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Education
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Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Master of Science, Journalism, 2005

University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, American Studies, 2000

Journalism Experience
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KPBS News – San Diego, CA
FEBRUARY 2015 – PRESENT
SENIOR TELEVISION NEWS PRODUCER
Manage news content and editorial direction for Evening Edition. Supervise a team of news producers, video journalists and an anchor/reporter who produce news content for the nightly show. Collaborate with newsroom managers to assign reporters to daily news stories for all KPBS platforms: television, radio and web. Manage and review scripts and video for nightly show. Lead newsroom and production crews with a strategy to cover developing stories for all platforms. Manage show director and crew members to execute editorial vision for Evening Edition.

FEBRUARY 2015 – FEBRUARY 2016
SENIOR NEWS PRODUCER
Manage Midday Edition, a daily radio talk show on San Diego’s NPR station, and Evening Edition, one of the only nightly television news shows on a local PBS station. Supervise a team of producers, reporters, hosts and anchors who help produce news content for both shows. Evaluate interview and story pitches. Edit web stories for Midday Edition interviews.

NBC News – San Jose, CA
OCTOBER 2013 – JANUARY 2015
NEWS PRODUCER
Produced the weekend edition of NBC Bay Area News at 5. Produced Olympic Zone show ahead of NBC primetime coverage of Sochi Winter Games. Worked with platform managers, assignment desk editors and web producers to ensure NBC Bay Area has complete local news coverage on air and online.

CBS News – San Francisco, CA
APRIL 2011 – OCTOBER 2013
NEWS PRODUCER
Produce KPIX 5 News This Morning, KPIX 5 News at Noon and the weekend morning edition of KPIX 5 News. Respond aggressively to breaking news by monitoring news wires, social media, emails, web updates, beat checks and freelance photographers’ phone calls. Oversee video editing, news script writing and graphics production for morning news shows. Write and produce San Francisco news updates for CBS This Morning. Research, book and produce live segments with politicians, newsmakers and community leaders including former State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.

Patch.com – Newark, CA
NOVEMBER 2010 – APRIL 2011
NEWARK PATCH EDITOR
Launched the first hyperlocal news site that covered crime, politics, schools, businesses and community issues in Newark, Calif. Produced web videos, created photo slideshows and wrote news stories. Supervised freelance reporters and photographers. Managed Newark news budget.

News10 – Sacramento, CA
FEBRUARY 2010 TO NOVEMBER 2010
MULTIMEDIA NEWS PRODUCER
Produced stories, video and other web content for news10.net. Utilized strong video, interviews and multimedia tools to produce compelling news shows for News10 Good Morning, News10 at 6 and News10 Midday. Wrote news stories, edit news video and create photo slideshows with CNN video, digital photo files and viewers’ pictures. Cultivated News10’s connection with Sacramento’s online community by blogging about local bloggers and tweeters.

KCRA 3 News – Sacramento, CA
DECEMBER 2007 TO DECEMBER 2009
NEWS PRODUCER
Produced KCRA 3 Reports from 7 to 9 AM, KCRA 3 Reports at Noon and the weekend morning edition of KCRA 3 Reports. Coordinate live reports on breaking news with reporters and photographers. Produced and wrote the Sacramento news updates for the Today Show. Wrote and published local news stories and news links on kcra.com. Promoted our news show online and connected with viewers on social networking web sites like Facebook, Twitter and www.kcra.com/ulocal.

49 ABC News, KTKA – Topeka, Kansas
NOVEMBER 2005 TO NOVEMBER 2007
NEWS PRODUCER
Produced 49 News at 10:00 PM and Good Morning Kansas. Investigated, wrote and edited news stories. Managed live shots on spot news and features with reporters and photographers. Produced, edited and published award-winning webcast, “49 News Now.” Wrote and published breaking news stories on ktka.com. Produced breaking news updates on May 2007 severe weather and flood damage in Northeast Kansas. Produced live updates for the November 2006 Elections. Trained new producers and interns on writing and editing stories.

Illinois Channel – Washington, D.C.
JAN 2005 TO MARCH 2005
PRODUCER/REPORTER
Enterprised, wrote and produced stories on Illinois Congressmen and Senators in the nation’s capitol. Produced news segments on then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, U.S. Representatives Bobby Rush and Melissa Bean.

WKYT-TV – Washington, D.C.
JAN 2005 TO MARCH 2005
DC CORRESPONDENT
Reported on social and legislative issues for Lexington, Kentucky, CBS affiliate. Covered the 2005 Inauguration Ceremony and reactions on the 2005 State of the Union from Kentucky lawmakers.

Reuters TV – London, Great Britain
SEPT. 2004 TO DEC. 2004
ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Investigated, produced, and edited TV news stories and features for the daily feeds of an international TV wire service. Field produced feature stories on London lifestyles and the British art scene. Interviews include actor Pierce Brosnan and Guardian political cartoonist Martin Rowson.

Northwestern News Network – Chicago, IL
JUNE 2004 TO AUG. 2004
PRODUCER/REPORTER
Worked as the Executive Producer for the Medill News Reports on WYCC, Chicago. Directed news reporters, edited news segments on AVID and organized camera crews. Produced and managed news crews for the weekly Headline News show for Evanston Public Television. Produced the weekly Northwestern News Reports for Evanston and Chicago Public Television. Field produced local stories on Chicago news, politics and culture.

Medill News Service – Chicago, IL
MARCH 2004 TO JUNE 2004
BUSINESS REPORTER
Reported on Illinois software companies and technology innovations for the Daily Herald and the Northwest Indiana Times. Produced and published business section for the Medill News Service web site.

KALX 90.7 FM Radio Station – Berkeley, CA
SEPTEMBER 1996 TO DECEMBER 2003
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR
Coordinated the production of Public Affairs programming and served as an external liaison between the station and the Bay Area Community. Edited the writing and production of public service announcements. Trained staff on production studio equipment and interview techniques.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CREATOR
Produced, edited, directed and managed the show production of KALX’s newsmagazine on life in the Bay Area, “On the Record”. Researched and edited stories. Developed and wrote show scripts. Past programs include: November 2002 Election Coverage, California AIDS Ride (July 2001), Interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger (November 2002), Lecture by Noam Chomsky (May 2002), Speech by President Bill Clinton (February 2002), Lecture by poet Alice Walker (May 2002)

CNN – San Francisco, CA
MAY 1998 TO JULY 1998
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Researched and enterprised Northern California news stories and features. Calibrated audio levels for live interviews. Aided with lighting and camera set-up for interviews out in the field.

University Experience
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U.S. State Department, St. Petersburg, Russia
SEPTEMBER 2010
LECTURER
Taught American broadcast journalism classes at St. Petersburg State University. Produced multimedia presentations that demonstrated how American journalists used online tools and other technologies to cover news.

Technical Experience
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University of California, Berkeley
JULY 2000 TO DECEMBER 2003
PROGRAMMER ANALYST
Provided hardware and software support for business students and professors. Configured multimedia workstations. Upgraded operating systems and secured personal laptops for the wireless environment. Taught multimedia and web design workshops.

Skills
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Grass Valley NewsEdit, AVID Newscutter, AP ENPS NewsCenter, FORK Production Client, iNews, Adobe Premiere 6.0, Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Panasonic DVC Pro, Kodak zi8 Camera, HTML/Web design

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Kris Vera-Phillips @ December 2, 2006