Abby Phillip, CNN reporter and member of NLP's board

CNN’s Abby Phillip joins board of the News Literacy Project


Abby Phillip, CNN journalist and member of NLP's boardAbby Phillip, CNN senior political correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics Sunday,” is joining the board of the News Literacy Project.

“Abby brings us exceptional credentials as a journalist as well as a fresh perspective,” said Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of NLP, the nation’s leading nonpartisan education nonprofit. “With her experience, we anticipate that she will contribute valuable insights to the board. We look forward to working with her to expand our reach and impact at this crucial moment for the country’s democracy.’’

Phillip expressed a strong commitment to NLP’s work. “The mission of the News Literacy Project has always been essential to a functioning democracy, but it is needed now more than ever,” she said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of this great organization as it continues in its work of helping people navigate the modern information environment. As a journalist, I view the work of the News Literacy Project as a perfect complement to what we do every day to bring facts and the truth to the American people and our viewers and readers around the world.”

Greg McCaffery, the chair of NLP’s board, welcomed her to the organization. “Abby Phillip’s commitment to NLP’s goals and mission is clear. We are thrilled to have her join the board.”

Phillip established her initial connection to NLP in 2016 when she was a reporter at The Washington Post. She participated in a “virtual visit” event along with Matea Gold, who is now the Post’s national political enterprise and investigations editor and a member of NLP’s National Leadership Council.

Deep experience covering politics, other major stories

Based in D.C., she left the Post for CNN in 2017 to cover the Trump administration and served as White House correspondent through 2019. In January 2020, she moderated the CNN Democratic presidential debate in Iowa. She also anchored special coverage of “Election Night in America” for the 2020 election — coverage that lasted for several days until CNN was the first news outlet to project Joe Biden as the winner.

While at the Post, Phillip was a national political reporter. She covered the White House and wrote about a wide range of subjects related to the Trump administration. As a campaign reporter during the 2016 election, she covered Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and was also a general assignment reporter, covering domestic and international news — including the mass shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, and San Bernardino, California.

Before joining the paper, Phillip was a digital reporter for politics at ABC News. She also covered the Obama White House for POLITICO as well as campaign finance and lobbying.

A graduate of Harvard University, Phillip is working on her first book, THE DREAM DEFERRED: Jesse Jackson, Black Political Power, and the Year that Changed America, which will be released in 2022. It will be the first major contemporary book on the life and political legacy of Jackson, focusing on his groundbreaking run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988.

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