Phil started his journalism career in 1967 as a copy boy with The Cleveland Press while attending Cleveland State University. He has been a reporter and columnist at The Times since 1984, winning multiple awards in both categories.
He currently covers Valparaiso, Kouts and Hebron in addition to writing a weekly column dealing mostly with politics in Porter County.
In his spare time he enjoys playing softball, and he has written two books, one of which is in the hands of a publisher. He and his wife Mary have a son and two grandchildren.
Governments always needs more money, and legislators stay up nights thinking of ways to make us pay more even if it means we're paying for doi…
This supposedly is the age of mass communication, but there are 10 billion channels and nothing on in some people's brains.
For more than three years Tom Clark has waited for a call from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency telling him to bring his batch of bugs…
It's a wonder anyone runs for office anymore.
When a Purdue assistant prof compares the Asian carp invasion to Jurassic Park and says, "Frankly, they scare me," that tells me we either hav…
The announcement that Valpo is close to inking a deal with a company that plans to invest more than $200 million to locate in the city has rai…
Has anyone else noticed a bumper crop of spiders in their yard this year?
Abe Lincoln, the inventor of the penny, allegedly said, "You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the t…
Apparently it's OK to breathe again in Northwest Indiana. But don't make a habit of it.
It's encouraging to know our state government will spend tax dollars to defend our freedom of religion, as long as it is the "right" religion.…
The almost three decades in Congress obviously are beginning to take a heavy mental toll on Pete Visclosky based on his comments this week.
I feel sorry for MSD of Boone Township Schools Superintendent George Letz.
The recent discovery of a mammoth in such good condition that its blood was still in a liquid state raises the question of whether a prehistor…
The United Nations says one solution to world hunger is: Eat more bugs.
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