Abby Phillip

Abigail Daniella Phillip[2] (born November 25, 1988) is an American journalist who works as a political correspondent and weekend anchor for CNN. She previously worked for the Washington Post, ABC News, and Politico.

Abigail Phillip
Born (1988-11-25) November 25, 1988 (age 33)[1]
Virginia, U.S.
EducationBowie High School, Bowie, Maryland
Alma materHarvard University (BA)
The Washington Post
Marcus Richardson
(m. 2018)

Early life and educationEdit

Phillip, born 1988, is of Afro-Trinidadian descent.[3] She was born in Virginia to June Phillip, now a realtor, and Carlos Phillip, a teacher and later an educational psychologist. She has five siblings.

When she was a child, the family briefly moved back to Trinidad and Tobago and returned to the U.S. when she was nine years old.[4] Phillip grew up in Bowie, Maryland, and attended Bowie High School.[5][6] In 2010, she graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in government,[7] after originally intending to study premed.[8] At Harvard, Phillip wrote for The Harvard Crimson.[9]


Phillip joined CNN in 2017 and covered the Trump Administration.[8][10][11] Before CNN, she worked at The Washington Post, where her roles included national political reporting and general assignments.[3][12] She also worked at ABC News, where she was an ABC News Fellow and digital reporter in New York City, and has appeared as a guest on C-SPAN multiple times.[13] Phillip began her journalism career as a White House reporter and blogger for Politico, covering campaign finance issues and lobbying.[14][15] She appears occasionally on Washington Week with Robert Costa on PBS.[16]

Phillip co-moderated the seventh Democratic debate of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries at Drake University on January 14, 2020.[17][18][19] She was criticized for what some people said was unfair treatment of Bernie Sanders in moderating the debate.[20][21][22]

In 2020, she landed a deal with Flatiron Books for The Dream Deferred, a book she is writing about Reverend Jesse Jackson’s run to become the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee.[23][24] The release date has been announced for 2022.[25]

On January 11, 2021, Phillip was announced as the new anchor, starting January 24, of the weekend edition of Inside Politics, replacing John King on the Sunday morning version of the political talk show. (John King continues to host on weekdays.) The weekend show is called Inside Politics Sunday With Abby Phillip.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Phillip lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Marcus Richardson. Phillip and Richardson were married at the Larz Anderson House in May 2018.[2] The couple announced they were expecting their first child in 2021.[27] She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "32 • What a year this has been!!". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Abigail Phillip, Marcus Richardson". The New York Times. May 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "CNN Profiles - Abby Phillip - White House Correspondent - CNN". CNN.
  4. ^ Rosman, Katherine (November 13, 2020). "Abby Phillip Is Next-Gen CNN". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Wonderful News from a Bowie Alum". Bowie Bulldog Athletics. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Scholars of the Week 2005-2006". Scholars of the Week 2005-2006. Prince Georges County Public Schools. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Ariens, Chris (October 10, 2017). "Abby Phillip Joins CNN White House Team". (subscription required).
  8. ^ a b Montgomery, Mimi (February 8, 2021). "Where Does Abby Phillip Go From Here?". Washingtonian. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021.
  9. ^ "Abby D. Phillip - Writer Profile - The Harvard Crimson".
  10. ^ "CNN Profiles - Abby Phillip - White House Correspondent". CNN. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Abigail Phillip, Marcus Richardson". The New York Times. May 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Abby Phillips transitions from CNN analyst to CNN correspondent". October 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "Abby Phillip -".
  14. ^ "Abby Phillip". May 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Happy and fulfilled, Abby Phillip found her calling".
  16. ^ PBS profile for Abby Phillip
  17. ^ Glueck, Katie; Epstein, Reid J. (January 15, 2020). "Live Updates Ahead of Tonight's Democratic Debate". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  18. ^ Zhou, Li (January 13, 2020). "Journalists from CNN and the Des Moines Register will moderate the January debate". Vox. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  19. ^ Tracy, Marc (January 13, 2020). "The Iowa Reporter in the Middle of the 2020 Action". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  20. ^ "CNN moderator criticized for question to Sanders". The Hill. January 13, 2020.
  21. ^ Taibbi, Matt (January 15, 2020). "CNN's Debate Performance Was Villainous and Shameful". Rolling Stone.
  22. ^ "Trump accuser's media blitz". Fox News. January 19, 2020.
  23. ^ "Remembering Feminist Press founder Florence Howe; Abby Phillip sells book on Jesse Jackson's presidential run". Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  24. ^ Deahl, Rachel (September 11, 2020). "Book Deals: Week of September 14, 2020". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  25. ^ "Living the Dream: Abby Phillip". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  26. ^ Curto, Justin (January 11, 2021). "CNN's Abby Phillip Is Getting Her Own Show". Vulture. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  27. ^ "CNN's Abby Phillip Is Pregnant, Expecting First Baby with Husband Marcus Richardson". March 22, 2021. Archived from the original on March 22, 2021.

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