Emmy Award-winning digital journalist Michael Harris is considered a top‐shelf network freelancer for such clients as ABC 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, 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 two 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!
Michael Harris has been producing content for ABC News since 2002, first as a Producer and on-air "Wildlife Specialist" and then Contributing Producer and Video Journalist. The following selected "Weekend Window" and "Weekend Adventure" segments were found, produced and written by Michael and photographed by veteran network photojournalist Kevin Ely, with additional photography by Michael. "White Sharks" was photographed by Michael and National Geographic cinematographer Andy Brandy Casagrande IV. 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, part of a deal with 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 our viewers.
WILDLIFE SPECIALIST / Adventure Travel
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Adventure: The Forbidden Island of Ni'ihau"
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"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Loreto, Mexico"
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"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to a Grand Canyon Winter"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Mammoth, California"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Sitka Sound, Alaska"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Kaua'i"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Lana'i"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Fairbanks/The Northern Lights"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Methow Valley, Washington"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Telegraph Cove"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to The San Juan Islands"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Whistler, British Columbia"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Cape Flattery/Makah Nation, Washington"
ABC News Good Morning America "Weekend Window to Prince William Sound, Alaska"
ABC Nightline / "Questions Surround US Election Results Amid Hacking Accusations, Electoral College Vote"
NEWS 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"
BREAKING 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.
ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Deadly Militia Standoff in Oregon"
BREAKING 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.
ABC News Good Morning America / "Battle Over Post-Game Prayer"
HOT 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. Update... he did. And he's not fired. Yet. Stay tuned...
All ABC News Shows / SPECIAL REPORT "Massacre on Oregon Campus"
BREAKING 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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
ABC World News and Good Morning America / "'A Cauldron of Hell' - Washington State Ravaged by Biggest Wildfire in Its History"
BREAKING 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.
ABC News Good Morning America / "Student's Heroic Actions Stop Seattle Campus Gunman"
BREAKING 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.
ABC News Good Morning America / "Burglars Pull Off 'Oceans 11' Gold Heist"
BREAKING 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.
KATIE / "Surviving a Disaster/Oso Landslide Reunion"
DAYTIME/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.
ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Deadly Mudslide in Washington"
BREAKING 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.
ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Overwhelmed"
FEATURE / 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.
ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Stunning Bridge Collapse in Washington"
EXCLUSIVE / 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.
ABC World News With Diane Sawyer / "A Family of Heroes (OK Tornado)"
EXCLUSIVE / 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.
ABC World News and Good Morning America / "Bank Vault Survivor (OK Tornado)"
EXCLUSIVE / 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"
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"
EXCLUSIVE / 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.
ABC News Good Morning America / "Shopping Mall Shooting Near Portland, OR"
BREAKING 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.
ABC News World News With Diane Sawyer / "Buy American Ban?"GENERAL 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.
ABC News Good Morning America / "Four Officers Gunned Down"BREAKING 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.
CBS Evening News / CBS This Morning: "Washington Marijuana Law"
FEATURE / 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.
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 reach 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 now 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.
Yahoo! Digital Media Bureau / Pamela Woon, Scott Warren, Bart Bishoff and Michael Harris.
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 12-31-10
"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" 12-03-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 12-10-10
"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! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 11-11-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 11-10-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 11-5-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-1-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-8-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-15-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-22-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 10-29-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 9-10-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 9-24-10
"Yahoo! Trends With Pamela Woon / ABC World News Now" 9-17-10
"Yahoo! Trends Year in Review / ABC World News Now"
"Yahoo! Live From the Country Music (CMA) Awards" 11/10/2010
"Yahoo! Live From the CMAs / What Users Want to Know Most About You?" 11/10/10
"Yahoo! News Bytes / CTIA Conference"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / MTV Video Music Awards"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / BUSINESS TO BUSINESS: Yahoo! Partner Summit"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Associated Media"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Korean Drama/Seoul International Drama Awards 2010"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Taipei Designer"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / Taipei! Lin Hwai-min of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre & The Queen"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / New York, Pt.2"
"Yahoo! News Bytes / New York, Pt.1"
VH1/MTV Selected Clips
Michael 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"
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.