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Emmy Award-winning digital journalist Michael Harris is considered a top‐shelf network freelancer for such clients as ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, and VH1/MTV.  In 2005 he became a regular Contributing Producer of spectacular “Weekend Adventures" and "Weekend Windows” for ABC’s top-rated Good Morning America. In December 2010 he was the first U.S. network news producer to secure permission to shoot on “The Forbidden Island” of Ni’ihau, Hawai’i. As a Widlife Specialist and General Assignment producer and photojournalist for Good Morning America. World News Tonight With Diane Sawyer/David Muir, 20/20, Nightline and other ABC shows. Michael has found himself face-to-tace with 10-foot grizzlies in Alaska, 20-foot great white sharks in Mexico, and the deadly 2013 Oklahoma tornados - the largest in recorded history - and 100-foot trees ablaze in the biggest wildfires in Washington State history. Sadly, he has also been asked to cover several mass shootings in the last several years, including two in one week in October 2014, and a wide range of natural and man-made disasters -- so much so, in fact, that his colleagues at the West Coast Bureau of ABC News sometimes refer to him as "Disaster Boy."  

As a network photojournaist and storyteller, Michael has an impressive command of a wide range of subject matter - and platforms. In 2010 he commuted from Seattle to Silicon Valley every week to produce truly unique content for Yahoo!, at that time the largest internet company in the world, including writing, shooting, editing and directing weekly search trends reports seen by over four million viewers every Friday on ABC World News Now, and on an additional 174 other newscasts reaching approximately 5.2 million people* (per Cision; total estimated "Publicity Value" of $1,698,914 per week). Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon was created and enterprised entirely by Michael, pulling together two of his biggest clients in a content collaboration that preceded the highly publicized 2011 partnership between ABC and Yahoo!  It was the first-ever search trends content on network television.

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Michael Harris has been producing and shooting content for ABC News since 2002, first as a Producer and on-air "Wildlife Specialist" and then Contributing Producer and Photojournalist. The following selected "Weekend Window" and "Weekend Adventure" segments were sourced, produced and written by Michael. Supervising GMA Producer in New York City was Matthew Frucci. Michael enterprised several corporate promotional relationships to help facilitate these vignettes for Good Morning America. including with Alaska Air, Horizon Air, Hawai'ian Airlines and other hospitality businesses. His work was also seen by millions of shoppers each year in Best Buy and Costco stores, playing on loops on their HD TV section, part of a deal ABC News struck with the major retailers. Until the Weekend Edition of GMA went away, these spectacular "Windows" proved to be a popular way to close out the Sunday morning broadcast by opening the world and wildlife to viewers.  

As a General Assignment Producer and Photojournalist for ABC, Michael has established himself as the "first call" for the network on any news coverage in Seattle.  After covering breaking news (often as a "shooting producer" or "one-man band") on wildlifes, mudslides, bridge collapses, tornados, train derailments and sadly, 15 mass shootings in just the last four years, Michael is sometimes now referred to by his colleagues as "Disaster Boy," able to gain extraordinary access to a wide range of human and natural disasters and photodocument these unfolding events for the network.  He is also a highly experienced, insightful and remarkably sensitive interviewer, entrusted by ABC with the difficult task of gaining the trust of subjects and booking and conducting exclusive, powerful interviews for Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20 and Nightline.  His work not only helps viewers understand what happened, but often why it happened.   


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ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Adventure: The White Sharks of Isla Guadalupe, Mexico"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Katmai National Park, Alaska"
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ABC News Good Morning America "The Great Migration: Alaska's Caribou Head North"
ABC News Good Morning America "The Great Migration: Kaua'i's Winter Whales"
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ALL ABC NEWS PROGRAMS: "First Coronavirus Patient in U.S. (Seattle)"
White LineJanuary 21, 2020 to Present  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris was sent by ABC News to help coordinate network coverage of the first coronavirus patient in the United States, a man in his 30s who came through Seattle-Tacoma Airport and was transported and put in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. By chance, Michael was the first network journalist on the scene, wandering around Sea-Tac asking questions with no answers, spending the next nine days at the hospital doing the same, covering a story that few knew would turn this country and the world upside down. After two weeks the patient was released and is currently recovering, but that first U.S. case has led to over 700,000 and 37,000 deaths in the country by April, certainly a more than a million by the summer. Western Washington was the first American community to face this deadly novel virus, and Seattle-based Michael along with LA-based ABC producers Jim Vojtech and Lisa Sivertsen were some of the first to try to figure it out. In a highly sensitive, developing story, Michael was entrusted to gather as much information on the ground from as many people who would talk, to help the ABC News team report out to an extremely nervous world. Correspondent on this first report was Kayna Whitworth. 


