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Former 20/20 and 60 Minutes producer is new multimedia journalism professor
Published Sep. 07, 2010
A real-life media guru, Martin Phillips will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to his students this semester as the new assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Lynn University’s College of International Communication.
Phillips comes to Lynn following a long career working on investigative journalism and current affairs news broadcasts for NBC, CBS and ABC in New York, where he served as senior producer for 20/20, "Peter Jennings Reporting" and as John Stossel’s executive producer.
“Most of my career has been as a producer first for segments on 60 Minutes on CBS and then for the other networks,” said Phillips. “More recently I have done some freelance work for Voice of America (VOA) television and radio.”
Phillips' VOA stories have covered topics including a two-part special – ”Woodstock Celebrates 40th Anniversary” – on how the Woodstock generation has aged and changed their values. While in South Africa, he covered topics including “South Africa’s Education System Crumbling” and “HIV-AIDS, TB Rampant in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.”
“Journalism is an honorable profession,” said Phillips. “Journalists play a key role in our democracy, watching over government and business abuse and representing those who are unable to represent themselves.”
Phillips also taught journalism at Columbia University in New York and Rhodes University in South Africa prior to coming to Lynn. “I am a strong believer in learning through doing,” said Phillips when asked why he chose Lynn. “Lynn offers small very individualized classes where I felt I could tailor teaching to individual students.”