Kyra Phillips created a school newspaper in the 4th grade, landing her first interview with Dr. Seuss. That was just the beginning. From covering war zones to the South Pole, and interviewing icons from U.S. presidents to Mother Teresa, Phillips’ journalistic journey has been nothing but awe-inspiring.
An award-winning journalist, 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 and in August 2012, she led the network’s 2012 election coverage. Phillips is now a correspondent for the CNN investigative and documentary units.
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.
Kyra started a school newspaper when she was in the fourth grade and her first interview was with Dr. Seuss. Pretty big scoop for such a young writer, so you would think finally making it to CNN was easy to achieve. Quite the opposite. Kyra’s stories of struggle, heartache and determination to make it in one of the most competitive careers will astound you. When her college commencement speaker told the class, “in this business you better have a plan B,” Kyra refused to listen. That’s probably why she can tell you about Mother Teresa, the South Pole and flying strike fighters in such intimate detail. Let Kyra share her thoughts on empowerment and inspire students and adults alike as to why you should never doubt your dreams.
Kyra got resistance, pushback and downright rejected from the “boys club” time and time again, but she refused to take no as an answer. It worked and she broke barriers. Kyra details exclusive assignments from around the world and how a unique journalist operates to get the stories you won’t see anywhere else. She was the first female journalist to fly an F-14 in a combat training mission in the Persian Gulf, all in an effort to understand how the “Shock and Awe” campaign would be carried out from the skies over Iraq. She also trained with several SWAT teams across the country so she could actually report from the “inside” when it came to stories like a high threat situation dominating the national news.
Kyra tells funny, emotional and heartwarming stories as a journalist and how IVF was able to bring her the family she always wanted. She was 40, divorced, and had no children. So what did this award winning CNN journalist do? She went to Baghdad. Thinking that covering a war would put everything in perspective, Kyra returns home to find her house has flooded, losing every earthly possession she had. What was left? A thrilling career, yes….but where was the family she always wanted? Kyra talks about her recent book, “The Whole Life Fertility Plan: Understanding What Effects Your Fertility to Help You Get Pregnant When You Want To” while weaving in her riveting assignments as an anchor and correspondent.
Dear Abby told Kyra to always remain genuine, Ed Guthman stressed ethics and Art Buchwald told her he expects to pick up a paper and read about her one day. Kyra achieved those expectations and made her mentors proud. Mentors motivated Kyra and thats inspired her to do the same. She tells stories about her personal mentors why a commitment to mentorship and advocacy is so important. She is deeply involved with inner city youth, kids with Down syndrome, children with cancer, journalism students, wounded veterans and talks about ways she has used her television platform to implement change. One of her proudest achievements was working with Perkins School for the Blind to get brand new brailers to the Baghdad School for the Blind. Allow Kyra to inspire you to expand your mentorship service.