I am a Negro,
Black as the night is Black
Black like the depths of my Africa
Chris Harris was born and raised in a town near the southeastern coast of North Carolina named Whiteville where the population stands at 5,168.
Chris is a 2001 graduate of Whiteville High School where he was a four year letterman in track and field, two time All Waccamaw Conference selection and state semi-finalists in the 200-meters.
Chris attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he was again a four-year letterman in track and field, acquiring All-Academic Honors for NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference in 2004 and 2005. Other athletic achievements included being named Track and Field Male Scholar athlete of the Year. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in ’05 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism.
Chris’ journalistic experience includes writing for the University of North Carolina Pembroke’s “Pine Needle,” that transitioned into a 2004 internship with “USA TODAY,” becoming the first student of the journalism program to achieve such status under the current staff which in turn exposed Chris’ writing to a national audience. “USA TODAY” opened up other doors, such as a freelance assignment with the Smithfield (N.C.) “Herald” in 2005 and then with the “The Daily Dispatch” in Henderson, N.C. from 2006-2009 and the “Times-Dispatch” in Richmond, Virginia from ’09-’14.
While with “The Daily Dispatch,” Chris covered prep athletics, simultaneously served as assistant editor and editor on an interim basis from April to July 14, 2008.
With the “Richmond Times-Dispatch,” Chris covered Virginia State University and Virginia Union University of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and high school athletics.