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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When mental illness hits the headlines, it's usually connected to mass shootings or suicides. The focus is on mental illness as the reason for a tragedy, and increases the stigma against an already misunderstood condition, says Mike Keller, executive director of the Independence Center in the Central West End. According to Keller, that kind of negative media exposure has created a human rights emergency. "We have a battle on our hands to change perceptions about mental illness, said Keller. ...

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If all goes according to plan, a surveillance drone could be policing the skies of St. Louis by this time next year. According to SLMPD Chief Sam Dotson , the drone would be used in public spaces, and would enable the police to avoid dangerous high-speed chases. But what are the legal parameters? And what is considered public? After a lot of media attention, fresh eyes are going to be looking at the Maryville rape case . Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Barker has been named special...

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"The Very Last Green Thing," an opera aimed for young audiences and performed by children ranging from nine to 16, opens next week at the Touhill. It will be the third production of the work by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since the organization commissioned it in 1992. "The inspiration for the opera actually came from kids," said Allison Felter, director of education and community engagement at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. "We wanted to know back then what was important to them, and it was...

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"Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World" opens October 19th at the Saint Louis Science Center. As a tasty addition, every weekend the attraction will host bug chefs preparing sweet, salty and crunchy bug treats. Cityscape host Steve Potter previewed the exhibit with Bug Chef Jayme Necaise and sampled an array of those bug-filled snacks. First up in the tasting were the chocolate chirp cookies featuring roasted crickets. Necaise called them his "one of his gateway bugs." His banana critter...

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oday marks the seventh anniversary of the death of 13-year-old Megan Meier, a St. Charles County girl who killed herself after being the victim of online bullying. This month, cyberbullying is again in the news for a tragic reason. A 12-year-old girl from Florida, Rebecca Sedwick, committed suicide in response to cruel messages she received on her phone. "What breaks my heart, is not only just what that child [Rebecca Sedwick] was going through...but now also her family...and the entire...

For Colleen Starkloff and her husband Max, advocating for people with disabilities has always been about helping them gain independence. When they founded Paraquad in St. Louis 45 years ago, their goal was to enable people with disabilities to live independently. These days, Colleen Starkloffs work at the Starkloff Disability Institute (SDI) centers on a different kind of independence for people with disabilities economic independence. As co-directors of SDI, Starkloff and David Newburger...

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According to a report released in September by the University of Missouri-Columbia, the percent of people who have inadequate access to food rose more in Missouri than in any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2010. Approximately 1.3 million Missourians are currently classified as food insecure. About 400,000 Missourians experience hunger. The Interdisciplinary Study for Food Security, which released the report, based their information on data collected by the U.S. Department of...

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To people who feel powerless in the face of todays political structure, Princeton University religion professor Jeffrey Stout has this advice: organize. He delivers a lecture, Struggle for a Just Society - Grassroots Democracy in America, as part of the Lee Institutes Speaker Series on Monday, October 28, 2013. He points to the great social movements of the past two centuries as examples of grassroots organization that affected real change in America - abolitionists, civil rights and womens...

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Amidst the dual crises of the partial government shutdown and the swiftly approaching debt limit, Congressman Lacy Clay (D - St. Louis) is addressing the inaction and hearing from constituents. Before traveling back to D.C. for an evening meeting of the House, Clay stopped by St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the latest on Capitol Hill with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. Heres what he had to say on the partial government shutdown, the debt ceiling and more. On the inaction of Congress:...

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Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will be performing in St. Louis next week as part of an eight city tour of Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration , a piece he composed in honor of the 200th anniversary of a Baptist church in Harlem. Abyssinian models a traditional Baptist church service and features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau in addition to Marsalis. Ultimately for me, all of my music is kind of about uplift and bringing people together and showing the...

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In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine , host Steve Potter discussed the ongoing growth of the restaurant scene in the Delmar Loop with Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill and other Loop landmarks, Ryan Pinkston, co-owner of newcomer Three Kings Public House and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine . Figueras interviewed Pinkston and his business partners Derek Deavers and Derek Flieg, for a feature in this month's Sauce Magazine . The Three...

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A new exhibit featuring the work of the late St. Louis artist Bill Kohn opens tonight at the Bruno David Gallery. The exhibition is small in number, but large in scale, featuring five of Kohns signature colorful works painted on big stretches of canvas. Bill was an amazing painter, said gallery owner Bruno David. He traveled around the world many times over and made a lot of paintings during his travel, drawings, coming back to St. Louis every time. And some of the paintings that he made, he...

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Over the past six decades, the Metro East has gained a nasty reputation for dangerous crime. The news headlines reflect a cycle of poverty and crime made worse by a lack of local resources for adequate governance. Three government officials charged with tackling these problems joined us to discuss their vision for creating a more positive future for the Metro East: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton; States Attorney for St. Clair County, Brendan Kelly; and...

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Bestselling author Bill Bryson has covered a range of topics over the years. He wrote about science in A Short History of Just About Everything. He detailed his travel through the Appalachian Trail in A Walk in the Woods . And he outlined the idiosyncrasies of the English language in Made in America . In his latest offering, One Summer: America, 192 7, Bryson maintains his signature humorous tone as he offers historical tidbits covering a four-month time span in American history. The summer...

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Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District, on September 30, voted to raise the property tax rate that funds five St. Louis cultural institutions to the highest level permitted by state law. Those institutions are the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum. Charles Valier, one of the Zoo-Museum District's commissioners, says declining property values in St. Louis City and County have led to a decrease in...

