He is a member of the Missouri School of Journalism’s faculty and director of Missouri Digital News where he supervises journalism students covering the statehouse for print, broadcast and new media. In addition, he is the author of Capitol Perspectives, a weekly column providing the perspective of the statehouse press corps dean on state issues.
Phill began as a radio/TV journalist in Denver, Colorado. He later covered the early days of Watergate while serving as the congressional reporter for National Public Radio.
Phill has won numerous regional and national awards for his statehouse reporting and investigative documentaries. His reporting has led to several major state government policy changes.
For the last couple of decades, Phill has spent time assisting development of independent journalism in a variety of nations including Poland, the former Checkslovkia, Spain, Uzbekistan, India, Sri Lanka and Lithuania. He has held adjunct journalism faculty appointments in both India and Spain.
A third generation Californian, Phill’s recreational interests continue to focus on mountains, oceans and seas. He is a former member of the National Ski Patrol and continues an active ski schedule with Lori, his wife, going back to their college days.
Phil and Lori are the proud servants of several cats including a once-abandoned kitten, Calella, brought home from a Spanish town for which she is named.
Phill holds both graduate and undergraduate journalism degrees from Mizzou. His graduate studies concentrated on government and political science.
These past few weeks, we’ve seen signs of how difficult it has become to pursue compromise in Missouri’s General Assembly.
If you sense that Missouri government has become unable to resolve major state problems, take a look at the agenda facing your state lawmakers after they returned from their spring break.