Phil Amato

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Phil Amato
Born San Francisco, California
Status Married
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Morning Anchor (with Joy Purdy) and Evening Anchor (with Donna Deegan) for WTLV/WJXX
Family Yes

Phil Amato anchors Action News Jax This Morning from 5-9am every weekday on WFOX-30 and from 5-7am on WJAX-47 in Jacksonville, Florida. He also anchors Action News Jax at Noon on WJAX-47. Phil is a former weekday anchor on First Coast News at WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida. Amato co-anchored Good Morning Jacksonville Sunrise and Good Morning Jacksonville, the weekday broadcasts from 5 to 7 a.m., with Joy Purdy.[1] Amato also co-anchored the weeknight 5:30 newscast of First Coast News with Donna Deegan.[2]

He was responsible for the local business reports on First Coast News. Phil was also responsible for the critically hailed First Coast News documentary special on Jacksonville’s "Great Fire of 1901".[2]

Amato worked as the main anchor at KBCI-TV (now KBOI-TV) in Boise, Idaho prior to arriving at First Coast News in 1993. He started his TV career in Billings, Montana in 1987 as an anchor/reporter. He was born in San Francisco and went to high school and college in Tacoma.[2]

Phil resigned from First Coast News on Monday, July 28, 2014.[3]

Amato is married and has two children.


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  2. ^ a b c "First Coast News Phil Amato Bio". First Coast News. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
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