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Phil Scoggins

When Phil was in high school, he loved listening to legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey. That experience along with taking a speech class in high school steered him toward a career in broadcasting.

Phil broke into the business right after graduating from the University of Georgia in 1974 with a B.A. degree in Journalism. He spent two years as sports director for WRFC radio, the flagship station for Georgia football and basketball.

In 1976 he joined WRBL-TV in Columbus as a sports anchor. Phil took a 16-year break from broadcasting from 1982-1998 to work in marketing and public relations at Callaway Gardens and to launch his own video production company.

In 1998 he rejoined WRBL as a news anchor where he has been ever since. Phil's broadcasting career in Columbus has spanned portions of five decades. He and his co-anchor, Teresa Whitaker, have spent more years together on the anchor desk than any other anchor team in Columbus TV history.

Phil and his wife, Judy, have raised their three children in Columbus. He is thankful all three still live in the fountain city. That means he has instant access to all eight of his grandchildren!

Phil's hometown is La Fayette, Georgia.

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  • News 3 Neighbors: WWII Veteran "Shorty" Ogburn

    News 3 Neighbors: WWII Veteran "Shorty" Ogburn

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:20:18 GMT
    Earnest "Shorty" Ogburn has been living in the same house in Cataula for 45 years. Over the weekend his home underwent extensive renovations thanks to volunteers with the Cataula VFW. Darrell Sullivan is a lifetime member of that post andwas the team captain for the renovation project. Sullivan says, "Shorty is a World War II veteran. He's been shot multiple times with small arms and with shrapnel. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war twice." The weekend rain was not a deterrent for ...
    Earnest "Shorty" Ogburn has been living in the same house in Cataula for 45 years. Over the weekend his home underwent extensive renovations thanks to volunteers with the Cataula VFW. Darrell Sullivan is a lifetime member of that post andwas the team captain for the renovation project. Sullivan says, "Shorty is a World War II veteran. He's been shot multiple times with small arms and with shrapnel. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war twice." The weekend rain was not a deterrent for ...
  • GOP candidates decided in runoff election

    GOP candidates decided in runoff election

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:45:34 GMT
    The results are in from Tuesday's GOP runoff election in Alabama. John Merrill defeated Reese McKinneyto win the GOP nomination for Secretary of State. Merrill will face Democrat Lula Albert-Kaigler in the November general election.Jim Zeigler easily defeated Dale Peterson to get theGOP nod for State Auditor. Zeigler goes up against Democrat Miranda Joseph in November. In the race for Place 2 of the Alabama Public Service Commission, Chip Beeker unseated incumbent Terry Dunn. Beeker faces noD...
    The results are in from Tuesday's GOP runoff election in Alabama. John Merrill defeated Reese McKinneyto win the GOP nomination for Secretary of State. Merrill will face Democrat Lula Albert-Kaigler in the November general election.Jim Zeigler easily defeated Dale Peterson to get theGOP nod for State Auditor. Zeigler goes up against Democrat Miranda Joseph in November. In the race for Place 2 of the Alabama Public Service Commission, Chip Beeker unseated incumbent Terry Dunn. Beeker faces noD...
  • News 3 Neighbors: Callaway Gardens train returns

    News 3 Neighbors: Callaway Gardens train returns

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:47:03 GMT
    All aboard! After a four year absence, the Callaway Gardens train has returned.All aboard! After a four year absence, the Callaway Gardens train has returned.
    It's a sound that's been missing at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach for four years. The train is back! Only this one is trackless and runs on electricity. It's the brainchild of a pair of Pine Mountain residents, City Councilor Warren Aldrich and retired railroad man Curtis Bray. Aldrich says he got the idea watching TV one night. "I was very impressed with the train as it was shown on TV, went to bed that night and before I went to sleep, I got to thinking...train, Callaway, and so forth....
    It's a sound that's been missing at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach for four years. The train is back! Only this one is trackless and runs on electricity. It's the brainchild of a pair of Pine Mountain residents, City Councilor Warren Aldrich and retired railroad man Curtis Bray. Aldrich says he got the idea watching TV one night. "I was very impressed with the train as it was shown on TV, went to bed that night and before I went to sleep, I got to thinking...train, Callaway, and so forth....
  • News 3 Neighbors: Miami Dolphins Linebacker Philip Wheeler

