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Kris Vera-Phillips

Senior News Producer

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Kris Vera-Phillips is an Emmy-awarding producer who manages KPBS Evening Edition and KPBS Roundtable.

As a Next Generation Leadership fellow, Kris worked with NPR, American Public Media and other organizations to launch the Public Media Village at the 2016 National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Conference. She also serves as a board member and external affairs liaison for the San Diego chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Before KPBS News, she produced news shows and news specials at CBS and NBC in San Francisco. She also produced news programs and digital content in Sacramento and Topeka, Kansas. She managed special coverage of live events including the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Beyond the newsroom, Kris taught American broadcast news classes at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Outside of the newsroom, her favorite production is all about her family: her husband, cocker spaniel and and the latest addition to her pack, Alexander.

Recent Stories by Kris Vera-Phillips

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Business Report: Black Friday Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season

Nov. 23
By Ebone Monet, Kris Vera-Phillips

Shoppers in San Diego and around the nation take advantage of holiday deals in stores and online this weekend.

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Friday Business Report: Stock Market Tumbles

Oct. 12
By Ebone Monet, Kris Vera-Phillips

We take a look at what could be behind Wall Street's biggest weekly loss in six months in tonight's Friday Business Report.

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Friday Business Report: New iPhone Hype

Sept. 14
By Ebone Monet, Kris Vera-Phillips

A new iPhone with more bells and whistles competes in the crowded smartphone market. Plus, the median household income rises and a new campaign aims to attract more skilled workers to San Diego.

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Roundtable: San Diego Catholic Priest Abuse Scandal Reignites

Sept. 14
By Bennett Lacy, Kris Vera-Phillips, Mark Sauer

New details in San Diego's clergy abuse scandal, California leading the fight against climate change, and the mission and reality of America's longest war in Afghanistan.

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New San Diego Fire Chief Prepares For Fire Season

Aug. 20
By Jade Hindmon, Kris Vera-Phillips

San Diego's new fire chief, Colin Stowell, is preparing for the next fire season and one of his priorities is to recruit new firefighters and retain current staff members.

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Roundtable: Sanctuary State Fight, School Sex Assault Investigation, Sewage Spill Lawsuit

March 9
By Bennett Lacy, Kris Vera-Phillips

The Trump Administration battles California over sanctuary state policies, the investigation into the handling of a sexual assault case at Lincoln High School and frustration over cross-border sewage spills leads to a multi-city lawsuit.

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Escondido Exhibit Untangles History of Hair

Jan. 11, 2016
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Tom Fudge

A new exhibit opening Saturday at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido examines hair trends from Africa and how they are linked to cultures and identity.

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Documentary Explores Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of Latinos

Sept. 16, 2015
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A PBS documentary shares the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, from their struggles on the battlefield to their struggles at home.

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New Chief Prepares For San Diego Fire Season

Sept. 28, 2015
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will, Peggy Pico

Veteran firefighter Brian Fennessy plans on increasing racial and gender diversity within the ranks as the new chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

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