Dan Harris
Dan Harris
Name: Daniel B. Harris
Born: July 26, 1971
Occupation: Host, Journalist
Years active: 1993-present
Daniel B. "Dan" Harris (born July 26, 1971) is a correspondent and anchor for ABC News. He's currently one of the anchors for ABC News' Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America alongside Paula Ferris.

Recently, he's been asked to host season two of 500 Questions, replacing first season host Richard Quest.


WLBZ televisionEdit

A 1993 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Harris began his career an anchor for WLBZ in Bangor, Maine.

ABC NewsEdit

Harris joined ABC News in 2000. He anchored World News Sunday from 2006 to 2011 and frequently anchors World News, ABC World News, Tonight weekend editions of Nightline. He is also a frequent contributor to World News. He also anchored ABC's coverage of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005. In October 2010, he was named the new co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America, succeeding Bill Weir. In October 2013, he was named a co-anchor for Nightline, again succeeding Bill Weir.

Harris has reported on a series of events such as the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona, and has covered various natural disasters from the earthquake in Haiti to Myanmar to New Orleans. He has also reported on Combat in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank and has made six visits to Iraq. Domestically, Harris has led ABC News' coverage of faith, with a particular focus on the evangelical movement. He scored one of the first interviews with former pastor Ted Haggard after his sex and drug scandal. In 2013, he covered the papal conclave at Vatican City, which elected Pope Francis.

In 2012, Harris anchored ABC News Digital's debate coverage for the presidential election. In 2014, he covered the shootings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the opening of One World Trade Center in New York.

In addition to those events, Harris has also covered stories on exotic animals such as tigers, lions, clouded leopards and various types of lemurs.

Other VenturesEdit

As mentioned above, On March 1, 2016, it was announced that Harris would become the host of 500 Questions replacing season 1 host Richard Quest.

Life ChangesEdit

Harris' book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - a True Story was published in March 2014. Harris states that the issues that prompted his self-examination, which led him to write the book, was an on-air panic attack on June 7, 2004. In the book, Harris recounts how - with the help of various mental health professionals, religious leaders, self-help gurus, and news industry mentors - he stopped using drugs (Cocaine and Ecstasy) discovered the benefits of meditation and resolved the apparent conflict between meditation-induced equanimity and the aggressive competitiveness required for success as a TV-news journalist.


Harris encourages use of meditation and himself uses a method of watching the breath. His 10% Happier podcasts are interviews with other meditators.


Harris has been honored several times for his journalistic contributions. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on a young Iraqi man who received the help he needed in order to move to America and in 2009 won an Emmy Award for his Nightline report, "How to Buy a Child in Ten Hours".

A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Harris also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Colby and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.


10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - a True Story (2014)
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book (2017)

Personal LifeEdit

Harris father is Jay R. Harris, the chair of Harvard's radiation oncology residency program and recipient of the 2007 American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Gold Medal. His mother, Nancy Lee Harris is a pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is a world authority on lymphomas. Harris' younger brother, Matthew Carmichael Harris, is a venture capitalist. He is married to Dr. Bianca Harris; they have a son named Alexander Robert Harris (born December 15, 2014) They have three cats named Steve, Gus and George. He currently identifies as a Buddhist. He also refers to himself as "half-Jewish and culturally Jewish."

Before he worked for ABC News, Harris was the original drummer for the rock band The Unband.

Show HostedEdit

500 Questions (2016)