"I love my job because I get to meet new people everyday and I get to learn so much about the world we live in."
Phil Blauer is an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than twenty years experience. Before joining the News 8 team as a General Assignment Reporter, Phil spent 15 years as the main anchor at KESQ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs. Phil has also worked as a freelance reporter for several Los Angeles TV stations including KCBS, KCAL and KCOP.
The self-proclaimed news hound has covered major stories including the O.J. Simpson trials and has interviewed Presidents Clinton, Bush, Ford, Reagan and Carter. Locally, Phil has done extensive reports on the disappearance of Danielle van Dam and ultimately, the David Westerfield murder trial here in San Diego.
Raised in Santa Ana, California, Phil started honing his journalism skills while working on student newspapers all the way through high school. He went on to study Communications at Cal State Fullerton, where he received his bachelor's degree in Print Journalism. An internship with the Orange Coast Daily Pilot newspaper in Costa Mesa led Phil into broadcast journalism.
Phil dabbled in radio news by anchoring a weekly public affairs program broadcast over several Southland stations. But, there was something missing. It was the visual aspect of storytelling. "I went to my father and said he needed to pay for my dream of getting a master's degree from USC in broadcast news. He did and the rest is history."
In 1984, Phil took an anchor job in Palm Springs and stayed there for nearly 15 years. "I loved the desert lifestyle. The people were always friendly and it was a pleasure to deliver the news there," says Phil. But he has always wanted to work in the San Diego area, ever since falling in love with it as a young boy. "I've already seen the energy and the love people have for this area."
When he's not chasing stories, Phil unwinds by listening to music, especially smooth jazz. He also enjoys sampling fine restaurants around San Diego County.
And finally, when the day is done, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Rowena, his three teenagers, Collin, Robbie and Justine and his newest addition, Jaden, whose smile and laughter makes everyday pure joy.
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Two caregivers convicted of abusing a 23-year-old severely autistic Valley Center man under their care were each sentenced Monday to one year in jail, but will not have to spend any
Two caregivers convicted of abusing a 23-year-old severely autistic Valley Center man under their care were each sentenced Monday to one year in jail, but will not have to spend any more time behind bars due to credit for time already served.