Award-winning journalist Leon Harris anchors the 4, 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts forABC7/WJLA-TV. He came to Washington after20 years at CNN’s Atlanta Headquarters, where he co-anchored CNN Live Today and Prime News, and hosted CNN Presents and American Stories.
Mr. Harris’ work has earned him a number of honors, among them, multiple CableACE Awards for Best Newscaster, and National Emmy Awards f or coverage of the September 11th terror strikes, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 2000 presidential election. He was honored with a National Headliner Award and, more recently, with a National Capital Area Emmy Award for Best Anchor.
Leon Harris is passionate about improving the lives of children. His weekly segment, Harris’ Heroes, profiles adults helping kids, or kids helping their peers in the DC metro region. The series runs every Wednesday evening during ABC7 News at Five. The news segments can also be found on wjla.com. Mr. Harris works with many charitable groups including, For Love of Children, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, Unique Learning Center and the March of Dimes, among others.
Mr. Harris is a cum laude graduate of, and honorary doctorate recipient from, Ohio University.