A native Long Islander, Angus Phillips was raised in the small town of Roslyn. The son of a newspaper editor and an English teacher, Phillips was drawn to writing and editing.
After graduating from Boston University with a degree in English, Phillips decided to enter into the family profession of journalism, after his brother had become an editor for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.
Phillips first job was at small paper in Worcester, Mass., where his affinity for the English language and editing skills helped him climb the ranks, before deciding to head to a bigger market.
Deciding between Montreal and Washington, D.C., Phillips chose the latter, starting at the National copy desk of the now-defunct Washington Star. After being promoted and gaining more responsibilities in the fast-paced world of political reporting in Washington, Phillips decided to quit his job, start a band and get away from the typewriter.
Soon after, however, Phillips was struggling to pay the bills and decided to return to his craft, getting a job as a part-time copy editor at the Washington Post. While working on the desk Phillips found his love for sports journalism.
Eventually, Phillips was given the outdoor sports beat by sports editor George Solomon in 1975, starting what would be a 35-year journey for Phillips.
During his time as the outdoors reporter, Phillips covered topics such as hunting, fishing and boating, as well as yacht racing, in the Washington-Maryland-Virginia area.
However, Phillips’ stories covered more than just the average mountain weekend. From taking President George H.W. Bush out for a day of fishing on the Potomac to sailing off the coast of New Zealand in the Americas Cup, a sailing competition started in 1851, Phillips provided a unique prospective in the world of sports journalism.
Since retiring from the Washington Post in 2010, Phillips has written for several yachting publications. He currently resides in Annapolis, Md.