Keith Phillips has produced some of the most viewed stories in the history of the Vicksburg Daily News. His June story on a local woman who helped her husband’s dream come true by buying him a trucking company still gets hits to this day.
On Friday he caught wind of a breaking story in the sports world. Deion Sanders son, Shedeur, had committed to play football with his dad at Jackson State University. Keith got confirmation of the story via a tweet from Shedeur Sanders saying “Dad, I’ve got your back!”
The story took off immediately, passing 10,000 views on Facebook in its first hour. Today, four days later, it sits at over 322,000 views and 25,000 likes.
Keith is Vicksburg born and raised, graduating from Vicksburg High School in 2011 where he was a captain on the football team. He went on to the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated in 2017 with a degree in history. His proud mother is Irene Phillips Winters, and he was recently engaged to the very lucky Jennifer Cuellar.
Keith is also actively involved in coaching at St. Aloysius and the YMCA.
“Keith really has a handle on what’s happening in the sports world,” said editor Ronni Mott. “Whether it’s on the local level at all ages, college or the pros, he follows them all. He’s now expanding his reporting to include more of what’s happening in the city, which is great to see.”
Keith joined the Vicksburg Daily News in 2019 as our sports writer. When COVID-19 all but canceled team sports, he turned his attention to human interest stories along with whatever sports stories could be found.
Keith’s flag football team at the YMCA, the Golden Eagles, just won the championship, so he is having a good week.
Congratulations, Keith, on all you’ve accomplished so far.