Phil Cross is an Emmy-award winning investigative reporter. His work has been recognized with numerous honors including a regional Emmy award, multiple first place awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.
Phil was born and raised in Southwest Missouri, but now calls Oklahoma home. He joined the Fox 25/KOKH-TV after working at stations in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
While in Oklahoma Phil has earned his Master of Science Degree in Criminology from Oklahoma City University; he will graduate with high honors. Prior to this degree, Phil graduated summa cum laude from Missouri Southern State University with a degree in communications and minor in psychology. He also studied at the University of Cambridge in England.
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
Phil’s first experience with investigative journalism was for his high school paper, which won him a visit from the high school principal. The experience only fed his passion to find the facts and tell the stories not everyone wants told.
“I don’t think a tough question is disrespectful.”
– Helen Thomas
In 2014, an investigation into potential deadly contamination of a rural community’s water supply earned Phil his first Emmy nomination. His half-hour special report was also honored by the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association.
In 2016, Phil wrote, produced and edited a half-hour investigative special on Oklahoma’s controversial civil asset forfeiture laws. This special reported won a Heartland Regional Emmy award in Politics and Government Program.
Phil has won multiple awards for his reporting, writing and editing. The Oklahoma Associated Press has named his investigative pieces the best in the state multiple times and his investigations have led to criminal investigations and changes to policy in local and state agencies.
His greatest honor was being named the 2017 Journalist of the Year by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association. The OPEA honored Phil with this award for his years of reporting on state agencies and government corruption. For Phil, this award represents why he got into journalism; to help people.
“Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it.”
– Horace Greeley
When he’s not in the newsroom, you’ll find Phil at home in his new home state. Phil met his wife at Fox 25, the two now live in Edmond with their daughters. The Cross family enjoys life in Oklahoma and you’ll often find them at many of the metro’s family-friendly events.