Kimberly Phillips

Kimberly Phillips embarked on a career in journalism at 16 when a high school friend interested in starting a student newspaper recruited her help. She went on to intern and later work at the weekly paper in her Connecticut hometown, and after graduation from Central Connecticut State University joined the staff at the Register Citizen in Torrington. In early 2002, she moved to the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, rising through the ranks from reporter to town editor, state editor, and eventually news editor. After nearly 20 years at the JI, the last four as the newsroom’s top local editor, she shifted her professional path, wanting to get back to personally telling people’s stories. Phillips came to UConn in December 2021 to write for UConn Today and promote the University community’s achievements. She lives in Manchester with husband Jay and son Ethan.

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Illustration of a early century woman staring out of a door frame and out into a yard

Abortion in Colonial America: A Time of Herbal Remedies and Accepted Actions

UConn historians discuss abortion in Colonial America

A police traffic stop. (Getty Images)

UConn Policy Institute Releases First Statewide Report on Police Use of Force

Connecticut residents got their first look at statewide statistics on police use of force in a report from the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy

Jack Henry, one of the artists whose work is included in the Open Air Art Exhibition at UConn Avery Point, writes on one of the orbs included in the “For There is Always Light” portion of the exhibition during the opening reception on July 14, 2022. (Sydney Herdle/UConn Photo).

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Open Air 2022 Intends to Spark Conversation at Avery Point

Gun violence, environmental catastrophe among the themes explored by artists in diverse exhibition of artworks

An older woman's hand grasps a grab bar in a bathroom.

Finding Comfort at Home: New Website Logs Solutions to Everyday Problems for Disabled People and Their Caregivers

'If we only think of disabilities as this tragedy, we don’t also recognize that this is part of being a human being and this is part of how we make our world'

The "Goose of Cairo" sits prominently among the work on display in the 'Swing into Action: Maurice Sendak and the World of Puppetry' exhibition at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs as attendees walk around the exhibition during the opening event on July 7, 2022.

Where the Wild Puppets Are: Maurice Sendak Creations Land at Ballard

'Sendak was interested in puppetry, even though he was not a puppeteer himself. As a visual artist, he was intrigued by images, gestures, choreography, and story'

The UConn Fine Arts Complex. The School of Fine Arts celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

School of Fine Arts Celebrates Diamond Anniversary

Sixty years of innovation, dynamism, and creativity for arts education in Connecticut

HDFS associate professor Laura Donorfio, center left, poses with her son, Adam, center right, and drag queens BeBe Zahara Benet, far left, and Jujubee during a taping of the TLC show “Dragnificent!,” which featured the mother/son pair.v

HDFS Professor Couples Drag Culture, Gerontology in Her Work

Laura Donorfio says the seemingly disparate topics complement each other well, and offer a chance to think about how aging is perceived across society

Cheerful kids stand semicircle on floor in kindergarten or daycare centre. Preschoolers have fun indoors, playing games.

Study: Better Eating, More Activity at Family Child Care Homes that Focused on Best Practices

'Providers were very concerned about the health of the kids. They really feel like an extended family member, and they want more training to do a better job of providing healthy foods and activities'

Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair of American History, lectures at the Gentry Building. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Historian Earns Pennington Award; Talks Juneteenth as Holiday Approaches

Manisha Sinha talks about the roots of Juneteenth, which became a national holiday in 2021, but which began in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War

Students playing the cello, violin, and piano who are participating in the Jorgensen Outreach for Youth program

Jorgensen Conservatory Program Helps Area Teens Find JOY! in Music

'It's completely changed my life. I wouldn't be a professional musician without it'