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Phil is one of the busiest people in local news. He starts his day at 4:00am as the co-anchor for the First Coast's favorite morning newscasts, "Good Morning Jacksonville Sunrise" and "Good Morning Jacksonville" with Patricia Crosby.

Then he returns to the First Coast News studios in the afternoon to co-anchor "First Coast News at 5:30" with Donna Hicken. Phil is also responsible for the local business reports on First Coast News. Phil was also responsible for the critically hailed First Coast News documentary special on Jacksonville's "Great Fire of 1901".

Prior to arriving at First Coast News (then known as 12 News) in 1993, Phil worked as the main anchor at KBCI-TV in Boise, Idaho. He started his TV career in Billings, Montana in 1987 as an anchor/reporter. Phil was born in San Francisco and went to high school and college in Tacoma, Washington. Phil is married and has two children.

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