About Phil @PHirschkorn
Phil Hirschkorn is a New York-based journalist with more than 20 years of experience producing video reports for national news networks and writing for their websites, with a special emphasis covering terrorism, politics, and the arts. Prior to PBS, Hirschkorn worked for CBS News, CNN, and Fox News. His articles have appeared in Salon, Huffington Post, Just Security, Atlantic.com, Politico, Rolling Stone, George, WhoWhatWhy, and other publications. Hirschkorn was an editor of and contributor to the 2002 book Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, an oral history of 9/11 told by 130 radio and television journalists. He is graduate of Duke University.
Phil’s Recent Stories
Arts Dec 02This duo plays rock ‘n’ roll using only two cellos
Two musicians are using the cello to play contemporary rock music, drawing millions of YouTube views and filling concert halls. Stjepan Hauser, from Croatia, and Luka Sulić, from Slovenia, are both classically trained and form the band 2Cellos, which has…
Nation Nov 28Suspect in New York truck attack pleads not guilty to murder and terrorism charges
Sayfullo Saipov wore a blue jail uniform, listened to the proceedings through an Uzbek translator, and said only one word -- “yes” -- when the judge asked if he understood the charges against him.
Arts Nov 26New biography reveals Joni Mitchell’s feelings on her career
Joni Mitchell is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters in modern times. Her seminal albums, from the late 1960s through the early 2000s, sold millions of copies and influenced generations of artists. Now, a new biography, "Reckless Daughter: A Portrait…
Arts Nov 15Rare da Vinci painting sells for $450 million, smashing auction record
"Salvator Mundi," which depicts Jesus Christ holding a glass orb and giving a benediction, is one of only 16 da Vinci paintings known to exist.
Arts Nov 11This da Vinci painting could fetch more than $100 million at auction
It’s the first Leonardo da Vinci painting to be sold at a public auction and is expected to fetch over $100 million. The nearly 500-year-old portrait of Jesus Christ named “Salvator Mundi,” or “Savior of the World,” is up for…
Nation Nov 01WATCH: Federal prosecutors announce terrorism charges against NYC truck attack suspect
The suspect in Tuesday's fatal truck attack in New York City faces two counts of federal terrorism charges, prosecutors said Wednesday night.
Nation Nov 01What we know — and what we don’t — about the New York City truck attack
Saipov "did this in the name of ISIS," police told reporters on Wednesday. The suspect had been planning the attack for weeks, police said, adding they discovered a note inside the truck, handwritten in Arabic.
Nation Mar 12Most convicted terrorists are U.S. citizens. Why does the White House say otherwise?
A dive into the data behind terrorism convictions in the U.S. since 9/11.
World Mar 03Al-Qaida number two killed by U.S. drone strike in Syria
Abu Khayr al-Masri, a 59-year-old Egyptian and a longtime top member of al-Qaida, was killed in an American drone strike in Syria, the terrorist group confirmed on Thursday.
Nation Jun 19Led Zeppelin faces copyright case for ‘Stairway to Heaven’
This week in Los Angeles federal court, a jury began hearing evidence and testimony on whether rock band Led Zeppelin may have lifted part of their iconic song, “Stairway to Heaven.” At stake is the band’s reputation and millions of…