Jay Harris


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about Jay

His charming personality lights up your television screen, his tidy and poised presence demands the attention of a room, and his witty delivery is the perfect compliment to fantastic highlights put together for the millions of viewers who tune in to ESPN's Sportscenter. During his tenure at ESPN, Jay Harris has hosted a variety of shows and special broadcasts, including the new Sportscenter AM, Sportscenter Los Angeles, Outside The Lines, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, Cold Pizza, First Take, Friday Night Fights, and ESPN Sports Saturday on ABC.

Jay’s knowledge and longevity in the industry has earned him several honors including: a Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals, a Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. He was also part of two Emmy Award-winning Sportscenter shows. Harris is a 1983 graduate of Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC. A 1987 graduate of Old Dominion University, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003, and served as the keynote speaker for ODU's 100th commencement ceremony in 2004. He currently serves on ODU's Board of Visitors.


Reroute: An Indirect Path to Your Greatest Dreams


Jay Harris is living his childhood dream; anchoring one of the most popular television programs in history and providing color and context to the greatest stories and highlights of the 21st century is how he spends most mornings. His professional journey has brought him into the homes of millions as the host of SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, and others. He is at the very pinnacle of his field.  

But the path to get here hasn’t always been easy.

In his signature program, Reroute, Jay shares with you his personal and professional journey from a student leader and fraternity man at Old Dominion University to Emmy Award-winning journalist at ESPN.  Along the way, he discovered every great dream is achieved through a series of starts, stops, steps, and missteps. The message of this program will resonate with all students but is particularly important for new students who are beginning to explore their educational and career path.   

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Learn important undergraduate and career lessons from a highly-respected professional journalist
  • Explore the concepts of planning and resiliency as it relates to goal attainment
  • Consider how the path to their career goal will likely be nonlinear
  • Begin to develop a mindset of “rerouting” as it relates to the path from where they are to where they wish to be
Ideal Audiences
  • Distinguished Speaker Series
  • New Student Orientation
  • First Year Experience
  • Athletics
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Keynote
  • Virtual

Because of Fraternity


We have all heard the cliché that “fraternity changed my life," but for Jay Harris, it really did.


In his signature program, Because of Fraternity, he recounts how his membership in a fraternal organization was essential to his success. From the sorority scholarship he got when he became an undergrad to his chapter brother giving him his first job in journalism, Jay knows fraternity has made a difference in his journey. In this thoughtful program, highlighted by Jay's humor and wit, he not only recounts how his life has been bettered by fraternity but also encourages and challenges current members to see how their experiences are influenced and impacted by all those who wear letters.


Because of Fraternity also culminates with a challenge for current members to recognize their responsibility to leave their chapters and organizations safe for future generations.  

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Learn about the role of fraternal organizations on life and career of one of America's top journalists
  • Reflect on how membership comes with privileges and opportunities
  • Explore the role of being your "brother's keeper" and how it is actualized in daily choices
Ideal Audiences
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • Greek Week Programming

  • Keynote
  • Virtual
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