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ABC News "Drunk School Bus Driver" on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah"
White LineSeptember 29, 2019  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris was sent by ABC News to the southwestern Washington town of Longview to find the story behind a video that had gone viral - a school bus driver there, 48yo Catherine Maccarone, had a very bad day. She was captured on tape driving two trips and a total of about 90 children to school, swerving side-to-side and throwing her hands in the air, saying "I'm crazy."  She was arrested and charged with DUI. On World News, it was a frightening story, especially for parents. By late night, it was comedy. And hilarious. Unless you're the driver.


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ABC News 20/20 / "30 Years Searching (Mandy Stavik Trial)"
White LineNEWSMAGAZINE  /  September 20, 2019  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris was Editorial Producer on this two-hour 20/20 special on the trial of Timothy Forrest Bass, a Washington state man accused and convicted of the 1989 kidnapping, rape and murder of 18-year-old Mandy Stavik. This is the first trial Michael has covered in his career, as the point person in Washington state for the New York team, covering the trial every day from jury selection to the verdict and sentencing and on through the emotional interviews afterward, including his exclusive interview with Rick Zender, Mandy's boyfriend, the first time he's talked about the case in three decades. The special is both heartbreaking and intriguing, as a case study of the advances of DNA science in prosecuting crimes, even three decades later. The special is a powerful tribute to an extraordinary young woman who brought so much light to the world, only to be extinguished by an act of unspeakable evil.


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ABC News Good Morning America & Nightline / "Deadly Crane Collapse in Seattle"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  April 27-28, 2019  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris was called to coordinate ABC News' coverage of a massive crane collapse in downtown Seattle that left four people dead and three others injured. At 3:38 pm -- just a few minutes before Michael and his 11yo son drove by -- a crane from a construction site fell and crushed six cars near Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street, one of the busiest intersections in Seattle. Had it happened on a Monday instead of a Saturday afternoon, it could've been catastrophic. Three people were transferred to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including a 25-year-old woman and her 4-month-old daughter, whose car was literally cut in half by the crane. It was a miracle. As he often does, Michael focused on the hero stories that day, including the amazing work of Seattle Fire Rescue 1 in responding to the accident and saving lives. As correspondent Maggie Rulli conducted exclusive interviews Michael booked with first responders, ABC found itself with unusual access to the site, capturing among other things an impromptu memorial for one of the lives lost, a former U.S. Marine. Friends and family hung a USMC flag at the site. It was a beautiful moment that no one else was able to get. In fact, ABC's access behind the lines even prompted a complaint to the City from NBC News. Turns out, the Fire Department allowed ABC to finish its work, and then had everyone stay behind the lines.




ABC News Good Morning America & Nightline / "Parents of Murdered Student Athlete Speak Out"
White LineEXCLUSIVE  /  January 25, 2019  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris helped secure this powerful, exclusive interview on Good Morning America and Nightline with Jill and Matt McCluskey, parents of University of Utah student athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was fatally shot October 2018 on campus by a man she briefly dated. ABC News sent Michael to Pullman, WA after the tragedy, where he met Jill and Matt, both professors at Washington State University, and heard first-hand their heartbreaking story. It was one of the most difficult discussions he's had in his career, and yet at the same time he was inspired by their strength and resolve to find something positive out of their incomprehensible loss. The McCluskeys weren't ready to share their story with the media at that time, but Michael and his GMA colleague Sabina Ghebremedhin stayed in touch with the McCluskeys over the next several months, until they entrusted ABC News with this interview, conducted with extraordinary compassion and professionalism by Nightline anchor Amy Robach. The segment would lead GMA's show, with Nightline devoting its entire program to Lauren's story that evening. Any parent of a child who has or will one day leave home and live on a college campus should feel deeply indebted to this family for having the courage to speak out and demand we do more to keep students safe. And in fact, shortly following the GMA broadcast and viewer response to this interview, the University of Utah announced it was disciplining its personnel involved in the McCluskey case and introducing material measures to improve student safety on campus. These remarkable parents have made a difference. And please support the Lauren McCluskey Foundation. “Let her Light Shine.” #ForLauren #LaurenMcCluskeyFoundation  


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ABC World News Tonight & Good Morning America / "Tornado Rips Through Washington Town"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  December 18 - 19, 2018  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris helped coordinate team coverage of an extremely rare and terrifying tornado that ripped through a small town near Seattle with no warning, damaging and destroying some 450 structures and snapping huge trees like matchsticks. Miraculously, no serious injuries were reported. Michael once again joined correspondent Will Carr, along with veteran producer Scott Shulman and photojournalist Rob Weller for this breaking news story which led both ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America.   


