Phillip Sanfield is the director of media relations for the Port of Los Angeles. He serves as the media spokesperson for the Port and is responsible for media inquiries. Sanfield establishes and maintains relationships with local, national and international media, and strives for accuracy in resulting media coverage and Port messaging. Among other duties, he coordinates press conferences, media tours, interviews, editorial submissions, photography and video shoots.
Prior to his appointment at the Port in 2009, Sanfield had a journalism career spanning more than two decades in Southern California. From 2006 through his departure in 2009, he was the editor of The Daily Breeze, an award-winning newspaper covering more than 15 communities in the South Bay and Harbor Area of Southern California. From 1991 to 1998, Sanfield was the managing editor of The News-Pilot, a daily newspaper in San Pedro focusing on the Harbor Area and Port issues. He also spent two years in the Coachella Valley as a reporter.
A Chicago native, Sanfield earned a journalism degree from the University of Illinois. He received a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Ill. During his master’s program, he served as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times in the newspaper’s Springfield bureau covering state government and legislative affairs.
Sanfield resides in Torrance with his wife Judy and their three children.