In 2009, Phillips received the Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications. Dallas Smythe is a national award given to researchers and activists who, through their research and/or production work, have made significant contributions to the study and practice of democratic communication.
Phillips writes op-ed pieces for independent media nationwide having published in dozens of publications, newspapers and websites including: Common Dreams, Buzzflash, Dissident Voice, Global Research, and Minute Man Media. He frequently speaks on media censorship and various socio-political issues on radio and TV talks shows including Talk of the Nation, Air America, Talk America, World Radio Network, and Flashpoints.
Phillips has completed several investigative research studies that are available at Projectcensored.org including: The Global Dominance Group: 9/11 Pre-Warnings & Election Irregularities in Context, A Study of Bias in the Associated Press, Practices in Health Care and Disability insurance: Deny Delay Diminish and Blame, US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights, Building a Public Ivy: Diversity at Three California State Universities, and The Left Progressive Media Inside the Propaganda Model.
Phillips earned a B.A. degree in Social Science in 1970 from Santa Clara University, and an M.A. degree in Social Science from California State University at Sacramento in 1974. He earned a second M.A. in Sociology in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1994. His doctoral dissertation was entitled A Relative Advantage: Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club http://libweb.sonoma.edu/regional/faculty/Phillips/bohemianindex.htm
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