Phillips got his first break in radio when station WSPY-FM, Plano Illinois went on the air in 1974. He and his classmates produced a weekly high school radio hour for Plano (IL) High School.
In 1976 Phillips began work at WSIE-FM, Edwardsville while attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He performed his radio internship at the Capital Information Bureau, covering politics from the press room of the Illinois State Capitol. He finished college in December, 1979.
He was hired as a full-time reporter two weeks later at WTAX/WDBR-FM, Springfield Illinois. There he learned and honed his experience covering courts and learning the beginning steps of investigative reporting, exposing waste in local politics and tracking down a conman who bilked the city.
In 1984, Phillips was hired to anchor and cover courts at WJBC/WBNQ Bloomington Illinois. In 1987, Phillips became the youngest member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association to be elected President.
In February 1988, Phillips switched to television and was hired as a reporter for WMBD Television. He learned to use the television camera to expose waste and corruption in politics and government. Travels took him to Ecuador and Saudi Arabia.
In October 1992, the Phillips family left the friendly landscape of Illinois for the desert of Nevada as Phillips began work for KTNV Television.
Though it was a fascinating job, the tutorial in reporting on the gaming industry led Phillips to KTVI Television St. Louis where he reported on the new industry of riverboat gambling.
In 1996, Phillips got a call from KXAS Dallas where he was hired full time as an investigative reporter. During his two years with the station, Phillips broke stories on government waste, fraud and a huge underground fuel leak at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
In 1998, Phillips joined the syndicated show The News of Texas, a network newscast that covered stories of Texas interest for a nightly newscast.
Then in 2001, he joined the staff at KRLD, where he has covered hurricanes, executions, the shuttle explosion and a myriad of stories.
Phillips has been married to his wife, Cathy, since 1981. They are the proud parents of three grown children, Ben (married to Mary-Helen), Matt and Kimberly.
Phillips is the winner of 45 broadcast awards, including Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting, spot news coverage and newsroom excellence.
A huge drug-conspiracy indictment was unsealed in Dallas charging 46 people with heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine distribution.
An employee at the Collin County District Clerk’s office accidentally sent a secret document listing members of a grand jury to 93 e-mail recipients.
He wasn’t a well known name, but Christian Campbell has suddenly become important to federal prosecutors who are going after Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.
Brian Wilson spoke with the ultimate Beach Boys fan in the KRLD newsroom, LP Phillips, about the new movie chronicling his life, “Love and Mercy.”
The family of the child says they feel justice has been served with the 45-year sentence.
One of the bikers arrested last month in Waco is scoffing at the police chief’s contention that he had reason to jail 177 bikers on a $1 million bond.
A family attorney for a couple found dead in Frisco last September is calling for the release of a controversial note that could shed light on the incident.
A federal judge has sentenced a Plano man to 20-years in prison for trying to blow up a gas main with a homemade bomb three years ago.
Police are searching for a 22-year-old Dallas resident believed responsible for shooting and killing a man on May 21 in Garland.
Chances are you have no idea where the name Arlington came from. KRLD’s L.P. Phillips has a story of the Civil War, debauchery, the Royal family and the city of Arlington.
One man was killed and two women injured in a house fire in the 500 block of Rocky Springs Drive in McKinney on Thursday afternoon.
A guilty verdict has been reached in a Tarrant County capital murder trial against a 22-year old man in connection with a February 2014 murder.