Kyra Phillips is an award-winning correspondent for the CNN investigative and documentary units, based at the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta.
Phillips joined CNN in 1999 and moved to HLN in 2012 to anchor Raising America with Kyra Phillips, a daily interactive, investigative program that focused on news impacting the modern American family.
Phillips has traveled the world to cover and investigate a wide range of breaking news, including four tours reporting in Iraq, first as an embedded journalist aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, then covering the war, and its affect the Iraqi people. Her stories included the Baghdad School for the Blind, substance abuse within the Iraqi military, and an exclusive look inside Saddam Hussein’s cell and his personal diary. Phillips’ war coverage secured her the Atlanta Press Club’s National Reporter of the Year for 2007.
Phillips has won two Peabody awards, six Emmy awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting. Additionally, she has won numerous Golden Microphones and other honors. Phillips’ investigation into how a convicted murderer could purchase personal information about children, triggered national legislation and earned her the Bill Stout Memorial Award for enterprise reporting.
Since 1992, Phillips has been a Big Sister with national Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America mentoring program. She participates on the board of The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, The Fisher House Foundation, and serves on the Honorary Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. She received the National Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award in 2013 and is now a Global Ambassador. Phillips is also the co-author of “The Whole Life Fertility Plan” published in 2015.
Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She is married to fellow journalist John Roberts and are proud parents of twins.