Philip Evans; November 21, 1933 - May 8, 2011, of cancer, at home in Silver Spring, Md.
By Emma Brown, Published: May 12
Philip Evans, a journalist who served as managing editor of the Washington Star during the 1970s and later helped launch the Washington Times, died May 8 of cancer at his home in Silver Spring. He was 77.
Mr. Evans began a journalism career after working as an oilfield roughneck in Morocco and an Army paratrooper. He wrote for the Associated Press and then became a top editor at the Baltimore Evening Sun, Annapolis Capital and Philadelphia Bulletin.
When he arrived at the Star in 1975, the afternoon newspaper was in financial trouble, but it had just been bought by Texas millionaire Joe L. Allbritton. Star staffers hoped the purchase would save the newspaper.
In 1978, Allbritton sold the Star to Time Inc. Mr. Evans left the following year, and the paper ceased publishing in 1981.
Mr. Evans was a founding assistant managing editor of the Washington Times, which was started in 1982 by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon. Mr. Evans helped start Insight, a weekly magazine owned by the Times’ parent company.
In the mid-1980s, he bought the Annapolitan Magazine, which he ran until 1993. More recently, Mr. Evans had served as communications director and consultant to Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national anticrime organization headquartered in Washington.