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ABC World News Tonight, ABC News Now & Good Morning America / "Earthquake Rocks Alaska"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  November 30 - December 3, 2018  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris was rushed to Anchorage, Alaska to help coordinate team coverage of a massive earthquake and a series of major aftershocks that hit the region, collapsing houses and buckling highways. Michael joined correspondent Will Carr, producer Alyssa Pone and photojournalist Rob Weller, battling power outages and extreme winter weather in gathering exclusive images and interviews, often while the ground literally moved beneath them. Despite the force of the quake and the extensive damage, surprisingly there were no serious injuries.   


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By MORGAN WINDSOR Via GMA / ABC News' MICHAEL HARRIS, SANTINA LEUCI and JIM VOJTECH contributed to this report  / August 17, 2018

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ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America / "18yo Who Pushed Friend Off 60-Ft Bridge Speaks Out"
White LineEXCLUSIVE  /  August 17, 2018  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris secured and booked this exclusive interview with 18-year-old Tay'lor Smith, who pushed her best friend off a 60-foot bridge above a popular river jumping spot in southwest Washington state, causing her serious injuries. The incident was captured on tape and went viral, making world news and leading to Smith being villfied over social media around the planet, prompting death threats and causing her to go into hiding -- and yet as we would learn in this interview with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan, Smith's friend actually told her she wanted to jump into the water and asked Smith to push her from the bridge. Viewers would soon see that Smith in fact is a thoughtful, caretaking person who never meant to harm her friend, was denied an opportunity to visit her in the hospital, and after first having her apology accepted, soon fell into "radio slience."  There was far more to this story than the picture painted over social media.  After earning the trust of Smith and her family and securing the interview for ABC News, Michael Harris flew to New York with Smith -- her first time in an airplane -- brought her to the Times Square set of Good Morning America, and helped produce the report for GMA, World News Tonight and  


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ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America / "Airline Employee Steals Plane in Seattle"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  August 10 - 12, 2018  /  On this extraordinary breaking news assignment, producer/photojournalist Michael Harris helped direct team coverage of airline employee who stole an otherwise empty passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and performed dangerous maneuvers in the sky before crashing on a nearby island about an hour later. This unprecedented and frightening event created enormous logistic and editorial challenges for the ABC News crew, and remarkable coordination with its Seattle affiliate, KOMO 4 News, and the network's coverage was exceptional. Among other things, Michael was able to secure an exclusive interview with the employee's neighbor and close friend, conducted by correspondent Clayton Sandell.


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ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America / "Plane Crash Rescue in Alaska"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  July 10 - 12, 2018  /  On this breaking news assignment, producer/photojournalist Michael Harris rushed from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska to cover a miracle -- the crash of a floatplane into a remote mountain in thick fog and rain, with somehow all 11 on board being rescued. Working with LA-based correspondent Will Carr and producer Matthew Fuhrman, Michael was first on location and helped secure exclusive interviews with the USCG rescue team and one of the survivors, as well as powerful footage of the extraction operation. When ABC lost its photographer and a replacement was unable to make it to Ketchikan in time, Michael was even asked to shoot the final live shot with the correspondent for Good Morning America -- on the only camera available to the crew, a Canon 5D, the first time gear like that has ever been used for a live shot. Talk about rescues...


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ABC News Nightline / "NFL National Anthem Protest"
White LineLONG-FORMAT BREAKING NEWS  /  May 24, 2018  /  On this highly sensitive story for Nightline, Michael Harris was assigned by ABC News at about 1:15pm to produce and conduct an interview with Seattle Seahawks player Doug Baldwin scheduled to begin at 2:15pm, then rush the material across town -- in rush-hour traffic -- to feed to ABC at 4pm, in time for editors in New York to complete an extended feature airing that evening. The interview with Mr. Baldwin was powerful, and the show turned out to be one of the best so far this year. This is why ABC News calls producers like Michael "fixers."



ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America and All Programs / "Deadly Train Derailment in Washington State"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  December 18-20, 2017  /  Producer/photojournalist Michael Harris was assigned by ABC News to work with Denver-based producer Connor Burton and correspondent Clayton Sandell on this horrific train derailment an hour from Michael's hometown Seattle -- an Amtrak route that he's taken with his kids numerous times over the years. Three people would perish in this accident, with several more sent to hospital with critical injuries. Michael, Connor and Clayton were able to advance the story with elements heard first on ABC, including the true rate of speed of the train at the time of the accident and the fact that it was not employing "Positive Train Control," basically an auto-pilot that controls train speed.  



