Phillip grew up in Bowie, Maryland and graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a degree in government. At Harvard, Phillip wrote for the Harvard Crimson. She lived in Washington D.C. with her fiancé Marcus Richardson before they married in May 2018.
Phillip joined CNN in 2016 and covers the Trump Administration. Before CNN she worked at the Washington Post where her roles included national political reporting and general assignments. She also worked at ABC News, where she was an ABC News Fellow as well as a digital reporter in New York City. Phillip began her journalism career as a White House reporter and blogger for POLITICO covering campaign finance issues and lobbying. She appears occasionally on Washington Week with Robert Costa, on PBS.
The New York Times featured her in an article on "millennial reporters".
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- "Abby Phillip Joins CNN White House Team". www.adweek.com.
- "Abby D. Phillip - Writer Profile - The Harvard Crimson". www.thecrimson.com.
- "Abby Phillips transitions from CNN analyst to CNN correspondent". 11 October 2017.
- "Abby Phillip". 12 May 2016.
- "Happy and fulfilled, Abby Phillip found her calling". rollingout.com.
- PBS profile for Abby Phillip
- Pappu, Sridhar (2016-03-05). "Millennial Reporters Grab the Campaign-Trail Spotlight". The New York Times.
- Q&A with Phillip, Washington Post (video)