Tony Harris (journalist)
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|Born||1959 (age 56–57)
|Alma mater||University of Maryland, Baltimore County, (B.A.)|
|Notable credit(s)||Al Jazeera America News
Al Jazeera English Newshour
CNN Saturday Morning
CNN Sunday Morning
Life and career
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 2010.
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
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).
- Cohen, Elizabeth (12 August 2010). "Tony Harris goes to the doctor". CNN. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- "CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Tony Harris". CNN. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "John Roberts to leave 'American Morning' in the new year". New York Post. December 7, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
- "Former CNN Anchor Tony Harris Now Anchoring for Al Jazeera English". MediaBistro.com. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- "The Colbert Report - A Pace Odyssey". Viacom. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2010.