John Phillip Santos

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John Phillip Santos at the 2010 Texas Book Festival.

John Phillip Santos (born 1957) is a freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist, author and in 1979 became the first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Santos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.[4] In 1997, Santos joined the Ford Foundation as an officer in the Media, Arts and Culture Program.[1][2]

He lived in New York City for twenty years, returning to San Antonio in May 2005.[2]


His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Antonio Express-News, and the New York Times.[2] As an executive producer, he has over forty broadcast documentaries on culture, religion, politics and spirituality for CBS News and PBS, some of which have been nominated for Emmys.[2] As a director he has been involved in program development for Thirteen/WNET in New York City.[2]

Santos was an Emmy nominee in 1988 for From the AIDS Experience: Part I, Our Spirits to Heal/ Part II, Our Humanity to Heal, and in 1985 for Exiles Who Never Leave Home.[5] He has an MA English Literature and Language from St. Catherine's College at Oxford University and a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Notre Dame.[1][5]

Between August 7 and August 18, 2006, Texas Public Radio (KSTX 89.1 FM) broadcast Santos reading from his family memoir Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation.[6]


He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for fiction,[1][4] and the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.[2] His family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation was a finalist for the National Book Award.[1][7] He was also a past member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.[8][9]


  • The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire
  • Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation
  • Songs Older Than Any Known Singer: Selected and New Poems, 1974–2006, with Arturo Madrid

Further reading[edit]

  • Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring John Phillips Santos. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson (Trinity University Press, 2008).


  1. ^ a b c d e Wing Press (accessed April 29, 2009)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g University of Texas (accessed April 29, 2009)
  3. ^ Hakim, page 251
  4. ^ a b Penguin bio (accessed April 29, 2009)
  5. ^ a b Watson Institute (accessed April 30, 2009
  6. ^ Texas Public Radio (accessed April 30, 2009)
  7. ^ NYTimes; Book Award Finalists Announced (accessed April 30, 2009)
  8. ^ Us Department of Education Archive (accessed April 30, 2009)
  9. ^ Creating the will, page 63


  • Hakim, Joy (2003). A History of the U. S.: All the People, 1945-2001 (3 ed.). Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-515338-3. 
  • Creating the will a report to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Education, and the nation. DIANE Publishing. ISBN 1-4289-2609-7. 
  • John Phillip Santos Papers at the University of Texas at San Antonio Archives and Special Collections: [1]

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