Wayne Harrison helped launch The Denver Channel in 2001 as senior news editor, after an 18-year stint in the KMGH TV newsroom. His work on the website culminated with the digital team winning the 2012 National Edward R. Morrow award for "Best TV Website" (major market) in the entire country.
Wayne started at Channel 7 as a news writer in 1983. Over the next three decades, he held various positions in the KMGH newsroom including producer, senior producer, planning editor, assignment editor and assignment manager.
He worked on the newsroom assignment desk during the Pope's visit to Denver, the Summit of the Eight in Denver, the Oklahoma City bombing trials, and the Columbine tragedy.
While working at 7NEWS, Wayne was named the Colorado correspondent for States News Service, supplying state news summaries for distribution to web portals including Yahoo, Excite, Lycos and to ABC Radio News.
Wayne has been involved in broadcast journalism for more than 45 years, starting in high school. As a radio reporter, he covered the Apollo 11 moon landing from the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston in 1969, and a number of Apollo missions that followed, for the Texas State Radio Network. He also worked as the East Texas bureau chief for the Shreveport Times newspaper during that period.
In 1979 he became the first broadcast journalist in Texas to be jailed for refusing to reveal a news source after he began a series of investigative reports on a crooked East Texas sheriff, while Wayne was news director of a local radio station in Longview, Texas. The sheriff was later indicted and convicted on federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder. Wayne received a number of awards for his investigative reporting in the case, including an award of appreciation from the FBI.
After several years in various positions at KRLD NewsRadio in Dallas, Wayne left Texas to open and manage the Metro Traffic Control office in Minneapolis, Minn., and eventually transferred to manage the Denver Metro Traffic office, where he provided traffic reports for a number of Denver radio stations and for Channel 7 television. He then left radio to move to 7NEWS in 1983.
Wayne was also an online news editor for Topix.net and an editor on the DMOZ Open Directory Project.
He is the founder of Pinecam.com, an award-winning community Web site for the mountain communities southwest of Denver and ran it until 2005, when he turned it over to a Board of Directors he appointed.
He also started Cavechat.org, the official caving forum of the National Speleological Society. After that, he founded OnlineCavers.com and donated it to the NSS. It, became the official social media site of the NSS. He was awarded a Fellowship in the NSS for his online contributions to the Society.
Wayne is also a prostate cancer survivor.
"As I grow older and face challenges, I am reminded of a quote from a movie: 'The ox is slow, but the Earth is patient.'"
Wayne retires from Channel 7 in 2015, after 32 years. He and his wife are retiring to Costa Rica.
E-mail Wayne at Wayne.Harrison@kmgh.com.