ABC News 20/20 / "Lights, Camera. Christmas! Inside Holiday Movie Classics"
White LineLONG-FORMAT FEATURE  /  November 22, 2017  /  In this special Wednesday evening 20/20 presentation, Peter Billingsley, the star of "A Christmas Story," discusses some of the most memorable and beloved Christmas movies of all time, including interviews with the stars, and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the most memorable moments from the films.  Michael Harris was gifted with the assignment of interviewing Tracy Shaw, the voice of Lucy in the 1965 "A Charlie Brown Christmas," now a 62-year-old librarian at a Washington state high school.  During the interview, Michael "role-played" with Tracy as Linus and Charlie, which brought back memories and Lucy lines from a half-century ago and some of the best moments of the special.

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 November 16, 2017  /  2018 Christopher Award-Winner!  Producer/Photojournalist Michael Harris worked with New York-based producers Sean Dooley, Jennifer Joseph and Lauren Effron over the course of nearly three years on this special, which follows one family's hopes, hardships, triumphs and multiple surgeries for their now-13-year-old son, born with a rare cranio-facial disorder.  Often producing. conducting interviews and shooting as a "one-man band," Michael was able to gain the trust of the Newman family and their "Wonder Boy" Nathaniel, capturing some of the most compelling moments in the special. The show closes with host Elizabeth Vargas preesnting the Newmans with a wonderful surprise -- a meeting with Christina Aguilera at her LA home, who sings her song, the family's favorite, "Beautiful."  


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ABC News 20/20 / "Heartbreak & Heroes"
White LineDOCUMENTARY  /  October 6, 2017  /  2108 News & Documentary Emmy Award-Winner.  Producer Michael Harris was entrusted with this highly sensitive interview segment with firefighter Dean McAuley, part of the critically acclaimed special edition of ABC News 20/20 called "Heartbreak & Heroes."  The powerful special weaves stories like Dean's with others in a minute-by-minute account of how lives converged, were upended and changed forever after a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others in the deadliest shooting in modern American history. The hour features the heroes who helped one another through the horrific tragedy and a moment of crisis that was felt around the world. Victims, eyewitnesses and first responders share their accounts of what happened as the events of that horrific night unfolded. Michael and ABC also sent Dean back to a hospital in Las Vegas, reuniting him with the woman whose life he saved that night.  It was the highlight of the special. This is the 15th mass shooting Michael has covered for ABC News in the last five years.


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ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Homeowner Arrested After Fatally Shooting Intruder he Found in his Shower"
White LineBREAKING NEWS /  April 3, 2017  /  Michael Harris was assigned by ABC News as an editorial producer on its coverage of this regional news story with possibly national implications. A Washington state homeowner was arrested on murder charges after he fatally shot a man he found taking a shower in his home, according to police. The homeowner shot the intruder multiple times after, he said, he noticed signs of forced entry at his home in Mason County, Washington, the county sheriff's office said Saturday. The homeowner was arrested on second-degree murder charges, the office said. BUT WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? Michael would learn that it may have been a tragic mistake that led to the shooting -- the intruder was visiting town to see a friend off to a tour in Afghanistan. The buddies went out drinking, and it appears that he accidentally returned to the wrong home. Why the shooter decided to go get a gun and come back and kill the man with no warming and not calling the police for assistance, we don't know yet. But the sheriff's office announced via Twitter that, "There is more to the story that can not be released yet."

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ABC Nightline / "Questions Surround US Election Results Amid Hacking Accusations, Electoral College Vote"
White LineNEWS MAGAZINE /  December 16, 2016  /  Michael Harris was asked by ABC News Nightline to produce, shoot and conduct interviews for the Washington state content in this long-format news piece. Reports of Russian hackers attempting to influence the recent election prompted some members of the Electoral College rethinking their votes. At least one has been paying a price for it, receiving hate mail and threats. But he says the anger of his fellow Americans will not deter him from putting principle over party.


ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Gunman Opens Fire in Mall Rampage"
White LineBREAKING NEWS /  September 23 - 26, 2016  /  Michael Harris produced the first coverage of this breaking story of yet another mass shooting in America -- this time, five people shot down in shopping mall in Burlington, Washington, an hour away from Michael's home. At the time he arrived at the scene late Friday evening, September 23rd, search helicopters filled the air over the mall looking for the shooter, who was still at large and thought to be in the immediate area. Michael was able to navigate an extraordinarily sensitive and even dangerous situation unfolding in Burlington and work with veteran correspondent Neal Karlinsky and his crew to prepare a live report for Good Morning America by 4:02 am Pacific time. He was even able to drive an hour north to secure and conduct an exclusive interview at 1am with a couple who witnessed the shooting, the husband credited with returning to the murder scene as the shooter was still active to save others. This was the 13th mass shooting Michael has covered for ABC News in the last five years, and the second with the shooter still at large and in the area.

