Phillip Martin is Senior Investigative Reporter for WGBH News and a contributing reporter to PRI’s The World, a co-production of WGBH, the BBC and PRI; a program, which he helped develop as a senior producer in 1995.
Phillip is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists 2017 Sigma Delta Chi award for Best Investigative Reporting and the 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Investigative Reporting(large-market radio ). He also was honored with 2013 New York Festivals and United Nations UNDPI Gold Awards. He was part of a team of reporters that was honored in 2002 with a George Foster Peabody Award to NPR for coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the US. He has received numerous other journalism and civic engagement honors over the course of his career.
Since joining WGBH in the spring of 2010, Phillip has reported on human trafficking, politics and race, the Boston Marathon bombing, gangs, terrorism, Whitey Bulger, carbon offset schemes, police shootings, training and race, the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements, and the fishing industry in New England, among other topics.
On WGBH-TV, he is a regular panelist for Basic Black and hosted PBS’s World Compass 2012 presidential primary coverage.
Phillip worked as a supervising senior editor for NPR West and was NPR’s first national race-relations correspondent from 1998 to 2001. He was the executive producer for Lifted Veils Productions, a nonprofit public radio journalism project “dedicated to exploring issues that divide and unite society”. His Color Initiative an occasional series of reports about the global impact of skin color aired on The World from 2007 to 2010.
Phillip is a Senior Fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. He was aHarvard University Nieman Fellow from 1997 to 1998 and a 1997 U.S. Japan Media Fellow. He earned a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and studied international protection of human rights law at Harvard Law School as well as journalism at the University of California at Berkeley in the Program for Minority Journalists.
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