Barbara Harrison anchors News4 Midday for News4 at 11 a.m. each weekday. She also reports the weekly segment
which features children available for adoption.
After more than three decades as a journalist in the nation’s capital she has covered everything from politics to performing arts and from crime to the plight of abused and abandoned children.
She is the creator of NBC4's award-winning "Wednesday's Child", which features foster children in need of permanent adoptive homes. It has been the model for similar programs in major cities across the nation. She also created and anchors the Emmy-Award winning program "Diplomatic Plates," a half hour broadcast with exclusive visits with ambassadors and their families inside their private residences here in Washington. She also produces and hosts an annual holiday special, "Christmas on Embassy Row."
Recognized for her exclusive interviews, Harrison has brought a smorgasbord of accomplished guests to the television screen. Her Black History Month specials have offered unique, up-close interviews with some of the world’s most celebrated actors, performers, and athletes. She has also interviewed presidents and other politicians in Washington. In one of her special reports, "Fitness on the Fast Track," she presented the up-close, personal exercise routines of, among many others, a first lady, a governor, a mayor, and even the secretary of state of the United States.
Although she grew up on the campus of Prairie View A & M University, where her father was a professor of journalism, Harrison left Texas to attend Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She went on to earn a Master's Degree at Columbia University in New York City. It was in that city that she began her career in television journalism as a writer-producer for WNET-TV New York.
A move to San Francisco also brought a move to the on-air side of the broadcast business. She became host of popular radio shows on the ABC-owned stations KSFX and KGO-Radio. She moved to television with a move back to Texas where she reported and anchored at KDFW-TV in Dallas. In 1980 she returned to San Francisco to anchor at KGO-TV. In the fall of 1981, she joined the staff at WRC/NBC4 in Washington.
In addition the many Emmy and countless other awards for reporting, the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also honored her with The Ted Yeats Award for outstanding community service. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Tufty Award for outstanding journalism from the Washington area chapter of American Women in Radio and Television.