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Kris Vera-Phillips

Senior News Producer

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Kris Vera-Phillips is the senior producer at KPBS News who manages KPBS Evening Edition and KPBS Roundtable.

As a Next Generation Leadership fellow, Vera-Phillips 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.

Vera-Phillips has earned an Emmy for her work on the KPBS Special: Fall of Saigon. Her work has also 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, Vera-Phillips 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 the latest addition to her pack, Alexander.

Recent Stories by Kris Vera-Phillips

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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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