    News 3 Neighbors: Miami Dolphins Linebacker Philip Wheeler

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-05-07 04:05:07 GMT
    When professional athletes return to their hometown to give back, it's a magical moment. Such was the case recently when former Shaw High School football player Philip Wheeler visited students at WRBL Partner in Education Loyd Elementary at Fort Benning. Students at Loyd probably felt like they were at a football camp. Smiths Station freshman football coach Charles Flowers brought some of his players to give students an up close and personal look at the gear used to play the game. The players...
    When professional athletes return to their hometown to give back, it's a magical moment. Such was the case recently when former Shaw High School football player Philip Wheeler visited students at WRBL Partner in Education Loyd Elementary at Fort Benning. Students at Loyd probably felt like they were at a football camp. Smiths Station freshman football coach Charles Flowers brought some of his players to give students an up close and personal look at the gear used to play the game. The players...
  • News 3 Neighbor: New Salem Baptist Church

    News 3 Neighbor: New Salem Baptist Church

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:30:05 GMT
    The town of Talbotton witnessed an amazing sight last week...a church being built from the ground up in one week! The project began on Saturday morning with a prayer on a concrete slab. A group called Carpenters for Christ traveled from eight states to help build a new sanctuary for New Salem Baptist Church in Talbotton.Pastor Kenneth Parker was overwhelmed. "I feel a lot of joy, a lot of awe and really unbelief that they would come this far. Some drove as long as 16 hours to get here."Dave T...
    The town of Talbotton witnessed an amazing sight last week...a church being built from the ground up in one week! The project began on Saturday morning with a prayer on a concrete slab. A group called Carpenters for Christ traveled from eight states to help build a new sanctuary for New Salem Baptist Church in Talbotton.Pastor Kenneth Parker was overwhelmed. "I feel a lot of joy, a lot of awe and really unbelief that they would come this far. Some drove as long as 16 hours to get here."Dave T...
  • News 3 Neighbors: Jordan High Shop Volunteers

    News 3 Neighbors: Jordan High Shop Volunteers

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:48:01 GMT
    A quartet of girls in Steve Potts' Jordan High School construction class is quietly making a name for themselves in the community. Cheyenne Benge, Samantha McLain, Doris McLain, and Destiny Davis all love the construction process.Doris, a junior, admits, "I like building stuff. It makes me glad that it helps other people."Their current project is a playhouse that will be sold to the highest bidder to raise money for Easter Seals. The measure of these girls' efforts is not in what they do for ...
    A quartet of girls in Steve Potts' Jordan High School construction class is quietly making a name for themselves in the community. Cheyenne Benge, Samantha McLain, Doris McLain, and Destiny Davis all love the construction process.Doris, a junior, admits, "I like building stuff. It makes me glad that it helps other people."Their current project is a playhouse that will be sold to the highest bidder to raise money for Easter Seals. The measure of these girls' efforts is not in what they do for ...
  • Russell County couple indicted for alleged Securities Act violations

    Russell County couple indicted for alleged Securities Act violations

    Friday, March 7 2014 9:52 PM EST2014-03-08 02:52:34 GMT
    A Phenix City couplehas been indicted on alleged violations of the Alabama Securities Act.Jose Roberto Torres and Tammy Torres were arrested on March 5 and taken to the Russell County jail. Jose Torres' bond was set at $750,000. Tammy Torres' bond was set at $50,000.The indictment alleges that Jose Torres offered and sold unregistered investment contracts for ATM/EPS, Inc. to Alabama investors. The couple reportedly told the investors that their funds would be placed in automatic teller machi...
    A Phenix City couplehas been indicted on alleged violations of the Alabama Securities Act.Jose Roberto Torres and Tammy Torres were arrested on March 5 and taken to the Russell County jail. Jose Torres' bond was set at $750,000. Tammy Torres' bond was set at $50,000.The indictment alleges that Jose Torres offered and sold unregistered investment contracts for ATM/EPS, Inc. to Alabama investors. The couple reportedly told the investors that their funds would be placed in automatic teller machi...
  • A News 3 Special Report: Bob Schieffer and Phil Scoggins remember JFK's assassination

    A News 3 Special Report: Bob Schieffer and Phil Scoggins remember JFK's assassination

