Bob Phillips started his professional career while still a college student when he was hired by KDFW-TV in Dallas at the age of 18 and a first semester freshman. He later received both his BFA and MLA degrees from SMU. He was a TV news cameraman, film editor, assignments editor, reporter, producer and anchor during his 16 years at KDFW. 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, 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 more than a million people each week on 26 different television stations in 19 Texas markets (and nationally on RFD-TV) celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program is now produced by Phillips Productions, LLC, a subsidiary of Texas Monthly Magazine.
For more than 35 years, Bob has been a Professor of Communications at Amberton University in Dallas where he has lectured on Public Relations, Media Relations, Critical Analysis of Media and other forms of communications. He has also consulted many Fortune 1000 companies, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and other businesses on the subject of corporate communications. Through the film and video production company he founded in 1987, Bob has produced many award-winning films, videos, commercials and other content on behalf of his clients.