Award-winning journalist Leon Harris anchors the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV. He came to Washington after 20 years at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, where he co-anchored CNN Live Today and Prime News, and hosted CNN Presents and American Stories.
Harris has covered a wide variety of stories including the September 11 terror strikes, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Asian tsunami of 2004, the explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 and the Los Angeles riots. He has interviewed presidential candidates and reported live from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
Harris’ work has earned him a number of honors, among them multiple CableAce awards for Best Newscaster, and National Emmy Awards for coverage of the September 11 terror attack, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 2000 presidential election.
He was honored, too, 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 D.C. metro region. The series runs every Wednesday evening during ABC7 News at Five. The news segments can also be found on wjla.com.
Harris also works with many charitable groups including For the Love of Children, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, Unique Learning Center, March of Dimes and many others.
He is a Cum Laude and honorary doctorate recipient from Ohio University.
Research is growing about the many benefits of bringing animals into hospitals.
Dozens of children at Camp Lighthouse are in the midst of a "beep ball" game.
At least once a week, Larissa Bryant meets with 15-year-old Breonna Chase. Breonna is a mentor with “Best Kids,” a mentoring program for kids in D.C.’s child welfare system.
Military families are getting a precious memory before their loved ones ship out - and local teens are gaining valuable work experience.
The project has really inspired the students, some of which say they now dream of jobs at NASA when they grow up.