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
5:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Group Seeking To Revitalize MLK Drive Looks To Hydroponics For Economic Push

Proposed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Park aerial view illustration, to be placed at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Lauer Architecture

If all goes according to plan, a hydroponics factory could soon be located on Martin Luther King Drive. It’s the newest effort by St. Louis nonprofit Beloved Streets of America to revitalize the street.

At first the factory would be located at 5901 MLK, in the back of Beloved Streets headquarters.

“It’s a big building that can be used for multiple purposes,” Beloved Streets president Melvin White said.

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Politics & Issues
5:24 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Discussion: The Role Of Civic Engagement In Missouri

Credit (via Facebook/The Bridge St. Louis)

Original article published Saturday, January 18, 2013

Missourians are more likely to volunteer and to do favors for a neighbor than the average American. But their level of civic engagement depends greatly on their circumstances.

A new report on the state’s civic health, issued by six Missouri universities and the National Conference on Citizenship, found that Missouri largely aligns with the rest of the nation on community involvement.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:49 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Discussion: Why Is Overall Crime In St. Louis Down But Violent Crimes Up?

St. Louis Public Radio

The 2013 crime statistics for the city of St. Louis were released last week, with mostly positive results. The city continued its five-year downward trend in both violent crime and property crime, but there was a 6 percent increase in homicides. And, a jump in the number of rapes is attributed to a change in classification of what constitutes rape.

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Cityscape
6:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

St. Louis Artist Zlatko Ćosić On His Exhibition 'Still Adjusting'

“While Standing I Wonder If” by Zlatko Ćosić

For video artist Zlatko Ćosić, the concept of personal and cultural identity is a continuing evolving one. And he likes it that way.

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Black Rep Presents 'The Meeting'

Matthew Galbreath as Dr. King (left) and Ka'ramuu Kush as Malcom X in The Black Rep's "The Meeting."
(Courtesy The Black Rep)

As far as we know, the only time Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met was a brief greeting in passing outside a courthouse in 1965.

But if they had ever had a conversation, what would it have been like? That premise is the basis of Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting,” currently being performed by the St. Louis Black Repertory Company.

In the play, Malcolm X (played by Ka’ramuu Kush) invites Dr. King (Matthew Galbreath) to a meeting in a Harlem hotel room, where the two men debate the best methods of obtaining racial equality.

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Cityscape
5:38 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Soundbites: Ones To Watch 2014

Planter's House bartender Mandi Kowalski, one of Sauce Magazine's 2014 Ones to Watch.
Carmen Troesser

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, managing editor Julie Cohen gave an overview of the six up-and-comers the publication chose for its annual “Ones to Watch” feature.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:09 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Update: Month One Of Health Coverage Under The Affordable Care Act

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

As of January 1st, the first Americans enrolled in health insurance via the Affordable Care Act began receiving coverage.

According to Professor Sidney Watson of the Saint Louis University Health Law Policy Center, a little more than 33,000 Missourians have signed up for plans through the federal Marketplace so far, leaving another 467,000 Missourians eligible to enroll. Almost 26,000 Missourians have enrolled in Medicaid.

“We think most of them are children,” Watson said. “Parents were going to the Marketplace and realizing their children were eligible.”  

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Eyewitness Of The Emmett Till Kidnapping Shares Story, Honors Martin Luther King Jr. In St. Louis

A 1955 rally in New York City protesting the murder of Emmett Till.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Emmett Till — a young, black Chicagoan — was murdered for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Emmett Till’s cousin, Simeon Wright, is in St. Louis to give a presentation about the Civil Rights Movement and share the personal story that led to his participation in it.

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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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