Barbara Harrison Biography
Barbara Harrison is an American journalist who has been in the industry for more than 35 years. She grew up on the campus of Prairie View A&M University.
Her father was a journalism professor here. Barbara left Texas and attended Vassar College situated in Poughkeepsie New York. She then attended Columbia University, New York, for her Master’s Degree.
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In her 35 years of working, she has covered everything from politics to performing arts and from crime to the plight of abused and abandoned children. She has also established herself as one of Washington’s most inventive interviews.
She worked alongside Joe Krebs for more than 15 years and the two were the area’s number 1 morning newscast. Her most enduring legacy is that she created a program to help children in foster care. The organization is known as Wednesday’s Child and is credited with helping and finding permanent homes for many children in Washington.
Barbara has also written and hosted numerous special programs. The programs include her annual Christmas on Embassy Row special. Here, she shares cultures and traditions from all over the world that are celebrated in the local embassies.
She began her career in TV journalism as a writer working for WNET-TV situated in New York. She then moved to San Francisco and this brought a move to the on-air side of the broadcast business. She worked as a host of ABC owned radio stations, KSFX and KGO-Radio.
She moved back to Texas and worked as an anchor at KDFW-TV. She returned to San Francisco in 1980 where she was an anchor at KGO-TV.
Harrison then joined the staff at WRC or NBC4 in the fall of 1981. She has won several awards including, the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also honored her with The Ted Yates Award for outstanding community service.
She has also received the prestigious Tufty Award for outstanding journalism from the Washington area chapter of American Women in Radio and Television.
Barbara Harrison Retirement
Barbara paid her tributes to NBC 4 News on 27th June 2019 after retiring from live TV to pursue a new career. It has been a fruitful career at NBC 4 News but she will still remain with the team.
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Adopted Wednesday’s Child Beats Odds, Becomes Police Officer
Jaron was just 3 years old when we first met him.
A foster child since birth, he was diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome and any prospective adoptive families would be told he could have developmental delays.
But one family watching Wednesday’s Child on NBC4 years ago saw something special in Jaron.
“The day I saw him it was on television — your show — and for some reason, it was like a magnet, like ‘we want that child,” recounted Earl Taylor.
Earl and his wife Sarah Taylor were both officers in the U.S. Air Force and had been thinking about adoption before being transferred to the D.C. area from Colorado.
“We had just started the process when we got an assignment here in the Washington, D.C. area,” Sarah said.
They had found a home, but the timing was off. The Taylors needed to get settled, but Sarah called to ask about Jaron anyway.
“We knew that [he] was the one we wanted to try to adopt,” Earl said.
“I said, if I can’t have that one, then I don’t want any,” Sarah said.
The call led to several visits with Jaron, and Earl said they knew from the first visit that there was no turning back.
“The first day that I saw him, he came up to me and he asked. He said, ‘Are you, my daddy?'” Earl said. “And I said, yes, I am.”
It didn’t take long for Jaron to bond with Sarah as well. She was convinced on his first overnight visit.
“One evening, we were in my bedroom watching television and he looked up at me at said, ‘you know, I love you,” Sarah recounted. “I just didn’t know what to do after that.”
Although social workers had warned about the long-term effects of Jaron’s mistreatment as an infant, the Taylors decided to use their own brand of healing for their son.
“The ladies were advocating that he needed to have Ritalin and he was ADHD and all that,” Earl said. “I told them, no, all he needs is love and all he needs is attention and direction.”
The Taylors brought Jaron home to his new brick house and the years just seemed to fly by.
Today, Jaron still stops by home regularly when he gets off work — Now sporting a uniform. Jaron is now a police officer in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
He still remembers things about coming home the first time at just 3 years old.
“I guess the main one would be in the driveway asking my dad, ‘Are you, my dad?'”
Jaron says he also remembers his dad responding with a yes.
Those were tender moments with two career military parents who could be tough, too, Jaron told NBC4’s, Barbara Harrison.
“Tough but not pushy. They got the job done. Here I am now,” he said with a laugh.
His parents are very proud of the man Jaron has become after overcoming challenges, including the shaken baby syndrome that led some to say he would never run or ride a bike.
“A lot of the things they told us that he couldn’t do or he wouldn’t be able to do, he’s done,” Sarah said. “When you’re a police officer, you have to run.”
Jaron remains close with his parents, teaching martial arts classes with mom Sarah in Fort Washington and cheering on the Redskins with dad Earl.