ABC News President James Goldston announced in a staff memo this morning that Kyra Phillips has joined the news organization as a DC-based correspondent. Phillips, who had been at CNN in a variety of positions since 1999, is the wife of John Roberts, Fox News’s chief White House correspondent.
Phillips was primarily a daytime anchor for CNN before being moved to HLN in 2012. She hosted Raising America (which focused on stories pertaining to American families) on the CNN sister network and led its election coverage. Raising America was then cancelled in late 2013 as part of then general manager Albie Hecht’s push to reinvent HLN. Phillips occasionally substitute anchored for CNN afterwards and joined the documentary unit as a correspondent. Her profile though was significantly lower than before her HLN days.
Read Goldston’s note:
I’m pleased to announce Kyra Phillips is joining ABC News as a correspondent based in DC, starting today.
In her impressive career at CNN and HLN, where she won multiple Peabody, Murrow and Emmy awards, she’s proven a first-rate journalist and investigative reporter. She’s anchored daily news programs, led election coverage and interviewed some of the most fascinating people of our time, from former presidents to Mother Teresa.
Her riveting long-form reporting investigated sexual assault at West Point Academy, war atrocities allegedly committed by a former commander in Somalia’s army, and race and social justice. When nooses were hung outside a local high school in Louisiana, she was on the scene documenting the rising tension in the city and how community leaders planned to address it.
During four assignments in Iraq, Kyra embedded with American troops aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and reported extensively on the pervasive effects of drug use in the Iraqi military. She documented the daily life of Iraqi citizens, interviewing university students who feared for their families’ safety while bombs decimated their city and profiled young people at the Baghdad School for the Blind.
Her passion for journalism is matched by her incredible generosity of spirit. She volunteers for a variety of organizations that help those in need, including the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and programs supporting military families.
Please join me in giving Kyra a warm welcome to our brilliant Washington team.