For most of us, roads and highways are simply a means to a destination. But for more than 40 years, the back roads of Texas have been home and office for Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips. He was born in Dallas, but spent much of his youth growing up on the family farm near Lake...read the rest
For most of us, roads and highways are simply a means to a destination. But for more than 40 years, the back roads of Texas have been home and office for Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips. He was born in Dallas, but spent much of his youth growing up on the family farm near Lake Texoma. It was there that Bob lived with and learned from the folks he calls the “salt of the earth.” His “Texas Country Reporter” television series is a celebration of the Texas way of life and a tribute to the “real” heroes of our time — the everyday men and women who make our state such a special place.
Bob started his television career at KDFW-TV (Channel 4) in Dallas, Texas, while he was a student at SMU. He was a photographer and a reporter covering news, politics, where he covered several state and national political conventions and the inauguration of President Nixon, and even sports, where he spent several years traveling with the Dallas Cowboys and shooting for NFL Films. His “Country Reporter” series began at KDFW-TV in 1972 and continued on that station until Phillips moved his program to WFAA-TV in October of 1986 and syndicated the show statewide. Bob’s back roads travels have lasted 40+ years and “Texas Country Reporter” is now seen in all television markets in Texas.
Bob is a 1973 graduate of Southern Methodist University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Broadcast-Film-Art. In 1976, he received a Master of Liberal Arts degree from SMU. He has been honored with numerous awards for his work from AP, UPI, Dallas Press Club, Telly Awards, Texas Historical Commission, WorldFest International and the coveted television Emmy Awards and he is a member of the EMMY organization’s Silver Circle, an exclusive group of broadcast journalists who have given more than 25 years of service to their profession. He is a Professor at Amberton University where he has taught communications classes since 1988.
Bob is the owner and president of Phillips Productions, Inc., which produces the TV series, “Texas Country Reporter.” The company’s corporate film and video clients include Balfour Beatty, Neiman Marcus, Southwest Airlines, several colleges and universities and many other corporations, educational institutions and not-for-profit agencies. Bob is a frequent consultant to corporations on public relations and marketing matters. He is also president of Texas Country Tours, Inc., a hospitality company that operates Escondida, The Texas Country Reporter Hacienda, a boutique hotel and spa in Medina, Texas.
In 1990, Bob compiled a collection of recipes from the friends and viewers of the Texas Country Reporter television show and released the Texas Country Reporter Cookbook, now in its seventh printing. In 1993, he authored 52 Offbeat Texas Stops — a travel guide to some of the offbeat and out of the way places he has visited. His next book, 52 MORE Offbeat Texas Stops, is currently available online, as is his latest book, Texas Country Reporter: Life on the Backroads. Bob’s third cookbook, Food: Texas Style, will be available in October 2015.
In the fall of 2016, Bob released his largest DVD set ever, “The Texas Country Reporter Collection,” a 12 disc set with more than 20 hours of content loaded into a collector’s box. This follows the 2010 release of “The Best of Texas Country Reporter volume 2” – a 2-DVD set of favorite stories selected by viewers. It follows the 2008 release of “The Best of Texas Country Reporter.” And the 2005 release “Go! Stay! Eat!” All are available at www.TexasCountryReporter.com.
Texas Country Reporter is also seen nationally on RFD-TV and in 22 Texas television markets. Rating services estimate that more than 2-million people see Bob’s program each week. Bob divides his time between homes in Dallas and a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. He is married to Kelli Phillips who formerly anchored the evening news on the Beaumont, Texas, CBS affiliate. Kelli now works at Phillips Productions and is co-hosting “Texas Country Reporter” with Bob.read less