Award-winning television journalist Laura Harris, a 2008 Georgia Southern University honor graduate, will speak to graduating students and guests during fall 2019 commencement ceremonies Friday in Savannah and Saturday in Statesboro.
The Statesboro ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Paulson Stadium. The Savannah ceremony is 1 p.m. Friday in the Savannah Convention Center.
Harris attained her bachelor’s degree in sports management from the university’s School of Health and Kinesiology. She played Division I soccer four years.
Born in Atlanta, she now co-anchors the morning and midday newscasts at NBC-5 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. She previously worked with the ABC affiliates in Tampa, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina. Earlier, she worked for WNEG-TV in Athens, Georgia, CNN Sports and TNT Sports in Atlanta.
Harris received an Emmy Award for her breaking news coverage of a massive sinkhole that opened in Tampa and has also received Associated Press honors.
She covered Pope Francis’ and President Barack Obama’s historic visits to Cuba in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and both the Republican National Convention from Cleveland, Ohio, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016.
Both fall ceremonies will include students receiving graduate degrees, as well as those receiving baccalaureate degrees.
Graduating students were given a choice of the Statesboro and Savannah locations and will walk across their preferred stage to receive their degrees.