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ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Deadly Militia Standoff in Oregon"
White LineBREAKING NEWS /  January 6 - February 2016  /  Contributing Producer and Video Journalist Michael Harris was part of the ABC News team covering this story of an armed right-wing militia group occupying a federal wildlife refuge in remote eastern Oregon. Three weeks in, this relatively peaceful protest in the frozen high dessert would soon turn deadly, with the FBI ambush of the leaders and the shooting death of spokesman LaYoy Finicum.  Thereafter, the small town of Burns soon was inundated with open-carry "patriot" groups, additional enforcement agents, and citizens wtih splt opinions on the arguments but united in wanting everyone to go home.  Including the media. 

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ABC News Good Morning America / "Battle Over Post-Game Prayer"
White LineHOT BUTTON /  October 15th, 2015  /  This story -- part of Good Morning America's "Hot Button" series -- addresses the interesting Constitutional question of whether or not a footbal coach at a public high school should be allowed to pray with his students after the game, a routine he's been doing for nine years.  In this interview with Contributing Producer Michael Harris, Joe Kennedy says he can, and he will the evening of this newscast, despite a threat of losing his job.  


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All ABC News Shows / SPECIAL REPORT "Massacre on Oregon Campus"
White LineBREAKING NEWS /  October 1st, 2015  /  The small town of Roseberg, Oregon falls victim to yet another mass shooting on a U.S. school campus, nine killed this time at a community college. Contributing Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris worked with veteran ABC News correspondent Neal Karlinsky and producers Sabina Ghebremedhin and Brandon Chase and others in a incomprehensibly difficult situation.  Michael's first task was editorial -- to verify whether it the shooter specifically targeted Christians, a point disputed between witnesses. The rest of the week was focused on talking -- listening -- to eyewitnesses, gaining their trust, advancing a better understanding of whart happened. Finding heroes, like the combat vet and now student at Umpqua Community College, who fought back the shooter, keeping him from killing more, takling sven bullets.  The scene was beyond words, but we had to find them.  The small team of about 10 from ABC News also had to contend with a chartered plane with some 100 photographers, producers and bookers sent to the scene by competing network NBC News.  Others were equally aggressive in putting people on the ground, ceaselessly "door knocking" victims' families, fighting for exclusives.  The media madness in this devastated community made this one of the most challenging of any assignment. The deeply religious, largely gun-owning, conservative Roseberg folk also wary of the politicization of the tragedy, brought on, some said, by media coverage. They didn't want journalists there, they didn't even want the President there.  But we had to come to Roseberg and do our job, in this case to finally try to make sense of this epidemic of gun violence in this country.  But no, safely said. none of us wanted to be there, not for that reason.  We've seen enough of these. 


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ABC News Good Morning America / "Doomed Plane Parachutes: Pilot Exclusive"

BREAKING NEWS / EXCLUSIVE   /  January 29, 2015  /  In this follow-up to a Good Morning America report about a doomed plane that parachuted to safety into the Pacific, Contributing Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris helped score a rare "double-exclusive" - an exclusive, highly coveted network interview with the pilot, AND an exclusive to GoPro video that he shot as his airplane descended toward the ocean. The fascinating piece, co-produced by ABC's Sabina Ghebremedhin and written and reported by correspondent Neal Karlinsky, was seen by some ten million viewers worldwide.

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ABC News Good Morning America / "Doomed Plane Parachutes Into Pacific Ocean"

BREAKING NEWS  /  January 27, 2015  /  Contributing Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris enterprised this amazing story of survival for ABC News Good Morning America, about a 25-year-old pilot who was delivering a new plane across the Pacific when it encountered a fuel system failure. He was forced to ditch the plane in the middle of the ocean. However, this model of Cirrus aircraft is equipped with a powerful parachute on the tail section, which allowed the pilot to float safely into the Pacific -- all of which was captured on video by Coast Guard rescuers.

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ABC News 20/20 / "Meet the Parents"

LONG-FORMAT NEWSMAGAZINE  /  January 16, 2015  /  For this powerful long-format feature for ABC News "20/20," Contributing Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris followed a mother and father in Washington State fighting to keep their five-year-old son from being taken away from them because of their marijuana use. Over the course of almost two months, Michael was the producer on location, the photojournalist, conducted interviews, and recorded sound - a "one-man band." The report drew high ratings and great feedback from the network. The New York producer wrote, "Just want you to know how happy folks here are with this piece. Having you there to follow everything really made it special."

