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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Preventing Lead Poisoning
11:02 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

City Of St. Louis, St. Louis County Receive Federal Funding For Lead Safety

Bradley Steeter of the HUD Field Office in St. Louis presents Mayor Francis Slay with a check for $2.5 million for lead hazard prevention.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis and St. Louis County will be able to increase efforts to reduce the number of children in the region exposed to lead, thanks to grants donated Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city and county both received 2.5 million dollars from HUD, although $100,000 of the county’s grant is ear-marked for a separate initiative.

According to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, the city’s grant will be primarily used to preemptively make 180 rental units safe from lead.

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Planning A Movement
9:14 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Amnesty International Panel: If Ferguson Is To Become A Movement, What Are The Next Steps?

The panelists of "Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?" at the Amnesty International Midwest Conference: Ferguson Township Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes, St. Louis Association of Black Psychologist President Marva Robinson, SLU Law professor Brendan Roediger, Tef Poe, Maalik Shakoor and Jarris Williams.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

To many on the ground in Ferguson, calls to action have evolved into a movement over the past two months. A panel of local organizers discussed what shape that movement should take Sunday at Amnesty International’s Midwest Conference.

The six panelists represented a range of experience—from the political to the legal and psychological—but they all had one thing in common:  a desire for change in the wake of the death of Michael Brown.

For Hands Up United activist and rapper Tef Poe, that means organizing – while leaving space for differences of opinion.

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Open Carry
11:22 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Firearm Activists Walk Armed Through Downtown St. Louis

Open-carry proponents demonstrate their new right to openly carry firearms in St. Louis on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 29 to include organizer participant count.

Dozens of people armed with hand guns and long guns gathered in downtown St. Louis Saturday to put new Missouri gun laws to the test. With guns slung across chests and strapped to hips, the group walked from CityGarden to the Gateway Arch.  According to event organizers, 72 open-carry supporters participated in the event.

But first, they spent about an hour talking amongst themselves and to passersby.

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Reducing Disparity
9:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Will New Effort To Diversify Construction Industry Be A Success?

Engineer Ramona Tumblin-Rucker speaks with construction worker Richard Schafer at the job site of a BJC HealthCare garage.
Credit courtesy BJC HealthCare

In his 35 years as president of the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition for Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Lew Moye has seen a lot of initiatives to increase diversity in construction.

There have been agreements to include minorities in specific projects, such as building the Edwards Jones Dome and expanding Interstate 64.

And there have been protests demanding greater minority representation, such as the 1999 shutdown of I-70, where Reverend Al Sharpton led minority contractors in a call for more state highway jobs.

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Environment
7:54 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Volunteers Clean Up River Des Peres Watershed

Chris Weiss and John Koch load tires into a trailer at Gravois Creek near Grant's Trail on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

As water flows south through the River des Peres Watershed in St. Louis, trash, tires and metal gets deposited along the way. Over the weekend, hundreds of volunteers worked to pick up all that trash during the sixth annual cleanup called the River des Peres Trash Bash.

At Gravois Creek on Saturday morning, about a dozen volunteers stacked muddy tires into a trailer hitched to a four-wheeler.

Earlier, volunteers had fished the tires out of the creek using canoes. By mid-morning, volunteer Doug Geist estimated that they had collected more than twenty tires.

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Health Policy
1:15 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Blunt Calls For Ban On Travel From Ebola-Stricken Countries

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is calling for a travel ban in response to the Ebola outbreak.

Speaking Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Missouri’s Republican senator said that the U.S. should temporarily suspend the visas of people traveling from the West African countries battling the disease.

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Ferguson And Beyond
11:36 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Sharpton Reacts To Leaked Wilson Testimony; Mothers March To End Violence

Leah Gunning Francis, second from left, locks arms with Rev. Karen Anderson, Betty Thompson, Rev. Traci Blackmon and Valerie Richmon of Austin, Tx at the front of the Mother's March on October 18, 2014.,
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he was afraid for his life in the moments before he killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9, according to an article published Friday by the New York Times.

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Economic Evangelism
9:27 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Churches Plan Ferguson “BUYcott” To Support Area Businesses

Credit (via Flickr/iChaz)

Two St. Louis-area churches are planning a different kind of Ferguson event this weekend: a Hope for Ferguson “BUYcott.” The opposite of a boycott, the idea is for people to go out of their way to spend money in Ferguson and Dellwood Saturday, with special attention paid to the businesses that were looted or otherwise hurt by unrest in the region.

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Chief Dotson Responds
9:19 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Day Three of Ferguson October Started With Sit-In Before Shifting To A Spiritual Focus

Chief Sam Dotson, right, at the QuikTrip on South Vandeventer early Sunday morning
Credit Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday was the third day of Ferguson October events, planned to not only call for justice in the case of Michael Brown, an 18 year old who was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer, but to promote racial equality. The day was organized around the spiritual, but the most attention went to a demonstration that took place very early Sunday morning near the eastern entrance of The Grove. According to police 17 people were arrested after a sit-in at the QuikTrip there.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he will not instruct officers to take a harder stance now.

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Ferguson October
2:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

More Than 1,000 March For Michael Brown In Downtown St. Louis; Night Ends With Sit-In, Arrests

Signs show the variety of groups that came to St. Louis for the Oct. 11 march.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

More than 1,000 people marched through downtown St. Louis Saturday to protest the death of Michael Brown and other young, black men at the hands of police officers. The Saturday action extended into Sunday morning, as about 100 people marched from the Shaw neighborhood to a QuikTrip on Vandeventer Avenue near the entrance to the Grove neighborhood. That followed a vigil and march in Ferguson.

Downtown

At the downtown march, despite the serious message, the mood was almost party-like at times, with music, drums and even a trumpet.

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