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OHIO alumnus Leon Harris wins service award

Oct 30, 2012

Leon Harris, right, is pictured with one of the cofounders of World of Children, Harry Leibowitz, at the World of Children Awards Ceremony last week in New York City. Harris was honored with the 15th Anniversary Special Recognition Award.

OHIO alumnus Leon Harris wins World of Children Special Recognition Award

ATHENS, Ohio (OCT. 30, 2012)—Leon Harris, BSC ’83, HON ’99, a graduate of the Scripps College of Communication and anchor of WJLA-TV7, the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate, received the 15th Anniversary Special Recognition Award at the World Of Children Award Ceremony Thurs., Oct. 25, in New York City for his “life-changing work for children.”

Harris, who serves on the board of World of Children, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of children throughout the world, was recognized for his early leadership in the organization.

Harris is also a generous supporter of the Scripps College of Communication, and has named the Harris Student Support Center in the College’s new integrated facility—tentatively being called the Schoonover Center for Communication—that will open in 2013 on Ohio University’s main campus.

“We’re extremely proud of Leon for all of his service work,” said Scripps Interim Dean Scott Titsworth. “Here at Ohio University, he has given of his time by serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council, his talent as a visiting professional and through funding for not only the Harris Student Support Center, but for a long-standing scholarship in his name earmarked for students in the School of Media Arts and Studies, where Leon studied years ago.”

The World of Children Award is led by co-founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret, whose dream is to bestow a Nobel Prize-like award to honor individuals who dramatically improve vulnerable children’s lives. Since 1998, the World of Children Award has granted more than $5 million in cash grants and program support to 95 honorees who are the driving force behind programs serving children in more than 140 countries.