From Teamsters to the Russian mob: Former Channel 8 reporter Byron Harris reflects on his career

After moving to Dallas in 1974, former investigative reporter Byron Harris spent his career at ABC affiliate, WFAA, reporting on everything from Medicaid fraud to government secrets at Area 51. He won two Peabody Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards and six duPont-Columbia Awards — the TV equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Five years ago, the Channel 8 newsman retired after more than 40 years on the air. The East Dallas neighbor wanted to fly fish and travel without looking over his shoulder for the Russian mafia or running from bludgeoning Teamsters. Yet Harris hasn’t abandoned journalism in retirement. He still writes for WFAA and is working on a documentary about the 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco.

… The last big story I did, we discovered several hundred million dollars of Medicaid fraud in Texas. That was probably the most important thing I did. …

Source: From Teamsters to the Russian mob: Former Channel 8 reporter Byron Harris reflects on his career / Lakewood / East Dallas Advocate

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