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Kyra Phillips Introduction
Kyra Phillips is a CNN news anchor who joined the network in 1999.
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During her early years at CNN, Phillips was granted access to U.S. Navy airwing CVW-9 in 2001 as they prepared for the war in Afghanistan. In January 2002, Phillips spent about a month in Antarctica to work on a television documentary to be featured on the program CNN Presents. Later in 2002, Phillips produced reports focusing on the U.S. Navy’s reconnaissance missions from the USS Paul Hamilton, the Navy’s Special Operations Command, the Navy SEALs, and Special Warfare Combatant Crewman training, riding in an F-14 Tomcat during an air-to-air combat mission over the Persian Gulf. She has also participated in the Navy’s TOPGUN school, SWAT training, and other police and weapons training. In 2003, she was an embedded journalist during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where she reported from the USS Abraham Lincoln. On September 22, 2006, Phillips was the last journalist to fly in an F-14 Tomcat before its official retirement from service in the U.S. Navy. Phillips co-anchored CNN Radio's November 4, 2008 election coverage with Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins.
Kyra Phillips The "Open Mic" Incident
On August 29, 2006, during a CNN broadcast of President George W. Bush's speech on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall, Phillips' microphone was left on while she was in the bathroom. About 90 seconds of her conversation with a co-worker was broadcast on the air, right over the President's speech. Among other things, Kyra complained about her "control freak" sister-in-law. No word on how Thanksgiving dinner went at the Phillips house that year. A few days later, Kyra appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to offer her Top Ten Excuses for the incident. Among them: Still haven't mastered complicated "on/off" switch.