Phil Jenkins returned to Ottawa from Liverpool in 1978, with a degree in Environmental Sciences and a Teaching Certificate. He is a writer and performing musician.
He has written over eight hundred columns with the Ottawa Citizen since 1991, numerous magazine articles, including ones for National Geographic Traveler, Canadian Geographic, Ottawa Magazine and Toronto Life. He is also the author of four national bestsellers: Fields of Vision, An Acre of Time (an Ottawa history), River Song, and Beneath My Feet, as well as three commissioned local histories, The Library Book, Off the Shelf and A Better Heart.
He teaches and lectures in writing and Ottawa history and has released a CD, “Car Tunes,” with the Band Riverbend.