Bob Harris (writer)

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Bob Harris (born October 15, 1963) is an American radio commentator, writer, stand-up comedian, and fourteen-time Jeopardy! contestant.[1]

From 1998–2002, his daily political commentaries aired on an average of 75 radio stations across the U.S., winning awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and the Associated Press. He was also the morning drive-time host on the Working Assets attempt at explicitly liberal talk radio,, and wrote online political columns for Mother Jones magazine.

Harris has variously written for the TV shows Bones and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, appeared frequently as a debunker of urban legends on the TLC Network program Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed, done voiceover work on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, contributed to several comic book projects published by Dark Horse Comics, and narrated an audiobook on Kosovo by Noam Chomsky. He has also contributed to National Lampoon, the Chicago Tribune, Paul Krassner's magazine The Realist, and numerous other publications.

Early in his career, Harris was a stand-up comedian who appeared in numerous comedy clubs, and he has spoken at over 200 colleges.

His game show appearances include an upset of Frank Spangenberg in the first round of the Jeopardy! Million Dollar Masters tournament in 2002, participation in a million-dollar-winning team on Greed in 2000 winning $200,000 for himself, and a successful $250,000 phone-a-friend answer for a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

His current weblog is, although he also contributes frequently to the weblog This Modern World by cartoonist Tom Tomorrow. Harris is the voice of Sparky the penguin in the animated cartoons.

In 1999, Common Courage Press published his first book "Steal This Book and Get Life Without Parole," a collection of his political columns. Also included was "Thumbs of Steel," an essay originally published in The Realist, about his original appearances on Jeopardy. Harris would later expand this column into Prisoner of Trebekistan, which was published by Crown Publishing Group in 2006, and included details of his later tournament successes and failures.

His third book, a tongue-in-cheek guide to world conflicts, Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up-A Woefully Incomplete Guide (Crown Publishing Group), was published September 25, 2007.

In spring 2012, Bob appeared as an expert commentator on the premier broadcast of The National History Bee Middle School Competition, broadcast on the History Channel.

Bob's fourth book, the nonfiction The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time, for Bloomsbury Publishing, was released on March 5, 2013. In it, Harris is sent around the world by editor Jeff Koyen to review luxury hotels. Bob then uses the proceeds of these assignments to fund a number of loans in developing nations, mostly through microfinance organization Kiva.[2]


  1. ^ Harris, Bob (5 September 2009). "Six Degrees of Trivia, and Knowledge". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Bob". Retrieved 2009-11-12. "currently writing a book on global microfinance for Bloomsbury" 

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