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Don Harris is the Emmy award-winning weekday Sports Anchor and Sports Director for News 4 San Antonio. He celebrates 25 years with the station this year. Don was most recently honored with an Emmy award for Best Sports Anchor. It was his second Emmy award in two years. His sports anchoring has been recognized with eight Emmy nominations. He also serves as the play by play voice of "Thursday Night Lights" a local live high school football broadcast, and as a color commentator on televised UTSA football broadcasts.

In 2009, Harris was presented with the prestigious Edna McGaffey Media Excellence Award by the San Antonio Express-News and the local chapter of American Women in Communications for his work on the air and in the community. 

In 1998 Harris started the Don Harris Golf Classic, a golf tournament benefiting the Arthritis Foundation and The Family Service Association. Many top local sports celebrities have taken part helping to raise over a million dollars for local children. The tournament has grown into the "Don Harris/Harvey Najim Golf Tournament for Kids" and will now help the San Antonio Family Service Association, The Autism Treatment Center, S.A. Youth, and the First Tee Of San Antonio. Harris also serves on the board of the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation and San Antonio Sports. Both are actively involved in improving the lives of children in San Antonio. Harris works closely with two other local charities. He is on the advisory board of the Miracle League of San Antonio and of Slam Dunk for Life. 

He has won numerous awards from the Texas A.P. Broadcasters for Best Sportscast and Best Sports Story. The News 4 San Antonio Sports department was also honored in the TV Special category for their "Race For The Rings" Spurs Special.  He has been honored numerous times by the Texas A.P. Broadcasters for Best Editorial/Commentary for his "Don's Extra Point." . Harris has covered many major sporting events during his 25 years at News 4 San Antonio including numerous Super Bowls, Final Fours and all five Spurs World Championships. News 4 WOAI's Race for the Rings (Spurs pregame and postgame shows) were among the highest rated shows in San Antonio television history.  In 2000, Don launched "Sports Sunday" - a unique version of a weekly sports show that climbed to the top of the local ratings.  Harris made broadcasting history when he became the first and only broadcaster to host a live radio sports talk show and anchor a live television sportscast - simultaneously!  He has been named as one of the San Antonio Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" rising stars in the local community, and was named "Best Talk Radio host" by the San Antonio Current readers poll. 

Harris is married to wife Julie, who, like Don, attended San Antonio's Churchill High School and the University of North Texas. They have two sons, Landry and Grant.

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