John Phillips worked as a foreign correspondent for The Times of London based in Paris, Rome and the Balkans from 1990 to 2005 working in the Mediterranean and Near East.
He was a staff correspondent for United Press International (UPI) for eight years and also worked for the BBC External Services as a talks writer in London. He was part of the team at the UPI bureau in Beirut which received an Overseas Press Club prize for coverage of the TWA hijacking in Lebanon.
He is currently a correspondent for the Independent on Sunday and the Washington Times in Rome and editor-in-chief of the Italian Insider, Italy's first English-language newspaper, www.Italianinsider.it.
John Phillips received the Calabria International journalism prize for his book on Macedonia and the Rocca D'Oro international journalism prize for his book on Algeria co-authored with Martin Evans.
Phillips was educated at King's College School, Wimbledon, and read Modern History and Economics at University College, Oxford.