Dom Phillips


July 6, 2022

Dominic Mark Phillips (23 July 1964, Bebington – 5 June 2022) was a British journalist. He worked writing for the Washington Post, The New York Times and Financial Times.He lived in Brazil from 2007 to 2022, when he disappeared and was killed along with indigenist Bruno Araújo Pereira, in Vale do Javari.

Childhood and education

Phillips was born on July 23, 1964, in Bebington, Cheshire. He had a sister and a brother. He attended college in Liverpool but left without a degree to travel the world, living in Israel, Greece, Denmark and Australia.


Phillips set up The Subterranean, a short-lived fanzine, with Neil Cooper in the early 1980s. In the 1990s, Phillips wrote and edited for the British magazine Mixmag, where he coined the term "progressive house". In 2009, he published Superstar DJs Here We Go!: The Rise and Fall of the Superstar DJ, an avant-garde history of 1990s club culture.Phillips has written about politics, poverty and cultural development in Brazil. He contributed to The Washington Post from 2014 to 2016, where he covered Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. He also reported on deforestation in Brazil, leading a The Guardian investigation into large-scale livestock established on deforested land. Phillips has also contributed to the Financial Times, Bloomberg News and football magazines. In June 2020, Phillips was in the Javari Valley region researching a book on sustainable development there. He had received a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to write the book and intended to finish it by the end of the year.

Personal life

Phillips married Alessandra Sampaio, a Brazilian. He lived in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.



PHILLIPS, DOM (2009). Superstar DJs here we go!: the rise and fall of the superstar DJ. London: Ebury. 384 pages. ISBN 9781407026954. OCLC 867134442

See also

Dorothy Stang


External links

Media related to Dom Phillips at Wikimedia Commons