About Philip D. Gibbons

Philip D. Gibbons’ journalism has appeared in such national publications as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smoke Magazine, France Today and Fair.Org’s Extra!  He is a past winner of the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference Screenwriting Competition and was a quarter finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship Awards.  This podcast was produced in conjunction with the Woodbury University M. A. program in “Media For Social Justice.”

In 2000, he appeared on the television show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and won $500,000.  The question he answered to win this amount concerned Russian History.  You can see his appearance here:

Phil Gibbons, Fastest Finger, Millionaire Program

Phil Gibbons, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Pt.1

Phil Gibbons, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Pt. 2

Phil Gibbons, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Pt.3

Before becoming a documentarian and free-lance journalist, Gibbons enjoyed a successful career as a business development executive.  He also worked for ten years as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School System and graduated from Brown University with a degree in European History.

Here are some examples of Phil’s journalism ranging from internet content to traditional published journalism:

Ranker.com content

Strange Things You Didn’t Know About the Wizard of Oz

Persistent Nazi Mysteries

Facts About the Tragic Life of Edgar Allan Poe

Print Journalism

Fair.org Article About Truman Capote

Article About Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his last days.

Rommel

Rommel 2 copy

Rommel 3 copy

Text of Rommel Article:

IN SEARCH OF THE DESERT FOX TEXT

PHOTOS TAKEN WHILE RESEARCHING TRUMAN CAPOTE’S “IN COLD BLOOD.”

Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, mugshots taken from Finney County, Kansas Archive
Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, mugshots taken from Finney County, Kansas Archive

Photo taken at Finney County, Kansas Sheriff’s department.

Stolen license plate that alerted Las Vegas police to pull over and arrest Hickock and Smith. They had just picked up incriminating evidence from a post office 15 minutes earlier.
Stolen license plate that alerted Las Vegas police to pull over and arrest Hickock and Smith. They had just picked up incriminating evidence from a post office 15 minutes earlier.

License Plate on permanent display, Finney County Sheriff’s department.

Boot and photo of bootprint that helped convict Perry Smith and Dick Hickock.
Boot and photo of bootprint that helped convict Perry Smith and Dick Hickock.

Boot and photo on display, Finney County

Gravestone of Dick Hickock, Mt. Muncie Cemetery, Lansing, KS. The original, purchased by Capote, was stolen and is now archived in the Kansas Museum of History.
Gravestone of Dick Hickock, Mt. Muncie Cemetery, Lansing, KS. The original, purchased by Capote, was stolen and is now archived in the Kansas Museum of History.
Gravestone of Perry Smith buried next to Dick Hickock, Mt. Muncie Cemetery. The marker was also stolen and was returned to the Kansas Museum of History.
Gravestone of Perry Smith buried next to Dick Hickock, Mt. Muncie Cemetery. The marker was also stolen and was returned to the Kansas Museum of History.

At the request of friends and relatives of the Clutter family, the gravestones of Hickock and Smith are not on public display in the KMH.  The originals were turned in ten years after they were stolen in 1980.  All photos by Philip D. Gibbons.

In 2013, Mr Gibbons released the documentary, “The Devil and the Death Penalty.”, which chronicles the dysfunction within the California capital punishment system by revisiting the case of Lawrence Bittaker, a convicted serial child killer and rapist who has been on death row at San Quentin since 1981.  More information about this film can be found here:

The Devil and the Death Penalty

“The Devil and the Death Penalty” received a Silver Ace Award from the 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival and was the winner of the 2013 San Francisco United Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature award.

National Lampoon Radio Clip Which Ran in Circulation on XM Radio

“Donald Rumsfeld’s Greatest Hits”

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