Jay Harris (sportscaster)

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Harris in February 2010.

Jay Harris (born February 22, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American journalist who has worked for ESPN since February 2003. When he first joined ESPN, he worked primarily on ESPNEWS, but in August 2006, he was named the weekday co-host of the 6pm ET SportsCenter along with Brian Kenny. He also often hosts the SportsCenter 30 at 30 Update.[1] He would co-host the 6pm SportsCenter until December 2012 in which he moved to the 11pm SportsCenter with Lindsay Czarniak taking his place on the 6pm SportsCenter.

Prior to ESPN, Harris worked for many years at WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a weeknight news anchor. He also has local morning radio news experience at WAMO-FM, and national news experience at American Urban Radio Networks, also in Pittsburgh. He also did local radio news at WOWI-FM in Norfolk, Virginia.

Harris has several honors including: a Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals, a Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. He was also part of two Emmy award winning Sportscenter shows. A 1987 graduate of Old Dominion University, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award and served as the keynote speaker for its 100th commencement ceremony in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

He is married with 2 children.

Harris is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[2]

On the February 22, 2008 episode of SportsCenter, Bill Walton presented Harris with a cake, to the surprise of Harris. Walton also noted that Harris shares the same birth date with famed basketball player Julius Erving. He also covered the Triple Crown for ESPN in 2006.


  1. ^ Lidington, James J. (Fall 2003). "News Anchor Makes The Jump To ESPN". Old Dominion University Magazine 5 (1). Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Annual ODU National Pan-Hellenic Council Events and Programs" (PDF). studentaffairs.odu.edu. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  • Hewitt, Dr. Clay W. The Glide Journal of Drexel College School of Journalism in Televised Communication Volume 4, July 2007 pp. 113-118

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