Kyra Phillips is an anchor and correspondent for ABC News and ABC News Live based in Washington, D.C., covering the White House and is part of the Investigative Unit. Prior to joining ABC News, she was an award-winning anchor for “Live From,” “CNN Newsroom,” “American Morning,” and moved to HLN in 2012 to anchor “Raising America with Kyra Phillips,” a daily interactive program that focused on news impacting the modern American family. She was a correspondent for the CNN investigative and documentary units.
Her work has taken her all over the world, covering breaking news across the Middle East. During her four assignments in Iraq, she embedded with troops aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, documented substance abuse in the Iraqi military, reported from inside Saddam Hussein’s cell, and travelled to Baghdad’s School for the Blind. Phillips became the first female journalist to fly in an F-14 air-to-air combat training mission over the Persian Gulf and her war coverage secured her the Atlanta Press Club’s National Reporter of the Year in 2007.
Here in America, she has documented everything from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the impact on the people of New Orleans to rising racial tensions in Jena, Louisiana after nooses were hung outside of the town’s high school.
Phillips had devoted much of her career to long-form investigative reporting. She has investigated sexual misconduct allegations in the United States’ top military academies, sexual predators working in some of the United States’ most famous theme parks, and war atrocities allegedly committed by a former commander in Somalia’s army.
Throughout her career, she has gained exclusive access to some of the world’s most public figures from former presidents to Mother Teresa. Most recently, she interviewed former Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey about the rise of ISIS, Rev. Billy Graham in his last television interview, and Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, gaining unprecedented access to the disaster site.
Prior to CNN, Phillips served as an investigative reporter and anchor for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. She was a weekend anchor and reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans and prior to that, anchored and reported for WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Phillips has also served as morning anchor and reporter for KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas, and as a field producer for CNN-Telemundo in Washington, D.C.
Phillips is a long time Global Down Syndrome Foundation spokesperson and received its prestigious Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. Phillips has emceed GLOBAL’s AcceptAbility Gala in Washington, D.C. for many years.