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June 14, 2006

Former WSUI Reporter Phillips Reads 'Live From Prairie Lights' June 27

Lisa Phillips, a former reporter for University of Iowa radio station WSUI, will return to read on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27.

The broadcast on AM 910 will originate in a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Phillips has written "Public Radio: Behind The Voices," a collection of profiles of figures from Public Radio," of which broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff wrote, "For the millions of us who can't live without public radio, Lisa Phillips answers our questions about the people we love to listen to. Just as we've gotten to know them by the stories they tell, she tells their stories -- giving us a personal connection to this vital, daily source of news and information."

Former NPR reporter Carole Zimmer commented, "This book is such fun. Phillips has a knack for finding the entertaining and telling anecdote that brings the public radio personalities behind the microphones to life."

And Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature," added, "If you're like me, you spend five hours a week with Terry Gross, and they're some of the finest hours to boot. Saturday means Scott Simon; the voice of Ira Glass echoes frequently in the back of your mind. For those of us who connect to the larger world principally through the radio, these voices are not so far from being members of the family. And yet we know little about them, since radio is usually ignored by  the TV- and film-obsessed media. So these respectful, straightforward, and informative short profiles provide a real service -- Lisa Phillips has provided us with the equivalent of a playbill for public radio. Any fan will want a copy."

Phillips loved public radio so much that after graduating from college, she took a job as news director of KTPR in Fort Dodge. Her day started at 4:30 a.m., in time to broadcast Bob Edwards's first "Good Morning" on Morning Edition. Over a decade later, and after working at WSUI and several other public radio stations, she was driven to know more about the people who deliver the news, the conversation and the diverse programs that she and millions of others enjoy every day.

Phillips now teaches journalism at the State University of New York at New Paltz and has freelanced for the New York Times, NPR, Marketplace and other publications and radio programs. Her reporting has received four regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a New York Festival award and honors from the Communicator and the Associated Press. She is also a published fiction writer who has been honored with a 2002 New York Foundation for the Arts fiction award, the National Society for Arts and Letters/Pittsburgh chapter award and the Scott Turow award.

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