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ABC World News and Good Morning America / "High School Shooting in Washington State"

BREAKING NEWS  /  October 24 - 25, 2014 /  For this report and others for ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris was rushed to Marysville, Washington to cover the breaking news of a 15-year-old high school student who opened fire on classmates, killing four and critically injuring another before turning the gun on himself. The shooter, a popular football player and "Homecoming Prince," was a member of the local Tulalip Tribes, and actually was cousins and best friends with one of those critically injured, Nate Hatch. Through his relationships in the Native community, Michael was able to secure an exclusive interview with Donald Hatch, grandfather of Nate and relative of the shooter's family. (Nate was released from the hospital on Thursday, November 6th, and posted a Twitter message saying, "I love you and forgive you Jaylen. Rest in peace."


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White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  July 19-22, 2014 /  For this report and others for ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris was one of two photographers assigned to the Carlton Complex Fire, the biggest in Washington State history. The fire burned over 400 square miles in the north-central part of the State, wiping out at least 300 homes. Michael was one of the first photojournalists on the scene at the small town of Pateros, where the inferno roared over the hill "like a freight train" with little warning and turned much of the town into ashes. His interviews with residents there appeared prominently on World News Tonight With Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America. As a "one-man band," with much of the cell phone and internet coverage in the region out due to the fire, Michael was entrusted by ABC News to work independently and gather news in one of the most challenging and dangerous locations imaginable.

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White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  June 6, 2014  /  A student building monitor disarms a gunman at Seattle Pacific University, subduing him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said, helping to end an attack that left one student dead and three others injured. Contributing Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris worked with Seattle Bureau Chief Brandon Chase, photojournalist Rob Weller and Correspondent Neal Karlinsky on this report for ABC News Good Morning America. Michael was one of the first journalists on the scene, as the shooting happened less than a mile away from his Seattle office.

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White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  June 5, 2014  /  Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris put together this report for ABC News Good Morning America on a daring "Ocean 11"-style caper in the little town of Puyallup, WA, where burglars made off with over a million dollars in gold jewelry. Correspondent Neal Karlinsky reports.

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White LineDAYTIME/TOPICAL INTERACTIVE  /  For this powerful segment for Katie Couric's internationally syndicated Disney/ABC Television Group daily show, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris helped arrange a surprise reunion between a survivor of the deadly Oso mudslide disaster and the firefighter who saved her life. The segment was taped before a live studio audience in New York, with Michael producing via Skype in Snohomish, WA. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

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ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Deadly Mudslide in Washington"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  March 23-31, 2014 /  For this report and others for ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris managed to secure some of the first interviews with survivors and families struck by the one of the largest and most deadly landslides in American history -  literally the side of a mountain collapsing one Saturday morning and burying an entire neighborhood, 25 occupied homes, even cars traveling on an interstate highway, in a matter of seconds.  Michael worked with Seattle Bureau producer Brandon Chase and veteran correspondent Neal Karlinsky on this extremely challenging story, tough both from a newsgathering perspective as well as, for some of us, being parents with kids - at least three kids lost their lives in this disaster, many were missing. The communities of Darrington, Arlington and Oso were in a state of shock, and local officials and public infomation officers were overwhelmed.  As any of us would be.  And yet our ABC News team managed to stay on top of the story and get the most accurate information to air, and to be entrusted with the most powerful personal stories. Michael interviewed a man named Reed Miller. Reed said he and his son were having dinner that night.  He left to get groceries, saw the emergency vehicles, was told by the clerk that there was a mudslide at Steelhead Drive -  where he lived.  Reed rushed home, but couldn't make it.  State Route 530 was under 30 feet of mud.  His neighborhood gone. His house buried, with his son insde. More stories of both heartache and heroism emerged as the frantic and impossible search went on. Michael continued on the mudslide coverage for another week, not just producing but as the only assigned ABC photojournalist on the Darrington side, gathering some of the first pool images from inside the slide area -  which is effectively now a graveyard. The number of those killed in the disaster currently stands at 41 souls, with one person still missing - the brother of the first interview that Michael did in Arlington.  This story will continue for months and years to come.

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ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Overwhelmed"
White LineFEATURE  /  For this "Heat Index" feature for Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris shadowed Maureen Devine Estep, a Seattle advertising executive and mother of two small children as she rushes through her day, from morning breakfast with the kids to daycare dropoff to a "crazy" day at work. How does she stay "on"?  What are her tips to avoid getting overwhlemed?  Michael not only produced the piece and conducted the interviews but also shot it for ABC News. 

