Tony Harris (journalist)

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Tony Harris
Born (1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 46)
Occupation Journalist

Tony Harris (born July 25, 1967) is a United States television reporter and news anchor, now anchoring on Al Jazeera America. Previously Harris was a news anchor at Al Jazeera English and CNN.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Tony Harris is a B.A. graduate in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

He entered broadcasting as a nineteen-year-old radio disc jockey in his native Baltimore, Maryland. Two years later, he moved to television as a features reporter for an afternoon newsmagazine in Cleveland, Ohio. He rose to co-host. Moving to New York City, he worked as an entertainment reporter for Entertainment Tonight and the Home Box Office. He returned to Cleveland in the early 1990s as a weekend news anchor, then again to New York, and Los Angeles, as a reporter for the Fox Network prime time newsmagazine Front Page.

He returned to local news as lead anchor for WBFF and WNUV in Baltimore, and then for WGCL-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Based at CNN Center in Atlanta, Harris co-anchored CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Sunday Morning with Betty Nguyen until he made the move to anchor CNN Newsroom on September 8, 2008. He was also a frequent substitute anchor on weekday news programs including American Morning. Harris has won an Emmy Award.

He left CNN at the end of December 31, 2010.[2]

In April 2011, Harris debuted as an anchor on Al Jazeera English. His first broadcast was at 1600GMT on April 12, 2011.[3]

On August 20, 2013, he debuted as an anchor on Al Jazeera America. His first broadcast was the first regularly scheduled program ever on the network with the news at 4:00 pm eastern time.

References in Popular Culture[edit]

After Harris criticized NASA for naming the new space station treadmill after comedian Stephen Colbert, Colbert responded on September 30, 2009 by naming his in-studio toilet the H.A.R.R.I.S. (Human Ass Receiving Receptacle In Studio)[4]


  1. ^ "CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Tony Harris". CNN. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "John Roberts to leave 'American Morning' in the new year". New York Post. December 7, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Former CNN Anchor Tony Harris Now Anchoring for Al Jazeera English. He is based in Doha,Qatar". 12 April 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Colbert Report - A Pace Odyssey". Viacom. 30 Sep 2009. Retrieved 31 Dec 2010.