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Ex-KCBS newsman George Harris dies at 61

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Photo: I received word this morning that GEORGE HARRIS, a longtime colleague at KCBS Radio died last night of kidney failure. 

I was the morning editor for several years when George was the morning reporter. George and I would sometimes get together for "lunch" after getting off at 11am. Sometimes lunch would last until nearly dinner time. But no matter how late he stayed out George would always show up at 5am, ready to go. He was unflappable on the air and was known as the best breaking news reporter in the Bay Area. When George was on the story, you didn't have to worry.

George had a number of health problems through the years. He was once hit by a car while walking home. I visited him often while he was in the hospital. He recovered. He had other problems that attacked his body but he never lost his spirit... or that voice. I will always remember that voice.

We talked before he retired and he said he wanted to keep working but he physically just couldn't do it anymore.
My heart goes out to Camille, Adrian and Isaiah. Your dad was the best!Longtime former KCBS Radio reporter George Harris, who spent 24 years at the station as a reporter and anchor until his retirement for health reasons in 2011, died last night. Blogger Rich Lieberman posts that Harris, who lived in Hayward, died of kidney failure. He was 61. KCBS reporter Bob Butler, who worked with Harris for many years, posts a tribute on his Facebook page. Aside from his radio career, Harris had also done stints in television news, at KING-TV in Seattle, and, for a time, at KRON 4.


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