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 /  For this report for ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris managed to secure exclusive one-on-one interviews with two of the three survivors of this spectacular bridge collapse on Interstate 5 in Mt. Vernon, Washington -- including 20-year-old Bryce Kennings, who just hours after being released from the hospital recounts to correspondent Neal Karlinsky his extraordinary experience, how "an explosion of dust" happened in front of him, launching his new Suburu some 50 feet into 30-something-degree water and treacherous currents. No other network news got this interview. 

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ABC World News With Diane Sawyer / "A Family of Heroes (OK Tornado)"
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 /  For this powerful report for ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris was assigned a very personal task for Diane Sawyer -- she wanted Michael to find and secure an exclusive interview with the family depicted in perhaps the most iconic photograph from the May 20, 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Navigating his way through a disaster area of unimaginable scale, Michael somehow located the Cobb family, earned their trust, and then arranged a live-to-tape, New York-to-Moore interview between the Cobbs and their 9-year-old daughter, Jordan.  This extraordinary moment was one of the highlights of ABC's team coverage of the disaster.

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ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Bank Vault Survivor (OK Tornado)"
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 /  As part of the ABC News team on the ground in Moore, OK, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris found a newlywed who was making a deposit in her bank as the largest tornado in recorded history bore directly down upon her.  With winds of 210-mph slamming the small bank, 22 employees and customers took refuge in the vault, somehow managing to keep its unhinged door shut as the building collapsed around them. Michael conducted the interview for ABC News.  As he took Dena Clarke back to the bank for the first time since she was rescued, Dena finally found her car -- it was crumpled and leaning vertically atop the rubble.   

ABC News Good Morning America / "Plane Crashes Into House"
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EXCLUSIVE  /  For this report for ABC News Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris managed to secure the only news interview that day with an 18 year-old who was in a room just a few feet above the garage where a small plane crashed, killing the pilot and critically injuring the passenger. The exclusive report led the newscast, with the show's producer in New York congratulating Michael on his "AWESOME work last night... That was incredible, your work headlined the show this morning.  Brilliant."



ABC News Good Morning America / "Lion Kills Woman"
White LineEXCLUSIVE  /  Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris secured and conducted the only interview on broadcast network news with the father and brother of 24 year-old Dianna Hanson, a Seattle-area wildlife biologist killed by a lion in a sanctuary near Fresno, California.  Michael was the first to learn that the woman wasn't "mauled by a lion," as other news outlets were reporting, but in fact was just a victim of a freak accident.  The lion had somehow let itself out of its enclosure, went into another where Dianna was working, caught her off-guard, and probably starving for attention and just wanting to play, accidentally snapped the woman's neck and killed her instantly.  As a longtime Wildlife Specialist with an understanding of the dangers of social, confined mega-fauna, Michael pursued an angle that no other journalist thought to explore. And he allowed the family to share the message that they felt Dianna would've wanted to convey -- don't blame the lion.  And don't be afraid to follow your dreams, as she did.  

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ABC News Good Morning America / "Shopping Mall Shooting Near Portland, OR"
White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  For this dramatic report on ABC News Good Morning America, Producer/Video Journalist Michael Harris was asked to rush from Seattle to Clackamas, Oregon, south of Portland, to join a large West Coast Bureau contingent covering a mass shooting in a shopping mall full of Christmas shoppers.  A  masked 22-year-old had just killed two and critically injured another before turning the gun on himself.  Over 10,000 shoppers had to be evacuated and at times rescued from the terror by true heroes, including a young Macy's employee whom Michael booked and brought to the GMA set for an exclusive live interview, reuniting him with the first customer he saved from the mall.  It was a beautiful moment in an otherwise horrific day, one in which Michael also talked to a husband whose wife just hours before had a rifle pointed in her face, only to have the weapon jam, saving her life.  Of course, just days after this tragedy in Oregon, the country lost 26 people, including 20 children, in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.  

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ABC News World News With Diane Sawyer  / "Buy American Ban?"White LineGENERAL ASSIGNMENT  /  This report on ABC World News With Diane Sawyer last Christmas was one of those rare, quiet victories for journalism. Michael Harris was assigned to help produce and shoot a "skirmish on the Buy American front," a story about the City of Seattle's transit system rejecting a group's efforts to place "Buy American" ads on its buses, claiming they violated its policy against running political statements. As Michael and the ABC team were preparing the report for that evening, making numerous calls to the City requesting interviews, the transit system started squirming.  By the end of that day, they reversed their decision, saying, "Upon further evaluation... the ad does not express an opinion about a public issue but rather is a promotion of a sale of goods. Therefore, we will allow it to run."   Michael shot this entire piece, start to finish, including capturing a wonderful moment with a young Christmas shopper dressed in a Santa outfit watching a holiday toy train through a department store window... and no doubt getting ready to go inside with her parents to buy something American.