    11/19/2013 9:53:55 PM2014-01-31 18:15:12 GMT
    Fifty years later, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is being relived by those old enough to remember. The emotions of the country were thrown into a whirlwind of grief and disbelief on that November day in 1963. Veteran CBSNewsman Bob Schieffer was a young reporter for the Fort Worth Star Telegram at the time. On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, he was in bed asleep after having worked the all-night shift. "When it came over the radio that this trouble had erupted, my brothe...
    Fifty years later, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is being relived by those old enough to remember. The emotions of the country were thrown into a whirlwind of grief and disbelief on that November day in 1963. Veteran CBSNewsman Bob Schieffer was a young reporter for the Fort Worth Star Telegram at the time. On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, he was in bed asleep after having worked the all-night shift. "When it came over the radio that this trouble had erupted, my brothe...
  • Remember When Encore: Old Muscogee County Courthouse

    Remember When Encore: Old Muscogee County Courthouse

    Thursday, November 28 2013 5:05 PM EST2013-11-28 22:05:08 GMT
    The old Muscogee County Courthouse stood in the shadows of our current government center in downtown Columbus. It was built in 1896. It holds special memories for Columbus resident Jeanne McCrum.
    The old Muscogee County Courthouse stood in the shadows of our current government center in downtown Columbus. It was built in 1896. It holds special memories for Columbus resident Jeanne McCrum.
  • Remember When Encore: Drive-in Theaters

    Remember When Encore: Drive-in Theaters

    Thursday, November 28 2013 4:57 PM EST2013-11-28 21:57:05 GMT
    John Gilbert worked at WRBL in the 1970's when the news was captured on film instead of video tape. But John's love of film, cameras and projectors goes back to his boyhood. "I grew up in a drive-in
    John Gilbert worked at WRBL in the 1970's when the news was captured on film instead of video tape. But John's love of film, cameras and projectors goes back to his boyhood. "I grew up in a drive-in
  • News 3 Neighbors: Rozell

    News 3 Neighbors: Rozell

    Tuesday, November 26 2013 10:04 PM EST2013-11-27 03:04:03 GMT
    As WRBL celebrates 60 years of broadcasting, we are choosing to bring back some stories from our archives that showcase some of our most beloved TV personalities down through the years. This story
    As WRBL celebrates 60 years of broadcasting, we are choosing to bring back some stories from our archives that showcase some of our most beloved TV personalities down through the years. This story
  • Remember When Encore: Pritchett's

    Remember When Encore: Pritchett's

    Tuesday, November 26 2013 9:49 PM EST2013-11-27 02:49:00 GMT
    Joy and Jimmy Shierling know a thing or two about catfish. Joy's parents, H.B. and Ina Mae Pritchett, bought a grocery store on Buena Vista Road in 1946 and transformed it into Pritchett's Kitchenette.
    Joy and Jimmy Shierling know a thing or two about catfish. Joy's parents, H.B. and Ina Mae Pritchett, bought a grocery store on Buena Vista Road in 1946 and transformed it into Pritchett's Kitchenette.
  • Remember When Encore: Phenix City Stagg Bowl

    Remember When Encore: Phenix City Stagg Bowl

    Saturday, November 23 2013 4:27 PM EST2013-11-23 21:27:06 GMT
    The year was 1982. West Georgia won the NCAA Division III national championship beating Augustana 14-0 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Phenix City. Phenix City hosted the Stagg Bowl for fifteen
    The year was 1982. West Georgia won the NCAA Division III national championship beating Augustana 14-0 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Phenix City. Phenix City hosted the Stagg Bowl for fifteen
  • Remember When Encore: Columbus Square Mall

    Remember When Encore: Columbus Square Mall

    Friday, November 22 2013 9:49 PM EST2013-11-23 02:49:00 GMT
    Columbus Square Mall opened in 1965 and was one of the first indoor malls in the State of Georgia. Located on Macon Road, it had 38 stores including Penney's and Sears. Twenty years after it opened
    Columbus Square Mall opened in 1965 and was one of the first indoor malls in the State of Georgia. Located on Macon Road, it had 38 stores including Penney's and Sears. Twenty years after it opened
  • Remember When Encore: The Goo Goo

    Remember When Encore: The Goo Goo

    Thursday, November 21 2013 10:07 PM EST2013-11-22 03:07:03 GMT
    This is part of our continuing coverage of the 60th anniversary of WRBL. As we share the stories of some of the personalities who graced our airwaves over the years, we thought it would also be appropriate
    This is part of our continuing coverage of the 60th anniversary of WRBL. As we share the stories of some of the personalities who graced our airwaves over the years, we thought it would also be appropriate
  • Remember When Encore: Columbus Municipal Auditorium

