Phil is a TV and radio journalist who recently finished nine years presenting the premier breakfast program on the ABC's international arm, Radio Australia.
Bachelor of Arts (UNE 1994)
Master of Letters (UNE 1996)
A lecturer and Industry Fellow at RMIT from 2017, Phil has broadcast from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Pacific and in Cambodia, which involved working to crowds of thousands at the Water Festival in Phnom Penh. He also hosted the ABC's first English language program from mainland China.
In 2014 he was highly commended in the category of International Radio Personality of the Year at the Asian Broadcasting Awards, and was shortlisted in the same category by the London-based Association for International Broadcasting in 2007.
He has lectured at La Trobe University where he co-ordinated the Media Industries major, taught TV, podcasting, writing, and interviewing and consulted on the university's new live TV space. He has also guest lectured at UNSW (Sydney), The University of Washington (U.S.) and at the Reuters Fellowship in Oxford (U.K.). Phil was also the National Journalism Trainer for the ABC for three years, teaching interviewing for cadets and experienced journalists when TV and radio were being amalgamated, and taught the skills of visual interviewing to radio people and vice versa.
He has been a regular TV presenter on ABC TV News Breakfast, and co-hosts and fills-in as host on ABC 774.
For a Churchill Fellowship in 2002, Phil travelled to the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and the Netherlands to study how journalists are trained to deal with trauma. His findings were published widely across the world.
Phil's third book, Someone Else's War, tells the story of his grandmother, who was a spy in Greece in WW2.The book was reprinted in 2012 after three months. Psichogios Publications (Athens) published the book in in Greek for the European market.
He is currently completing his PhD, which is an exigesis on the process of converting Someone Else's War into a one-woman play.