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The Author

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     Roy J. Harris Jr.

Roy Harris has been a journalist for some of the nation's most respected news publications for four decades. From 1971 to 1994 he served as a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, including six years as deputy chief of its 14-member Los Angeles bureau. His next 13 years were spent as a senior editor for The Economist Group's Boston-based CFO magazine, writing feature stories, covering corporate finance and helping manage the CFO.com Web site. He spent 2011 and the first part of 2012 as editorial director of CFOworld, launching the online site for Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Group.

During his years with CFO, from 2006 to 2007 Harris was national president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors, a group of 800 business-to-business editors. He founded its not-for-profit ASBPE Foundation, where he continues to serve. He retained his interest in the newspaper business: teaching journalism as an adjunct professor at Emerson College, regularly contributing articles on the media and the Pulitzer Prizes to the website of the St. Petersburg, Florida-based Poynter Institute, and researching and writing Pulitzer’s Gold. That work has earned him praise from Bob Woodward as “the master historian of the Pulitzer Prize.”

The son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Harris began his career working summers as a copyboy and later a reporter for the Post-Dispatch. In college, he served as managing editor of the Daily Northwestern while attending Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. After graduation he took a job reporting for the Los Angeles Times, where one of his assignments was helping cover the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

After being posted by the U.S. Army to Germany, where he edited a battalion newspaper, Harris returned to Northwestern to earn his masters degree, and then joined the Journal in Pittsburgh, covering the aluminum industry. In 1974 he moved to the West Coast for the Journal and took over coverage of the aerospace beat, while also writing about airlines, entertainment and sports-including the 1984 Summer Olympics. As deputy bureau chief, he helped coordinate coverage of such stories as the 1992 race rioting that followed the police beating of Rodney King, and the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake.

His research for Pulitzer's Gold began in 2002, when he returned to St. Louis to make a presentation, on the hundredth anniversary of his father's birth, about the five Public Service Pulitzers won by the Post-Dispatch.

Author Harris began his journalism career at Joseph Pulitzer's St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pictured are sons Joseph Pulitzer II and Joseph Pulitzer III, who not only ran the paper, but chaired the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Harris lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, with his wife Eileen Carol McIntyre. He has two sons, David McKenna Harris and R. J. Harris III, and a stepson, Jesse D. Laymon.

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