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Julian Phillips

BA 1977, Communication, Purdue

Media Consultant, U.S. Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns; Political Analyst, Phillips Communications

As a media consultant for U.S. Congressman Ed Towns, Julian Phillips is the chief spokesperson and media/press relations consultant for the New York and Washington District offices. Through his own company, Phillips Communications, he is a political analyst and has appeared on WPIX-TV and MSNBC.

In 2009, Phillips released his first book, Discovering Your Hidden Power: Unleashing the Power of Words, which he wrote with A.R. Bernard, senior pastor of New York Christian Cultural Center. A book tour is set for fall 2010.

Prior to starting his own company and working with Congressman Towns, Phillips served as a correspondent for the A.R. Bernard show, a nationally syndicated faith-based television program. He is perhaps best remembered as the co-host of Weekend Fox and Friends, the #1 cable morning news show in America from 2002 to 2006. Before Fox and Friends, he anchored and served as general assignment reporter for Fox News Live with the 24 hour cable news network. In addition, Phillips anchored Fox News Radio updates and covered breaking news for the radio network.

During his tenure in broadcasting, Phillips served as an on-air correspondent for WPIX-TV (WB Network, currently CW) "News at Ten" in New York, and hosted their weekly community and public affairs program, "Best Talk."   As host, Phillips interviewed numerous local and state politicians, as well as other officials, eventually winning the New York State Broadcasters Award for his stellar work on the program.  While at WPIX, Phillips also co-hosted several live broadcasts including Macy's annual national telecast of the July 4th fireworks as well as the Puerto Rican Day Parade with pop music star Lisa Lisa. He also co-hosted the Hispanic Parade with film and TV actress Elizabeth Pena. Prior to WPIX-TV, Phillips served as a reporter covering breaking news, as well as manager of community relations for WNBC-TV (NBC) in New York.

Phillips began his career as a desk assistant for ABC Radio Network News. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner and eight-time nominee. He is also the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism, and a sought after motivational speaker. Some highlights include keynoting the Big Ten Diversity Conference and the Indiana Black Expo Youth Conference. Phillips even received the key to the city of Macon (Georgia) during their annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Phillips was a Purdue Old Master and received the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Julian’s past and present Board affiliations include: Board of Directors, Boys Town, New York; Purdue University's College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board; Purdue University Discovery Park External Advisory Board; and the New York Council on Adoptable Children.

Phillips is a married to jazz vocalist, Barbara King, and they live on Long Island (New York).