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Updated at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, to correct errors in our interview. In the next two months, the state of Missouri plans to use the drug propofol to perform two executions, despite opposition from the European Union, the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Civil Liberties Union. The primary manufacturer of the drug, German company Fresenius Kabi, also objects to its use in capital punishment, and has restricted sales to all but medical institutions. Despite...

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Resale Royalty. Welcome to Sweetie Pies. Funeral Boss. Salvage City. If you are a fan of reality-based TV, these shows may be familiar to you. All of them take place in St. Louis. And all of them were produced by St. Louis-based television production companies Coolfire Originals and NoCoast Originals, who often work in partnership to create what they call unscripted shows. When we started our production company four years ago, a lot of people said Can you really do that in St. Louis? Dont you...

Two St. Louis organizations dedicated to combating alcoholism have teamed up to bring a play about Alcoholics Anonymous to the city. Pass It On: An Evening with Bill W. and Dr. Bob is set in a 1948 meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous as the organizations two founders share their stories of recovery. The play will be performed on the campus of Logan University on Saturday, October 5, with proceeds benefiting NCADA St. Louis and Harris House. Prior to Alcoholics Anonymous, the main treatment for...

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The Asian American Chamber of Commerce is a relatively recent addition to the St. Louis business scene. The organizations founders, Johnny Wang and Alexander Lee, created the chamber two years ago in the wake of efforts to create a China Hub at Lambert International Airport. In the process of their work for the China Hub, Wang and Lee realized St. Louis didnt have an organization dedicated to promoting Asian American businesses and decided to form the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)...

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In his new book This Town, self-described Washington insider Mark Leibovich paints an unattractive portrait of a capital focused on image, personal wealth and self-interest over public service . Ive violated an unwritten rule that says people on the inside should not write critically about other people on the inside, said Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine and a former reporter for the Washington Post . I name names. I write about this decadent world...

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An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found that the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased the number of prescriptions for opiates by about 270 percent nationwide in the past twelve years. While the number of prescriptions varies widely in different regions of the country, St. Louis reflects the national average with an approximate 300 percent increase, said the author of the article, Aaron Glantz. Basically what we found is that the VA is dealing with...

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Hundreds of thousands of government employees went on furlough today, as the federal government began a partial shutdown. Thousands of those employees live and work in the St. Louis region. Meanwhile the debt ceiling deadline looms. What kind of economic impact will the shutdown and debt ceiling have on the St. Louis region? St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh spoke with economist Howard Wall, Colonel Kyle Kremer, Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base, and St. Louis...

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The online marketplace for health insurance one of the major provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act goes live Tuesday, October 1. With the hours winding down until enrollment begins, we wanted to provide a platform for your questions to be answered. Our guest for this segment is uniquely suited to answer those questions. As the consortium administrator for the Kansas City Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Nanette Foster Reilly and her office have been...

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Second Brief: For the Sake of All The second of five briefs from a multi-disciplinary study on African-American health in St. Louis and St. Louis County was released last week. It details how health issues lead African American high schoolers in the region to drop out of school. The study, called For the Sake of All , is a partnership between researchers in multiple departments of Washington University and Saint Louis University. Joining us today to discuss the second brief were the director...

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Jazz trio The Bad Plus is making an extra stop in St. Louis this year. In addition to their January performance at Jazz at the Bistro, the group will be in town September 30th through October 3rd as part of Jazz St. Louis Residency Series. Jazz enthusiasts will be able to hear The Bad Plus discuss their work at various events, as well as listen to them perform with members of the St. Louis Symphony. This is a very special project that focuses on different types of activities with the crown...

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Of the dancers who performed as part of the Muny Chorus in 1962 , only one of them had their own security guard. Pelagie Green Wren made history that year when, at the age of 19, she became the first black dancer to perform at the Muny. Her participation was so unfathomable that she received threats on her life, just for dancing. Wren, who passed away last week at the age of 71, went on to perform in such Muny productions as West Side Story, The King and I, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She...

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Todays broadcast of an interview with Mo Rocca is an excerpt from an earlier interview . The initial interview was prempted by President Obamas speech on Syria. With the new season of Roccas cooking show starting next week, we took the opportunity to broadcast segments you might have missed earlier and highlight the details of the show. Related Event My Grandmothers Ravioli with Mo Rocca New season begins Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. Eastern For more information,...

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Every month, St. Louis on the Air holds a legal roundtable in which we discuss local, regional and national issues pertaining to the law. This month, we took the show on the road to Saint Louis Universitys new downtown School of Law building. Host Don Marsh and the panel of legal experts took questions from a live audience in the 12 th floor court room. And with the new U.S. Supreme Court session scheduled to begin October 7 th , there was a lot to talk about. The panelists were: William...

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For some time now, St. Louisans interested in funding creative projects in the region have gathered on the last Sunday of the month for Slou p . They put a donation in a pot, eat soup, listen to proposals, and vote on the one theyd most like to see happen. The proposal that wins the most votes gets to use the donated money to help make their idea a reality. This September, Sloups model went political under the initiative of Scott Ogilvie, alderman for the 24th ward of St. Louis. Using the...

There is a consensus among scientists that global warming is occurring, and the increase in temperature is man-made. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently preparing a new report on the topic that is expected to include strongly worded warnings to reduce the world's consumption of fossil fuels. But the debate remains in American political circles. What are the facts? Why is there so much debate? St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh put those questions and more...

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