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 hilites put together for the millions of viewers who tune in to ESPN's Sportscenter. During his tenure at ESPN, Jay 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.
Jay is a men’s fashion enthusiast and loves colorful socks, ties and shoes. He personally prepares the suit and accessories he will wear on air each night well in advance.
Jay won a Land Rover by hitting a hole-in-one on 17th hole at The Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational at Southern Highlands Golf Club on July 22, 2014.
Jay shares the same birth date with famed idol and friend, basketball icon Julius Erving. He also hosted Erving’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament.
Jay’s elegant, friendly and outgoing personality make him the perfect on-air and off-air host for a wide array of events. His love for golf paired with his public speaking skills has taken him on a journey, highlighted by hosting The First Annual Julius Erving Golf Classic, and delivering keynote speeches to students and career professionals.
His contagious smile is seen daily by millions across the globe on ESPN and he is one of the world’s most respected sports broadcasters.
Jay's reach on social media and television has given him the platform to reach millions of households on a daily basis. His timeless personality and brand allows him to engage a wide demographic audience.
From millenials to business executives to parents to sports fans, Jay Harris has been helping put products, movies and brands front and center to target audiences across the globe.