    Remember When Encore: Columbus Municipal Auditorium

    Thursday, November 21 2013 9:47 PM EST2013-11-22 02:47:07 GMT
    As we at WRBL News 3 celebrate our 60th anniversary by recalling the history of the station, we thought it would also be appropriate to remember slices of our city's history at the same time.
    As we at WRBL News 3 celebrate our 60th anniversary by recalling the history of the station, we thought it would also be appropriate to remember slices of our city's history at the same time.
  • Couple retires to "heaven" in Eufaula

    Couple retires to "heaven" in Eufaula

    Wednesday, November 20 2013 6:33 PM EST2013-11-20 23:33:03 GMT
    A couple for New Jersey who read about Eufaula in a magazine years ago return to the Alabama community in their retirement. WRBL News 3's Phil Scoggins has their story.
    A couple for New Jersey who read about Eufaula in a magazine years ago return to the Alabama community in their retirement. WRBL News 3's Phil Scoggins has their story.
  • Eufaula's mayor touts lake's allure

    Eufaula's mayor touts lake's allure

    Wednesday, November 20 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-11-20 05:00:47 GMT
    At one time Lake Eufaula was referred to as the "Bass Capital of the World." That was back in the day when legendary angler Tom Mann fished these waters. Lake Eufaula is a sprawling 45,000 acres
    At one time Lake Eufaula was referred to as the "Bass Capital of the World." That was back in the day when legendary angler Tom Mann fished these waters. Lake Eufaula is a sprawling 45,000 acres
  • Remember When: Bill Bowick

    Remember When: Bill Bowick

    Tuesday, November 19 2013 10:14 PM EST2013-11-20 03:14:19 GMT
    Bill Bowick was a staple on morning radio in Columbus for decades. His popular "Coffee with Bill" show got a lot of folks up and running in the morning. Bill's broadcast career started in Albany, Ga. while he was finishing up his journalism degree at the University of Georgia. The year was 1947. "I went down there for three weeks and stayed eight years. I enjoyed it so much. That's when I started doing the coffee show." Bowick was offered a job at WGBA in Columbus in 1955, a gig that laste...
    Bill Bowick was a staple on morning radio in Columbus for decades. His popular "Coffee with Bill" show got a lot of folks up and running in the morning. Bill's broadcast career started in Albany, Ga. while he was finishing up his journalism degree at the University of Georgia. The year was 1947. "I went down there for three weeks and stayed eight years. I enjoyed it so much. That's when I started doing the coffee show." Bowick was offered a job at WGBA in Columbus in 1955, a gig that laste...
  • News 3 Neighbors: Margaret Johnson

    News 3 Neighbors: Margaret Johnson

    Tuesday, November 19 2013 5:51 PM EST2013-11-19 22:51:04 GMT
    This week's News 3 Neighbors story focuses on one of our longtime employees, Margaret Johnson. Margaret started to work for WRBL in 1957. We had only been on the air a little over three years.
    This week's News 3 Neighbors story focuses on one of our longtime employees, Margaret Johnson. Margaret started to work for WRBL in 1957. We had only been on the air a little over three years.
  • Remember When: Railroad Retirees

    Remember When: Railroad Retirees

    Monday, November 18 2013 8:56 PM EST2013-11-19 01:56:44 GMT
    Several years ago I interviewed two retired railroad employees about the days when passenger rail service was the norm in Columbus. I spoke with Buck Andrews standing beside the old Columbus Depot on Sixth Avenue. A freight train eased by us during the interview. Andrews told me, "I dream about that stuff sometime. I can hear it in my head I done it so long." Andrews said he always wanted to work for the railroad all of his life. He spent 35 years working for the railroad. When he first st...
    Several years ago I interviewed two retired railroad employees about the days when passenger rail service was the norm in Columbus. I spoke with Buck Andrews standing beside the old Columbus Depot on Sixth Avenue. A freight train eased by us during the interview. Andrews told me, "I dream about that stuff sometime. I can hear it in my head I done it so long." Andrews said he always wanted to work for the railroad all of his life. He spent 35 years working for the railroad. When he first st...
  • Remember When Encore: Kadie the Cow

