Photo by Natalja Kent.

Photo by Natalja Kent.

About Phil.

Phil is a freelance journalist based in his hometown: Providence, Rhode Island.

He was the news editor and staff writer at the alt-weekly, the Providence Phoenix, until the paper closed in 2014. Since then, he's contributed to VICE, the Atlantic, Men’s Health, Salon, Boston Magazine, Huffington Post, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Rhode Island Monthly, among other outlets.

He teaches part-time in the Literary Arts + Studies department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His classes include "Journalism in the 21st Century," "'I Am Providence': The Words and Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft," "True Crime," and "Introduction to Nonfiction Workshop." In recent years, he has also taught courses at UMass-Dartmouth and Brown University.

Since 2009, Phil has been working on a book about Dr. Paul Volkman, one of his father's med school classmates who is serving four consecutive life terms in federal prison for prescription drug dealing. As part of his reporting, he filed a successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit - with help from the Rhode Island ACLU and two pro-bono attorneys - against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over unreleased evidence presented during Volkman's trial.