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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Waiting For A Decision
9:37 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Antonio French Thinks Grand Jury May Indict Darren Wilson

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French documents a Ferguson press conference in August.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Many protest leaders in and around Ferguson have expressed doubt that the grand jury will indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.

But St. Louis Alderman Antonio French says he thinks an indictment is possible.

“I have not given up hope that there will be an indictment,” French said. “I think the evidence warrants at least a trial. And I think ultimately that’s what the community needs in order to heal the long-term wounds.”

French does agree with the general consensus that if the grand jury does not indict Wilson there will be large-scale protests.

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One Ferguson Open House
9:36 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Community Group Hopes To Bridge Racial, Economic Divides In Ferguson

Adrienne Hawkins of One Ferguson speaks during a recent Ferguson City Council meeting.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Protests in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown have brought to light long-held racial tensions and community divisions, both in the city of Ferguson, and the whole St. Louis region.

A new organization called One Ferguson hopes to help bridge those divides.

“Everything from courageous conversations about race, to different perceptions between the races, it’s just a huge, huge task,” said Bev Walker, a One Ferguson steering committee member.

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An Eye To Legislation
9:33 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

With Lame Duck Session Underway, McCaskill Weighs In On Iraq, Immigration

Credit Sen. McCaskill's Flickr page

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says President Obama’s strategy on Iraq seems to be working and should be allowed more time to succeed. McCaskill, who serves on the Armed Services Committee, was a guest Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

When asked whether the U.S. should think about sending American troops into Iraq, the Missouri Democrat said she thinks air strikes have been effective in slowing ISIS down, and that she supports forming partnerships with moderate Sunnis.

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Clay Attends Resource Fair
9:06 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Year Two Of ACA Health Insurance Enrollment Begins

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay speaks with Rhonda and John Kiely at the health insurance resource fair at the St. Ann Community Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay says he hopes more Missourians sign up for health insurance this year, now that the second year of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has begun.

More than 150,000 Missourians signed up for insurance last year—about half of those eligible. 

To mark the first day of open enrollment, the congressman visited a resource fair Saturday at the St. Ann Community Center in north St. Louis County. On-site navigators helped people sign up for health insurance, as vendors sold barbecue and salsa music played.

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Distribution Center Closings
11:03 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

St. Louis Postal Workers Protest Possible Increase In Mail Delivery Time

Postal workers protest the consolidation of mail distribution centers outside the main post office in downtown St. Louis Friday, November 14, 2014, saying they will lower service standards.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Carrying signs that read “Save Our Service,” dozens of postal workers braved the cold to march in front of the main post office in downtown St. Louis Friday.  They’re afraid that overnight mail delivery will cease to exist next year when up to 82 mail processing centers are scheduled to close nationwide, including those in Cape Girardeau and Springfield, Mo.

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Technology Upgrade
8:56 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Parking Meter Rates To Increase In St. Louis; Smartphone Payment Method Rollout Begins

One of the credit card meters tested in the Central West End during the trial phase of choosing new meter venders for St. Louis.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The cost of on-street parking in St. Louis will go up in July. The city’s parking commission approved increased meter rates and fines Thursday. Parking meters located in high traffic areas will charge a $1.50 an hour, while low traffic areas will charge $1 an hour. That’s up from $1 and $0.75 respectively. Parking tickets will increase from $10 to $15.

“We’re confident that these price increases are modest enough that they won’t overwhelm the people who pay for on-street parking in the city,” said Debbie Johnson, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Treasurer’s Office.

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Natural Disasters
9:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Risk Of Earthquake In St. Louis Higher Than People May Realize

In this figure, the dots mark the epicenters of earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater between January 1974 and December 2013. The stars mark the epicenters of earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater since 1800. Geological structures identified in the figure include the Ste. Genevieve, New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic areas, Illinois Basin, Ozark Dome (OD) and Reelfoot Rift (RR).
Credit Courtesy Indiana University

With the New Madrid fault just a hundred miles south of St. Louis, it’s long been known that the region is at a greater risk for an earthquake than other parts of the Midwest. But new research indicates that St. Louis is part of an area that has seismic activity of its own.

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Veterans Day
5:09 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Three Women Serve As Grand Marshals For St. Louis Veterans Day Parade

Parade grand marshalls Velma Jesse, Army WAC, Alice Anderson, Navy WAVES, and Major General Susan Davidson, commander of SDDC at Scott Air Force Base.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis held its annual Veterans Day Observance downtown Saturday. For the first time in 31 years, all of the parade marshals were women.

The celebration began on a solemn note with a formal ceremony in front of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. Bells rang and bugle taps played in memory of POWs and soldiers who went missing in action.

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Correcting Injustice
7:33 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

St. Louis Veteran Receives Long Overdue Purple Heart

Brigadier General James Robinson, right, pins a medal to Leo Hardin's suit coat as U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill looks on.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A Korean War veteran from St. Louis received a Purple Heart and three other service awards Friday, six decades late.

Twice wounded during the war, Leo Hardin should have received a Purple Heart with a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantry Badge, the National Defense Medal and the United Nations Service Medal when he left Korea in 1953. Hardin, a veteran of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division, served in Japan in the late 1940s as well as in Korea as Private First Class from 1950-1953.

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Aging Missouri
5:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Health Agency Calls For Changes To Meet Needs Of Missouri's Older Population

Credit via Flickr/ AJ Cann

A new report on the health of older Missourians says cost and access to health care are key concerns as the state’s population continues to age.

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