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reads to toddlers at Kirkwood Public Library on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Story hour at Kirkwood Public Library had a guest reader on Thursday. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander stopped by as part of a tour spotlighting the early literacy initiative "Racing to Read."

Earlier this year, public libraries throughout Missouri were invited to apply for a portion of the $300,000 in federal funds set aside by the Secretary of State’s office to help children enter Kindergarten ready to learn to read.

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St. Louis On The Air
5:02 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fielding Complaints & Compliments: A Conversation With NPR's Outgoing Ombudsman

Edward Schumacher-Matos
Credit NPR

Edward Schumacher-Matos ends his tenure as NPR's ombudsman at the end of the month, after a three-year stint fielding the complaints, compliments and suggestions of the NPR audience.

During an exit interview on St. Louis on the Air, Schumacher-Matos explained that having a set end date with no contract renewals allows an ombudsman to retain his independence.

Previously, Schumacher-Matos served as ombudsman for The Miami Herald, founded four Spanish-language daily newspapers and held several senior positions at The New York Times.

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Flooding
7:44 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Rising Mississippi Prompts Sandbagging And Road Closures

Vicky Conway, Collin Robbins and Ryan Robbins add sandbags to the levee in front of the post office in Clarksville on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Flooding on the Mississippi River continues to make its way south from Iowa, putting towns from Quincy to Grafton on alert.

With historic buildings, a post office and a dozen homes all in the path of the flood, Clarksville, Mo., 75 miles north of St. Louis, has more to lose than most.

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