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Emmy award-winning journalist Harry Hairston joined NBC 10 in 2004. He was previously an investigative reporter with WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to that, he did double duty anchoring and reporting at Viacom stations WKBD and WWJ, also in Detroit. Earlier in his career he was a reporter and anchor at WTOG in Tampa, Florida, and was an anchor/reporter for WICU in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Hairston has received multiple Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for his work at NBC10. In 2013 he received an Emmy for his investigative series uncovering candy drop box scammers. His exclusive reports led to two men being arrested and convicted for their crimes.
In 2012 he received an Emmy for his exclusive jailhouse interview with Rabbi Fred Neulander inside New Jersey's maximum security state prison. He was the only reporter, locally or nationally, to interview the Rabbi, who was serving time for the 1994 murder of his wife.
He received another Emmy in 2012 for his exclusive report on a New Jersey school teacher who bullied a special needs student in class. The report led to the firing of the teacher and garnered national and international attention.
In 2011 he was named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and in 2008 he garnered a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Best General Assignment Reporter.
Some of Hairston’s other notable stories include elaborate internet romance scams and the uncovering of a ‘cell phone jammer’ travelling on Philadelphia commuter buses who was deliberately jamming other commuter’s phones. The story was picked up nationally by major networks and was reported on web sites The Daily Beast and Huffington Post.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hairston holds a bachelor’s degree from Gannon College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He and his wife live in the Philadelphia area.