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Kris Vera-Phillips

Senior News Producer - Contributor through July 2019

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Kris Vera-Phillips previously managed 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

U.S. Attorney for District of Massachusetts And...

Business Report: The Price Of Higher Education

March 15, 2019
By Kris Vera-Phillips

This week in business news, we look at the fallout from the college admissions scandal, the $4.7 trillion spending plan from the White House and two new reports offering a snapshot on the state of San Diego housing.

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Roundtable: California's Death Penalty Moratorium

March 15, 2019
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Mark Sauer

Coming up Friday on KPBS Roundtable: What's next after Gov. Gavin Newsom suspends California's death penalty, the fallout continues from the college admissions scandal, the changing ecosystem at the Salton Sea, and a victory this week for open-government advocates.

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Business Report: Stocks Sink, Again

Dec. 21, 2018
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Priya Sridhar

The week in business news looks at the downward slide of stocks, the possible sale of Jack in the Box, and record breaking online shopping this holiday season.

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Roundtable: San Diego Labor Leadership Change

Dec. 21, 2018
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Mark Sauer

San Diego sees big changes within the labor movement, authorities respond to Del Mar's crumbling bluffs and losing out on the California Dream.

Apple already employs more people in Austin tha...

Business Report: San Diego Sees Rosy Apple Outlook

Dec. 14, 2018
By Ebone Monet, Kris Vera-Phillips

Apple expands to San Diego, holiday shoppers search for discounts and women lead the charge at the box office.

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Roundtable: Power Shift In San Diego Politics

Dec. 14, 2018
By Kris Vera-Phillips, Mark Sauer

New leaders take over at San Diego City Hall, security concerns for Navy Ships on the San Diego Bay and divisive rhetoric about asylum seekers in Tijuana.

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Business Report: Black Friday Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season

Nov. 23, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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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