Kristine Phillips

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering national and breaking news

Education: California State University, BA in journalism and digital media

Kristine Phillips covered national and breaking news for The Washington Post. She left The Post in 2019.
Latest from Kristine Phillips

Turpins plead guilty to abusing and imprisoning 12 of their children, could serve life sentences

Officials say the couple repeatedly beat, choked and tied up their children with ropes and chains.

February 22, 2019

A college student’s cutesy ‘Banana Plug’ app was actually a way to sell meth, police say

The California teenager was caught during an undercover sting, authorities say.

February 20, 2019

Florida sixth-grader arrested after dispute with teacher over Pledge of Allegiance

School officials said the student was punished for being disruptive, not for refusing to recite the pledge.

February 18, 2019

Man accused in Aurora mass shooting had been convicted for beating girlfriend with baseball bat

Authorities say Gary Martin, 45, killed five people and wounded five police officers in Aurora, Ill.

February 17, 2019

Disgruntled employee who killed five in Illinois had felony record that forbade gun ownership

Illinois State Police revoked Gary Martin’s firearm permit, but he never turned over his weapon.

February 16, 2019

Australian cattle survived years of drought. Then came the deadly floods.

Officials estimate that more than 300,000 herd cattle were killed, though that number could rise.

February 14, 2019

A woman crept into an abandoned house to smoke pot. She found a caged tiger instead.

“We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger.”

February 12, 2019

‘Pure evil’: Southern Baptist leaders condemn decades of sexual abuse revealed in investigation

“We must admit that our failures, as churches, put these survivors in a position where they were forced to stand alone and speak, when we should have been fighting for them,” J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said.

February 10, 2019

Rob Lowe deletes tweet saying Elizabeth Warren would redefine the term Commander in ‘Chief’

The actor said “some peeps got upset” at his joke.

February 10, 2019

An Ohio city is ditching Columbus Day to make Election Day a paid holiday

Sandusky, Ohio, home to one of the largest amusement parks in the country, has made Election Day a paid holiday.

February 9, 2019