Team: Anita M. Harris, Founder
Founder Anita M. Harris is an award-winning communication strategist specializing in marcom, Internet content, media relations,and social media for clients in health, science , technology and energy, worldwide.
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.
Her client list includes The Cochrane Collaboration, The Forsyth Institute, Genzyme Biosurgery, Inspire, Scientia Advisors, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Wyeth (acquired by Pfizer) among others.
Anita has won four Publicity Club of New England Bell Ringer Awards and four International Communicator Awards.
Early in her career, Anita founded and edited a weekly newspaper, and wrote for Newsday, won numerous awards as a documentary producer at WRFM Radio in New York City before joining the MacNeil/Lehrer staff. She has also served as a commentator for National Public Radio, wrote a regular column for MSN.com, and authored Broken Patterns (Wayne State Press, 1995), a nonfiction book concerned with the generational impact of technological change.
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.
Anita has given numerous talks and keynotes and has been featured on Talk of the Nation and the Connection and in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the Detroit News.
For five years, she served as a director of the Social Media Club of Boston and is 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 is the founder and former chair of 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, she enjoys photography (her work has been seen in annual reports, in publications and on the CBS Discovery Channel); classical music, contemporary art, the outdoors, blogging at New Cambridge Observer, and…shopping.