Kathleen Phillips


Kathleen Phillips

Email Address


Phone / Fax

979.845.2872 (p) / 979.862.1202 (f)

Physical Location

578 John Kimbrough Blvd.
College Station, TX 77843

Mailing Address

Texas A&M University
2112 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2112

Organizational Role


Immediate Supervisor

John Chivvis
Kathleen Phillips

Position Title

Media Relations Manager, News Editor and Communications Specialist

Unit & Entity

AgriLife Communications (Texas A&M AgriLife)


Agriculture, Journalism, Journalist, News, News Media, Photography, video production, Writing

General Bio

News and Media Relations Leader, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications

January 1990 – Present - Bryan/College Station, Texas Area

I manage a news team that is not unlike a bureau throughout Texas. We have two writer/editors in College Station and five writer/editors across the state. We produce news daily M-F, both in "print" and broadcast formats, for Texas A&M AgriLife. see http://today.agrilife.org, https://www.flickr.com/photos/agrilifetoday and https://www.youtube.com/user/agrilifetoday


Executive Secretary-Treasurer, North American Agricultural Journalists

January 2000 – Present 

I handle the association's business, member relations, meeting planning.


Director, FIND (Formation in Direction)

July 2004 – Present (11 years 2 months) Bryan/College Station, Texas Area

I oversee this school for spiritual direction which is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas


Science Writer, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

1990 – 2007  

I wrote news stories about the work at this agency, which was then called Texas Agriculture Experiment Station. I'm still with this agency, but my duties have expanded since 2007.


Editor, Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas

July 1988 – December 1989  Lubbock, Texas Area

I edited the diocesan newspaper and wrote stories and took photos for it.


Assistant Farm Editor, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

August 1978 – December 1989  Lubbock, Texas Area

I wrote and edited news and feature stories about agriculture on the Texas High Plains, covered 33 Texas counties, roughly 100 radius of Lubbock, did national travel to cover agriculture in relation to the High Plains agriculture.


Freelance writer and photographer

August 1978 – December 1989 (11 years 5 months) Lubbock, Texas Area

Topics included agriculture, engineering, parenting, religion, health in a variety of state and national magazines.

Instructor, Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences, agriculture journalism

August 1986 – May 1987 Lubbock, Texas Area

I taught ag journalism classes while getting my master's.



 Superior Service

 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

January 2013

 The 7-member News and Media Relations Team was honored for our top-notch statewide coverage of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.


 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence-Team

 Vice Chancellor of Agriculture, Texas A&M

January 2008

 Team award for superior coverage of emergency situations in Texas


 Bronze Award-Publishing

 Assn for Communication Excellence

June 2006

 Publishing: 4-Color Popular
Publications, for JMG: Literature in the Garden, Team award.


 Bronze Award

 Assn for Communication Excellence

June 2005

 Writing for Magazines, for Land Fragmentation: Texas Farms Giving Way to Urban Growth


 Distinguished Alumna

 Texas Tech Univ, College of Ag & Natural Resources

May 2004


 Outstanding Science Communicator of the Year

 Sigma Xi-Texas A&M Univ

March 2004


 J.S. Russell Memorial Award

 North American Ag Journalists

April 2003


 Gold Award for Publishing: Magazines and periodicals

 Agricultural Communicators in Education

 Lifescapes magazine writing


 Bronze Award for Information Technology

 Agricultural Communicators in Education

 Best innovative use of communications technology (AgNews redesign for audio/video


 2nd Round Screenplay

 Austin Film Festival

October 2000


 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence, Special Services

 Vice Chancellor of Agriculture, Texas A&M

January 1996


 Award in Excellence

 International Assn. of Business Communicators

 for development of electronic news service AgNMore


 Bronze Smokey Bear Award

 USDA Forest Service, National Assn. of State Foresters, Ad Council

March 1994

 for Fire Prevention Communications


 Best Paper Award

 Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists

January 1994

 for "AgNMore: A news release listserv fro Texas A&M's Agriculture Program


 Award for Journalism Communications

 Texas Forestry Association

April 1994


 Award in Excellence

 International Assn. of Business Communicators

June 1994

 "Focused on the Environment" Media Guide


 Enviro-Communicator Award

 Keep Texas Beautiful

March 1993

 for Total Public Relations Program


 Golden Award for Overall Community Relations Program

 Council for the Advancement of Science in Education

April 1993

 Africanized Honey Bee campaign


 Superior Service Unit Award


June 1992

 USDA - Superior Service Unit Award - Africanized Honey Bee news


 Golden Arc Award for PR Campaign-Public Affairs

 Agricultural Relations Council

June 1992

 Africanized honey bee


 Who’s Who of American Women

 Who’s Who of American Women

May 1991


 first place government/political reporting

 National Federation of Press Women

January 1990



 second place series

 National Assn. Of Agricultural Journalists

April 1990

  - second place series


 first place news

 Texas Press Women

June 1990


 first place agribusiness coverage

 Texas Press Women

June 1990


  first place government/political reporting

 Texas Press Women

June 1990


 third place features

 Texas Press Women

June 1990


 first place community service

 Associated Press

June 1989

 rural health care special project


 second place feature

 National Assn. Of Agricultural Journalists

April 1989



  first place news

 Texas Press Women

June 1989

 presidential elections


 second place agribusiness coverage

 Texas Press Women

June 1989


 Communicator of the Year

 Women in Communications Inc. Lubbock Chapter

June 1989


 second place news

 National Assn. Of Agricultural Journalists

April 1988


 special merit for journalistic excellence

 American College of Emergency Physicians

June 1988

 Special series on rural health


 Wilbur Award

 Religious Public Relations Council

May 1988

  special project on role of churches in farm crisis


 Headliner Award

 Women in Communications

April 1988


 second place columns

 National Assn. Of Agricultural Journalists

April 1988


 Honorary Lone Star Farmer

 Future Farmers of America

April 1984


 Media Excellence Award

 Texas Farmers Union

April 1984


 Public Service honorable mention

 Associated Press

June 1982

 (crop disaster coverage)


 Public Service second place

 United Press International

June 1982

 (crop disaster coverage)


 Media Award.

 Lubbock Soil and Water Conservation District

May 1980