KPBS: Remembering the Fall of Saigon

I helped produce this KPBS special that covered the Fall of Saigon. This live show on the USS Midway covered the stories of veterans and refugees. This show won an Emmy for the News Special category.


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NBC Bay Area: Warehouse Fire

I produced breaking news coverage of a warehouse fire in San Jose on April 13, 2014. This show was nominated for an Emmy under the category: “Best Continuing Coverage-Within 24 Hours.”


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KPIX 5 News: Space Shuttle Endeavour

The final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. I produced a special edition KPIX 5 News at Noon, covering the shuttle’s journey thru the San Francisco Bay Area.


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KPBS: California Counts – U.S. Senate Debate

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KPBS News and California’s leading public media newsrooms held a live debate for the U.S. Senate race.

I produced the live program featuring five candidates who competed for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat.

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Kris Vera-Phillips @ June 18, 2016

About Me

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Kris Vera-Phillips is an Emmy-Award winning journalist with more than a decade of experience producing news shows and special programs: from the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour to a statewide debate in the race to replace U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.

As the Senior News Producer at KPBS San Diego, she manages a team of producers, video journalists and an anchor/reporter who produce news content for Evening Edition, one of the only nightly TV news shows on a local PBS station.

During her Next Generation Leadership Fellowship, Kris worked with managers from NPR, APM and other news organizations to launch the Public Media Village at the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Conference. She also served as a panelist at the 2016 PRNDI Conference for a discussion on diversity in the newsroom. Kris embedded with WGBH News in Boston, where she helped with news coverage for Super Tuesday including an interview with Republican Presidential hopeful, Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Before public media, Kris produced news shows and specials for CBS and NBC in the San Francisco Bay Area Market.

Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association.

Kris 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.

Beyond the newsroom, she taught American broadcast news classes at St. Petersburg State University in Russia.

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Kris Vera-Phillips @ June 17, 2016