Biography

Company president Philip A. “Phil” Kent is a former president of Southeastern Legal Foundation, an Atlanta-based public interest law firm and policy center. As an author, columnist and media commentator, Phil occasionally appears on Fox News Network, CNN, MSNBC, and syndicated talk radio programs across the nation. He is also a panelist on Atlanta Fox 5 WAGA-TV’s “The Georgia Gang.”

A veteran award-winning journalist, Phil was an editorial writer, editorial page editor, and political columnist for The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle for 25 years. He was also a co-founder and chairman of the board of advisors from 1997-2000 of the Washington, DC-based Editorial Information Network, and is a former member of the Georgia Press Association. In 1981-82, Phil served in Washington, D.C., as press secretary and public affairs advisor to the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).

A native of Auburn, N.Y., Phil is a 1973 graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He was a member of the Young Americans for Freedom in college and served as Georgia’s state YAF chairman. Phil was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, military police, and served on active duty at Fort Gordon, Ga.