    Remember When Encore: Kadie the Cow

    Friday, November 8 2013 9:21 PM EST2013-11-09 02:21:20 GMT
    If you are new to Columbus, you may have wondered what a gigantic cow is doing guarding the entrance to Best Buy on Manchester Expressway.Folks from around here know the cow's name is Kadie. She used to sit on the front lawn of the Kinnett Dairies plant that sat on the Best Buy location. Kinnett Dairies started as an ice cream business in 1908. Milk production was added in 1935. John Kinnett, Jr., the founder's son, told me the idea for Kadie sprang from a huge figerglas cow being hauled th...
    If you are new to Columbus, you may have wondered what a gigantic cow is doing guarding the entrance to Best Buy on Manchester Expressway.Folks from around here know the cow's name is Kadie. She used to sit on the front lawn of the Kinnett Dairies plant that sat on the Best Buy location. Kinnett Dairies started as an ice cream business in 1908. Milk production was added in 1935. John Kinnett, Jr., the founder's son, told me the idea for Kadie sprang from a huge figerglas cow being hauled th...
  • News 3 Neighbors: Thomas Ahr

    News 3 Neighbors: Thomas Ahr

    Wednesday, September 25 2013 4:37 PM EDT2013-09-25 20:37:02 GMT
    On Monday mornings you will find Thomas Ahr helping the homeless. He's a volunteer with the Open Door showering program. Tom makes sure those coming in for a morning shower have what they need...towel,
    This week's News 3 Neighbor is a weekly volunteer with the Open Door showering program in Columbus.
  • News 3 Neighbors: Frank Hart

    News 3 Neighbors: Frank Hart

    Wednesday, September 25 2013 4:36 PM EDT2013-09-25 20:36:03 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ga. It's pretty incredible to still be able to play the game you love well into your 80's. This week's News 3 Neighbors story is about just such a person. Eighty-three year old Frank
    This week's News 3 Neighbors segment features an 83-year old Columbus man who still enjoys playing competitive softball.
  • News 3 Neighbors: Carl Fedde

    News 3 Neighbors: Carl Fedde

    Wednesday, September 25 2013 4:36 PM EDT2013-09-25 20:36:01 GMT
    The driving force behind a lot that goes on in our communities is volunteers. Carl Fedde is a dedicated volunteer at the National Infantry Museum. He is this week's News 3 Neighbor. Thousands
    This week's News 3 Neighbor features a volunteer tram driver and tour guide for the National Infantry Museum.
  • News 3 Neighbors: Amy Cobb

    News 3 Neighbors: Amy Cobb

    Wednesday, September 25 2013 4:36 PM EDT2013-09-25 20:36:01 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ga. If you sign in at the St. Francis Hospital Radiology Department on Mondays or Tuesdays this summer, you just might encounter a charming young lady at the check-in window named Amy Cobb.
    This week's News 3 Neighbors segment features Amy Cobb, an upcoming senior at Harris County High who is volunteering at two local hospitals this summer.
  • History of LaGrange

    History of LaGrange

    Wednesday, June 26 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-06-26 17:58:58 GMT
    LAGRANGE, Ga. Early in the 19th century the land known today as Troup County was ceded by the Creek Indians. The county bears the name of former Governor George Michael Troup, a popular governor who
    WRBL's monthly Our Town tour visits LaGrange today, a city with rich history that dates back to 1828.
  • Tracing the history of whitewater in Columbus

    Tracing the history of whitewater in Columbus

    Thursday, June 6 2013 9:29 PM EDT2013-06-07 01:29:55 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ga. John Turner has been immersed in the whitewater project over fifteen years. Turner is an executive with the W.C. Bradley Company in Columbus and is the chairman of the River Restoration
    During WRBL's 60th anniversary celebration called "Our Town," the chairman of the River Restoration Committee, John Turner, describes how the idea of whitewater first got started.
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  • Update: Teen dies after Opelika shooting on Edmon Avenue

    Update: Teen dies after Opelika shooting on Edmon Avenue

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-07-21 23:00:20 GMT
    The shooting victim who died Monday in Opelika is being identified only as a juvenile male because of his age, police say.The shooting victim who died Monday in Opelika is being identified only as a juvenile male because of his age, police say.
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    Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:41:45 GMT
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    A press release will be released on the A K Thrift Mall website Monday night after the mall closed without warning this weekend, according to the mall's website.
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