Silver Circle Class of 2020
Mike Harris has worked in television/video since 1993. He began his career shooting political talk shows for CNBC in Washington, D.C. while also working the assignment desk at WTTG. Mike moved back to Arizona and worked at KNAZ in Flagstaff. As a graduate of Northern Arizona University, he was happy to be back in Arizona. During that time, Mike mastered a new skill by filling in on holidays as a videographer so others could have the holidays with their families.
Mike relocated to California and worked at KGET in Bakersfield and KSEE in Fresno. He moved back to Arizona in 1997, joining the videography staff at KTVK in Phoenix and later working at KPHO. Mike enterprised stories that he then produced, shot, wrote and edited. The first story he ever wrote and reported aired on CNN. Currently, Mike produces, shoots, writes and edits stories for the City of Glendale for their cable channel and social media platforms.
Reporters lucky enough to be paired with Mike work with a true teammate. Famous for communicating with reporters about their joint vision and the best way to approach a story, Mike also never hesitates to jump in when he is done with his tasks to help someone else on deadline. Mike never settles for average, always seeking to tell a story uniquely and meticulously.
Known fondy as “Glendale Mike,” he does numerous live reports about a variety of news events around the community. Inspired and deeply moved by a story about two patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), he began volunteering for the ALS Association where he worked with a Major League Baseball umpire to shoot promotional material for the association as well as participating in several walks for ALS. Other volunteer endeavors include working with Paper Clouds, an organization that helps raise money for people who have special needs, and HAART Animal Rescue.
Mike teaches videography as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is the recipient of four Rocky Mountain Southwest regional Emmy Awards, has been honored by the National Press Photographers Association multiple times and judged Videographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association.