“I love my job because I get to meet new people every day and learn so much about the world we live in.”
Phil Blauer is an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 30 years of experience. Before joining Fox 5 News as Weekend anchor/reporter, Phil spent time across town at KFMB, in Los Angeles at KCBS, KCAL and KCOP and in Palm Springs at KESQ.
He has covered major national and international stories and has interviewed six U.S. Presidents. Phil has received numerous Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and San Diego Press Club honors.
Raised in Santa Ana, California, Phil started honing his journalism skills while working on student newspapers all the way through high school. He went on to study Communications at Cal State Fullerton, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.
Phil dabbled in radio by anchoring a weekly public affairs program broadcast over several Southland stations. But, there was something missing. It was the visual aspect of storytelling. He ended up getting master’s degree from USC in Broadcast News.
When he’s not chasing stories, Phil unwinds by listening to all kinds of music. He also enjoys sampling fine restaurants around San Diego County. He loves spending quality time with his wife and four children.
If I wasn’t in TV news:
I would host a radio show playing 70s, 80s and 90s songs
What is something no one knows:
I was part of a pirate radio station in high school. After my first day on-the-air, my mother told me she was also was a high school DJ. Broadcasting is in my blood.
On my days off, I can be found:
Trying to sleep in before doing something fun with my family.
My most memorable TV moment:
While covering flooding in the Tijuana River Valley, I had my life saved by swift water rescue crews, after a levee broke and nearly caused me to drown.
My favorite community contribution:
Serving those who need a hot meal during the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving Day feast.
Dinner for 5—Who’s invited?
My wife, my sister, my youngest son and my late parents. They never got to meet my wife or my youngest son. I’m sure they would have loved that and to see how their own children turned out.
If I had free time, I would:
Take a long European and Pacific Island vacation. Learn how to really play golf. Start a profitable podcast with a good friend.
My guilty pleasure is:
Watching a reality TV show after a stressful news day, while drinking a Dr. Pepper and eating a piece of chocolate.