Kelli and Bob Phillips share more than their love for each other…a love for people. Each has made a career of staying in constant contact with the audiences they have built in their almost life-long careers in communications. Now they are traveling the Texas back roads together as co-hosts of Texas Country Reporter. Kelli Lee...read the rest
Kelli and Bob Phillips share more than their love for each other…a love for people. Each has made a career of staying in constant contact with the audiences they have built in their almost life-long careers in communications. Now they are traveling the Texas back roads together as co-hosts of Texas Country Reporter.
Kelli Lee first appeared on television and in print at the age of 14 in commercials and ads for various businesses. At 18, Kelli became the youngest local host of Evening Magazine in the country when she was hired by KENS-TV (CBS) in San Antonio while still a student at the University of Texas in Austin. She quickly expanded into working in radio on KTFM and KTSA in San Antonio and fell in love with the instant contact aspect offered by live radio. In 1989 she moved to Beaumont where she worked in sales and as a deejay at 94.1 and 106.1 radio stations. She also worked in television as a spokesperson for various businesses.
In 2003, Kelli became the morning news anchor as a member of the KFDM Morning Show. She soon added the noon news program to her duties and, in 2007, became the anchor of the Live at Five program and co-anchor of 6 News at Ten. When longtime 6PM news anchor Larry Beaulieu retired in 2011, Kelli was chosen to replace him on the program.
Bob Phillips started his professional career while still a college student when he was hired by KDFW-TV (CBS) in Dallas at the age of 18 and a first semester freshman at SMU where he later received both his BFA and MLA degrees. He was a TV news cameraman, film editor, assignments editor, reporter, producer and anchor during his 16 years at KDFW-TV. During that time he did general assignments reporting and also covered the political beat where he followed stories from city council meetings to the state legislature to national political conventions. He covered The Dallas Cowboys as a photographer and was on the sidelines of every game they played, including Super Bowl games, during the 1970s and early 80s. He also shot game footage for NFL Films and later worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas.
In the early 70s, Bob and a group of journalists at KDFW started the program 4 Country Reporter, as a way to cover news in small towns and out of the way places. The program quickly became a feature show about the lives of everyday Texans. It was an instant success with Bob as its producer and host. In 2022, the show that is now called Texas Country Reporter and is seen by almost two million people each week on 26 different television stations in 19 Texas markets and nationally on RFD-TV will celebrate its 50th anniversary, making it the longest running independently produced TV show in the country. The program is produced by Phillips Productions, a full-service hybrid agency that is based in Dallas.
Bob and Kelli make their home in Dallas.read less