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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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

140-Year-Old Millstadt Murder Mystery Gets New Life In “The Ax Murders Of Saxtown’

This barn sits on the property where the ax murdered occured in 1874. The original house is no longer there.
(Credit: Nicholas Pistor)

Growing up as a boy in Millstadt, Ill. Nicholas Pistor heard ghost stories about an ax murderer who killed an entire family in nearby Saxtown more than a century ago.

As a student at Saint Louis University, a conversation with Father Francis Cleary turned his childhood fears into curiosity about the truth behind the story. He began to track down newspaper articles written at the time of the murders, later returning to his research when he became a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Update: Can St. Louis Capitalize On Bitcoin?

Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures (left) and Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media complete a Bitcoin transaction on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Rachel Gibbens

Last month we spoke with two St. Louis businessmen who completed a Bitcoin transaction worth $3,000; Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media and Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures. Crowe is a proponent of the digital currency, and wants to see St. Louis emerge as a forerunner in the field.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Answering Your Questions About The St. Louis Region's Flu Outbreak

Judy Schmidt, James Gathany, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the past few weeks, the St. Louis region has seen a dramatic increase in the number of flu cases. The dangerous H1N1 strand that appeared in 2009 is back, and nine people have already died of the illness at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Past Decade Shows Progress In The Battle Against Chronic Diseases, St. Louis Researchers Say

Credit hrsa.gov

Fifth Brief: For the Sake of All

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St. Louis on the Air
5:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

St. Louis Municipalities Look To 'RainScaping' To Prevent Runoff

(KOMU via Flickr)

With a large percentage of land paved over, St. Louis City and many other area municipalities have encountered problems with water runoff. In addition to the nuisance of standing water on streets, water runoff can cause health and environmental concerns.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, the City of Frontenac and the Missouri Botanical Garden are all looking to one solution to the problem - RainScaping.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents Michael Hollinger's 'Opus'

The Cast of "Opus"
(Courtesy The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens tonight with Michael Hollinger's “Opus,” the story of a famous string quartet who must replace one of their members in time to perform for the White House. Director Brendon Fox described the quartet as a family of sorts, making the play relatable even to someone who doesn’t know much about classical music.

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Cityscape
4:50 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The Midnight Company Presents 'Solemn Mockeries'

Joe Hanrahan in "Solemn Mockeries."
Sarah Whitney (Courtesy The Midnight Company)

Continuing his run of one-man plays, artistic director Joe Hanrahan stars in the Midnight Company's production of "Solemn Mockeries," based on the true story of Shakespeare forger William Henry-Ireland. The play opened last Friday at Tower Grove Abbey, with Friday and Saturday performances through January 18.

Hanrahan described the play as both sad and funny; sad because it tells the story of a young man desperate for the approval of his father, and yet funny because it is filled with sly, humorous comments.

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Cityscape
4:35 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Book 'Fading Ads Of St. Louis' Showcases Unique Slice Of History

Star Saloon & Cafe / Old Pattison Whiskies, McRee Town, near Southside, 2012.
(Courtesy History Press)

William Stage first noticed faded ads painted on brick walls back in the 1970s, when he pounded the St. Louis pavement as a public health officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Once you do begin to notice them, it’s contagious, you find more and more,” Stage said.

He began carrying around a camera to document the ads, and in 1989 published a book on the topic, “Ghost Signs: Brick Wall Signs in America.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Missouri Still Has A Justice Gap Say St. Louis Attorneys Who Serve The Poor

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

When people of means encounter injustice or are accused of crimes, they hire an attorney to represent them in a court of law. But for people living in poverty, their choices are more limited.

If it’s a criminal case, a defendant will be assigned a public defender. If it’s a civil case, the individual can apply for aid with their local branch of legal services. But despite these options, low-income people are at a disadvantage in the American justice system, say St. Louis attorneys who serve the poor.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

St. Louis Experts Advise On The Big Light Bulb Switch

Thomas Edison incandescent light bulb, circa 1880.
(via Flickr / National Museum of American History)

Up until now, a 2007 federal law tightening energy efficiency standards in the country has stayed mostly under the radar. But on New Year’s Day it became illegal to manufacture or import the most popular light bulbs in the country — the 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs perfected more than a century ago by Thomas Edison.

When stores sell out of their current stock of incandescent light bulbs, consumers will be forced to make the switch to LED, CFL or halogen.  A previous phase in the law already put a halt to the manufacture or importation of the 75 and 100 watt models.

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