A veteran newspaperman with 25 years experience as a reporter, editor and columnist, Phyrillas received a first place award in 2007 for Best Opinion Column from Suburban Newspapers of America for a series of columns on reforming state government.
He was also recognized for column writing in 2007 by the Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter, and in 2006 by the Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Phyrillas was named one of the Most Influential Political Bloggers in Pennsylvania by BlogNetNews.com in June 2007.
In addition to the newspaper's Web site (www.pottsmerc.com) and (www.AllAroundPhilly.com) the Web site for the Journal Register Company newspaper group, Phyrillas' columns are featured on more than two dozen other political Web sites and blogs.
Phyrillas is a frequent guest (and occasional host) on talk radio programs and has been a panelist on the "Journalists Roundtable" program  on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).