Correspondent | New York
Phillip Mena is an ABC News correspondent based in New York. A graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Phillip began his career in his hometown of El Paso, TX, as a multi-media journalist. He quickly moved up the ranks to anchor, reporting from across the region on the drug cartel war in Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the trial of CIA-trained Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles.
Before coming to ABC News Phillip was with Houston’s KPRC, where had been a weekend anchor and reporter since 2012. While in Houston, Phillip reported live from the aftermath of the West Texas explosion, and covered US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s memorial service from the Cowboy’s Stadium and Adrian Peterson’s child abuse scandal.
When he’s not at work, Phillip is a fanatical sports fan with a near-photographic memory for stats and a passion for collecting sports memorabilia from his favorite team, the University of Texas at El Paso Miners. In the last few years, Phillip has developed a keen interest in astronomy and NASA, even joining the Houston Astronomical Society. These days he is also busy parenting his 12-week-old golden retriever puppy, Toby.