Tony Harris is a B.A. graduate in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
He entered broadcasting as a nineteen-year-old radio disc jockey in his Baltimore, Maryland. Two years later, he moved to television as a features reporter for an afternoon newsmagazine in Cleveland, Ohio. He rose to co-host. Moving to New York City, he worked as an entertainment reporter for Entertainment Tonight and the Home Box Office. He returned to Cleveland in the early 1990s as a weekend news anchor, then again to New York, and Los Angeles, as a reporter for the Fox Network prime time newsmagazine Front Page.
He returned to local news as lead anchor for WBFF and WNUV in Baltimore, and then for WGCL-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Based at CNN Center in Atlanta, Harris co-anchored CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Sunday Morning with Betty Nguyen until he made the move to anchor CNN Newsroom. He was also a frequent substitute anchor on weekday news programs including American Morning. Harris has won an Emmy Award.
He left CNN at the end of December 31, 2010.
In April 2011, Harris debuted as an anchor on Al Jazeera English. His first broadcast was at 1600GMT on April 12, 2011.