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ABC News Good Morning America / "Four Officers Gunned Down"White LineBREAKING NEWS  /  The following is a live report from the scene of a horrendous crime near Tacoma, Washington, where four police officers were gunned down in cold blood while in a coffee shop.  The gunman was still in the immediate area on the loose while Michael, correspondent Neal Karlinsky and the other ABC News producers were doing their live shot for Good Morning America. The crew had to be protected by a contingent of officers, guns drawn, while search helicopters hovered overhead.


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White LineFEATURE  /  Michael Harris was asked to work with veteran CBS Producer George Osterkamp and West Coast Correspondent John Blackstone on a very unique report from Seattle, where at the strike of midnight that night became the first State to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Rather than a stereotypical "stoner" angle, we found and booked interview subjects which included the Seattle City Attorney, a nine-time Ironman triathlete and former Silicon Valley banker, Microsoft entrepreneurs, and famous travel personality Rick Steves. The desk also asked Michael (delicately) to seek a garden of the newly legalized herbs for B-Roll.  With the help of a popular local dispensary, we scored. 

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Michael Harris was hired by Yahoo! and flown down to its global headquarters in Sunnyvale, California each week to produce original content for the company's platforms, which at that time reached an estimated 621 million unique users a month.  As part of a four-person "Digital Media Bureau," Michael was a "one-man band," producing, shooting, writing, editing and doing voice work for Yahoo!, with assignments taking him to Taiwan, the Tech Crunch Conference in New York City, the Cellular Technology Association (CTIA) Conference in San Francisco, and the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in Nashville.  He also enterprised an extraordinary content relationship with his other client, ABC News, creating and then producing, writing, shooting and editing "Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon," exclusive three-minute segments seen every Friday on ABC World News Now.  That relationship grew into a highly publicized content partnership between the two companies in October 2011, with ABC News announcing that within a year its unique users grew 170 percent, making the Yahoo!-ABC alliance at that time the world's #1 online news source.  By the end of Michael's contract, "Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon" was seen on 383 stations each week, reaching (per Cision) over 9.2 million people.

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"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 12-24-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 12-17-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 11-26-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 11-19-10
"Yahoo! LIVE at the Country Music Awards / ABC World News Now" 11-10-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-29-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-22-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-15-10 
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-8-10 
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-1-10
"Yahoo! Live From the Country Music (CMA) Awards: High Notes & Yahoos" 11/11/2010 
"Yahoo! Live From the CMAs: What Users Want to Know Most About You?" 11/10/10 
"Yahoo! Live From the CMAs: Fashion" 11/10/10
"Yahoo! News Bytes / James Franco" 
"Yahoo! News Bytes / MTV Video Music Awards" 
"Yahoo! News Bytes / David Beckham"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Korean Drama/Seoul International Drama Awards 2010"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Taipei. Taiwan Pt 1"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Taipei, Taiwan Pt 2"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Internet Safety"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / New York and Tech Ticker"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / SF and Collective Soul"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Mobile Snack"


VH1/MTV Selected Clips
White LineMichael Harris has been a freelance Producer/Interviewer for MTV and VH1 (Viacom), dating back to his first MTV Week in Rock/Year in Rock interviews in 1992 with Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana, on through some of the network's most iconic interviews during Seattle's "grunge" era, when the Jet City produced four consecutive #1 records on the Billboard list. His exclusive subjects have included Soundgarden, Mudhoney, members of Pearl Jam and one of the last interviews with Nirvana's Curt Cobain before his suicide in 1994. For the last several years, Michael has been tapped to produce and interview recording artists and comedians for at least 12 currently running VH1 "clip shows," including Undateable, The 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock, Black to the Future, A2Z, and The Great Debate.


"Popular Science With Dean Stockwell" and "PopSci"
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Michael Harris was the Senior Writer/Editor for Mark Dwyer's acclaimed Discovery Communications/The Learning Channel series, Popular Science With Dean Stockwell, and its companion youth series for Discovery Kids/Discovery Latin America, PopSci.  Michael was actually the ONLY contractual writer on the series when it launched, working closely with the editors of the magazine Popular Science to translate sometimes highly complex science stories to a broad television audience, and then to do the same for young people.  The result was a compelling, spectacular and at times quite funny 22 episodes, which went on to win a number of prestigious industry awards, including three International Monitor Awards, two International Telly Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award for its show design.  PopSci also earned a coveted Cable Ace nomination for "Best Children & Youth Series, Educational."  Some 15 years after its premiere episodes, Popular Science and PopSci are still being used in classrooms across the country as a valuable learning tool.  

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