Anita Harris (Anita M. Harris) is an award-winning communication strategist and author based in Cambridge, MA.
A former national journalist, Anita covered health, science and technology for the MacNeil/Lehrer Report (now the NewsHour) of PBS. She has also served as interim public affairs director at the Harvard School of Public Health, as a public information officer in the Harvard University News Office, and as deputy editor of Public Health Reports, the Journal of the US Public Health Service.
In 1998, she founded the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning PR & digital marketing firm located in Kendall Square. Anita has won four Publicity Club of New England Bell Ringer Awards and four International Communicator Awards.
Anita has served as a commentator for National Public Radio, and as a columnist for MSN.com. She is the author of two books: (1) Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for New Feminine Identity, and Ithaca Diaries, a memoir and social history of college in the 1960s.
She has given numerous talks and keynotes and has been featured on Talk of the Nation, the Connection and in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the Detroit News.
A graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Anita completed a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and fellowships at Boston University and at the Center for International Communications at Tufts University. She has taught communications at Harvard and Yale Universities, at Simmons College, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and in the MBA Program at Babson College.
For five years, she served as a director of the Social Media Club of Boston and has been affiliated with the Publicity Club of New England, the Public Relations Society of America, New England Science Writers and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She also founded and chaired a nonprofit organization serving alumni of 10 prestigious universities and has served on the boards of several arts and alumni organizations.
In her free time, Anita enjoys photography (her work has been included in publications, on the CBS Discovery Channel and in several shows); classical music, contemporary art, the outdoors, blogging at New Cambridge Observer, and…shopping.