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Richard Harris
Science Correspondent,

National Public Radio


Award-winning journalist Richard Harris reports on science issues for National Public Radio's newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Harris, who joined NPR in 1986, can best be described as a science generalist, covering medicine and health, the environment, space technology, anthropology, astronomy, and genetics.

A California native, Harris was valedictorian of his college graduating class at UC Santa Cruz in 1980. He earned his B.A. in biology, with highest honors. He is co-founder of the Washington, D.C., Area Science Writers Association, as well as a senior officer of the National Association of Science Writers.

In 1995, Harris shared a Peabody Award for investigative reporting about the tobacco industry. He also won the 1995 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) radio journalism award for a report about hormone-disrupting chemicals in the environment. In 1994, Harris received the Cindy Award from the Association of Visual Communicators for a story on the ecological impact of alien species coming to North America. In that same year, he received the Aviation/Space Writers Association top award for space coverage.

In 1992, Harris was awarded the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory's Lewis Thomas Award for coverage of the life sciences. In 1991, he was presented with the IEEE/USA Activities Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession.

Harris collaborated with several colleagues on NPR's 1989 series "AIDS in Black America," which won an Alfred I. duPont—Columbia University Silver Baton, a first-place award from the National Association of Black Journalists, and an Ohio State Award. In 1988, Harris won the AAAS Journalism Award for his report, "Anti-Noise: Can Technology Turn Noise into Quiet?" which explored a revolutionary technology that uses computer-generated noise to cancel out, not just mask, unwanted noise.

Before joining NPR, Harris was a science writer for the San Francisco Examiner. From 1981 to 1983, Harris was a staff writer at the Tri-Valley Herald in Livermore, California, covering science, technology, and health issues. Under the auspices of the AAAS, Harris spent the summer of 1980 as a Mass Media Science Fellow reporting on science issues for the Washington Star in Washington, D.C.



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