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Phil Keating was well known in Denver as the enterprising weekend anchor on FOX-31 News and as a lead reporter on FOX’s nightly primetime newscasts.

His off beat style and handsome looks earned him the title of one of Denver’s “Hottest Singles” according to 5280 Magazine in 2001.

Phil’s childhood fantasy was to become a great movie director and although his career path has taken him elsewhere, he still considers that to be his dream, “My real fantasy is to make films,” he says, “but I have a pretty great gig in the interim, I’m happy and I love the fact that every day my job is different.”

Although his reporting job keeps him busy, over the years he has managed to shoot several short films using his super 8 camera including one called Love In Denver, which he describes as an “excellent socio political observation about defining the concept of love”.

Phil decided to go to into broadcast journalism in high school when he was assigned the duty of making the morning announcements every Friday on his high school PA system. Soon, the “Friday Fanatic” as he was known, was getting noticed and several teachers commented that he had excellent delivery and should consider a future in broadcast journalism.

And apparently the rest is history. Phil wastes no time in going after what he wants. “I’ve had success at everything I've put my mind to.” He says. And what does he consider to be the secret of success? “Unyielding drive, talent, brains, and commitment, but not much luck” he says, “You just have to make it happen.”

Before joining the FOX-31 team, Phil reported and produced news for KUSA in Denver and for various stations in Columbus, Ohio, Spokane, Wash. Macon, Georgia, Columbia and St. Louis, Mo.

Favorite Clothing Stores: Kenneth Cole store in Chicago, Bolderdash and Hugo Boss in Cherry Creek.

What gives a woman/man style: Attitude and the whole package - hair, clothing, personality.

Favorite Restaurant: Carmine’s on Penn, Barolo, Mizuna, and Campo di Fiori.

Which social event is your favorite? My own party on New Year’s Eve.

Who is the most interesting celebrity you’ve ever met? The only “celebrity” I’ve hung out with for a long time was the actor Alan Thicke, one night at the Rialto Café. He was just really friendly and had no pretensions. Every other celebrity I’ve met has been brief, but Simon Perez was an incredible person, it was interesting to meet him because of everything he’s done and his incredible ambition.

Who is your hero and why? I don’t really have any heroes because I think idolatry is deconstructive to one’s self.

If your life were a movie, who would play your part? Tom Hanks, because it would insure that it was going to be an Oscar caliber biography.

Saturdays are likely to find you: Unfortunately, working

Where can you be found at midnight on Saturday? Drinking some wine and having a delicious meal at a good restaurant.

Do you have any Pets? No

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner, about you? That I did not have a cat.

What one word describes you best? Hopefully, dynamic.

What word would you like others to use to describe you? Interesting, intriguing and delightful!

What is your greatest indulgence? Enjoying the finer things in life and all that that implies- good food, good wine, good vacations, good love, good kissing.

What was your first job? I made pizzas at a pizza parlor in St Louis, MO.

What word or expression do you use too much? Yes

If there were one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be? I’d be independently wealthy.

When and where were you the happiest? Dominical, Costa Rica, two years ago when I went trekking and exploring the country with a backpack.

Which talent would you most like to have? I’d like to be able to play the piano.

What is your current state of mind? Happy, but somewhat stressed.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Fulfilling my career goals so far.

What is your most treasured possession? I’m not that materialistic, but I’d hate to lose the films that I’ve made with my super 8 camera.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Enslavement.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Intelligence and wit.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Intelligence, wit and independence.

Who are your favorite writers and what are some of your favorite books? I really loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera, The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco, and A People's History of the United States, 1492- Present, by Howard Zinn.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Don’t get caught.