Mark Phillips is the CBS News Senior Foreign Correspondent and has been based in the London bureau since 1993. He has covered every major international story of the past thirty-five years, including conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He has also covered and a range of other social, economic and environmental issues. He has also regularly reported on international sporting events, including nine Olympic Games.
His work has been recognized over the years through multiple Emmys and many other awards, including an Edward R Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association and a citation from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his work on climate change.
Before his London posting, Phillips had been based in the CBS News Washington Bureau (1988-1993), where he covered politics, the State Department, transportation safety and consumer affairs issues.
Prior to his Washington assignment, Phillips was based in CBS News Rome bureau (1986-1988), where he reported on the Vatican and Pope John Paul II along with the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and many other stories in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
He was assigned to the CBS News Moscow bureau from 1984-1986, from where he covered three Soviet leaders – Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Phillips was hired by CBS News in 1982 as a reporter based in London. Among many international assignments, he was the first non-British correspondent to report from the Falkland Islands during Britain's conflict with Argentina.
Prior to joining CBS News, Phillips was the London based foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Before that, he was the CBC's Parliament correspondent, based in Ottawa.
Phillips was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a graduate of McGill University (1970) with a degree in social sciences and humanities. He did graduate work at the Boston University School of Public Communications (1970-1971). Phillips is married and has four children.