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Tony Harris (journalist)

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Tony Harris
Born (1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 56)
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County, (B.A.)
Occupation(s)Journalist, anchorman
Notable credit(s)Al Jazeera America News
Al Jazeera English Newshour
CNN Saturday Morning
CNN Sunday Morning
CNN Newsroom

Tony Harris (born July 25, 1967) is an American journalist, news anchor, and television producer. He was notable for his time as an anchor on Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, and CNN.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Harris is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Franklin High School in nearby Reisterstown in 1985.[2] He went on to earn a BA degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[3]



Harris began his career in broadcasting as radio disc jockey in his native Baltimore, Maryland on WSID-AM after dropping out of Towson State University. He later worked for sister stations WLPL in Baltimore and WOOK in Washington, DC. He continued in radio moving to WJMO in Cleveland, where he was host of a morning talk show at age 21.[2]

Local television[edit]

Two years later, in 1983, Harris was hired by WJW-TV, then the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, as a reporter for its "PM Magazine" show.[4] He spent 10 year at WJW as co-host of the magazine and as a general assignment news reporter before leaving to join "Entertainment Tonight" where he worked until 1990.[2]

Harris was a weekend news anchor in Cleveland, Ohio at WKYC (Channel 3)[5] from 1990 to 1993. During that time he won a local Emmy Award.[2]

In 1993, Harris left Cleveland to join the original reporting team behind the Fox Network's prime time newsmagazine Front Page.[6]

He returned to local news in 1996 as lead anchor for WBFF's "News at 10" in Baltimore.[2] and then for WGCL-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, before joining CNN in September 2004.


Based at CNN Center in Atlanta,[1] 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. [citation needed]. While at CNN, Harris was a member of the teams that earned George Foster Peabody Awards for coverage of the British Petroleum oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami.[7]

Harris left CNN at the end of December 2010.

Al Jazeera[edit]

In April 2011, He debuted as an anchor on Al Jazeera English. His first broadcast was at 16:00 GMT on April 12, 2011.[8] His first broadcast was the first regularly scheduled program ever on the network with the news at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Special projects[edit]

Harris began working with the Investigation Discovery Channel in 2015 for a project with the Southern Poverty Law Center.[9] The first project was a special report called "Hate in America." The program, which aired on May 21, 2016, focused on an effort by anti-government groups and white supremacists to turn Montana's Flathead Valley, near Glacier National Park, into a whites-only refuge.[10]

Harris joined the Discovery Channel in 2017 as a host of a six-part "Investigation Discovery" series titled Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris. The format of the program featured Harris exploring how small towns in America dealt with instances of crime and violence.[3]

In 2020, Harris began hosting the podcast Monster: DC Sniper.[11]

In January 2021, he began hosting a program called "The Proof is Out There" which aired Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the History Channel. The series profiles unexplained news stories from around the world, such as UFOs and unidentified creatures.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Harris and his wife, Amanda, have one son, Michael, born in 1995.[2]

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).[13]


  1. ^ a b "Anchors & Reporters - Tony Harris". CNN. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Baltimore native returning to town to co-anchor WBFF's 'News at Ten' On the air: Tony Harris, who has national experience, will join Lisa Willis on first-string team, replacing Jeff Barnd". Baltimore Sun. February 21, 1996. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Baltimore native, TV anchor Tony Harris to host new show on Investigation Discovery channel". Baltimore Sun. April 5, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  4. ^ Morona, Joey; clevel; .com (April 4, 2017). "46 more memorable TV personalities from Cleveland's past". cleveland. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "WKYC Weekend Anchor Leaving for Los Angeles". Newspapers.com. Akron Beacon-Journal. March 26, 1993. p. 41. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  6. ^ Gunther, Marc (June 26, 1993). "Fox Enters News Magazine Business with 'Front Page'". Newspapers.com. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C-11. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  8. ^ "Former CNN Anchor Tony Harris Now Anchoring for Al Jazeera English". MediaBistro.com. April 12, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Investigation Discovery SVP: 'We're Not About Violence and We're Not About Gore'". July 30, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  10. ^ Priester, Alec M. (May 21, 2016). "What's on TV Saturday". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  11. ^ "Baltimore's own Tony Harris discusses "Monster" the D.C. Sniper podcast". WBAL TV. February 4, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  12. ^ Sarner, Lauren (January 8, 2021). "New History show looks at 'proof' of UFOs and the unexplained". New York Post. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  13. ^ "The Colbert Report - A Pace Odyssey". Viacom. September 30, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2010.

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