Birthdate: March 12, 1953
Birth Place: Fresno, CA, United States
Residence: Bakersfield, CA
Religion: Orthodox Christian
Terry Phillips was born in Fresno, Calif., and grew up in the Bay Area. He has made his home in Bakersfield since 2004. He earned a bachelor's from Santa Clara University in 1975 and attended but did not graduate from McGeorge Law School in Sacramento.
Phillips began his broadcast career covering the high tech industry. As a CBS network news correspondent, he reported major events throughout the world, from the collapse of the Soviet Union to armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti and Iraq. His work has earned him numerous awards including two Emmy nominations.
Phillips was a senior executive for Omnipoint, a pioneer wireless telecommunications service provider, and is currently the sole proprietor of a media consulting company.
From 2005 to 2011, he hosted the popular "Quality of Life" current affairs program on Valley Public Radio.
Phillips is the author of a historical novel, "Murder at the Altar," and "Off the Air: Thoughts About Our Quality of Life," a compilation of his radio commentaries.
He is unmarried and has no children.
Terry Phillips says he wants to preserve Medicare, establish a hi-tech and agricultural enterprise zone in California's 23rd Congressional District. He is in favor of bringing high-speed rail to the state and reforming campaign financing laws.
He supports immigration reform that would make it easier for immigrants to obtain citizenship, and he advocates for a better water policy for California.
Phillips has been a registered independent since 2004; prior to that he was a registered Democrat.
Source: Associated Press