Emmy award-winning journalist Harry Hairston joined NBC 10 in 2004. Before NBC10, Hairston was with WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan as an investigative reporter. Prior to that, he did double duty anchoring and investigative reporting at Viacom stations WKBD and WWJ in Detroit. Hairston also spent time as a news reporter and anchor at WTOG in Tampa, Florida, and was an anchor/reporter for WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania.
In his first few months at NBC10, Hairston received an Emmy nomination for reporting on the dangers of the Internet. In 2008, he garnered a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for 'best general assignment reporter.’ In 2011 he was named ‘Journalist of the Year’ by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
Hairston is the only reporter, locally or nationally, to interview New Jersey Rabbi Fred Neulander, who was convicted in the 1994 murder of his wife. He received an Emmy in 2012 for the exclusive jailhouse interview with the rabbi inside New Jersey's maximum security state prison. He received another Emmy in 2012 for his exclusive report on a New Jersey school teacher who bullied a special needs student in class. The report led to the firing of the teacher and garnered national and international attention.
Other notable stories included elaborate internet romance scams and the uncovering of a ‘cell phone jammer’ travelling on Philadelphia commuter buses who was deliberately jamming other commuter’s phones. The story was picked up nationally by major networks and was reported on web sites The Daily Beast and Huffington Post.
Yet another investigation exposed how two local men used fake ‘candy box charities’, placed in area convenience stores, to lure the public into donating money that they themselves collected. After Hairston's exclusive reports aired the two men were arrested and convicted for their crimes.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hairston holds a bachelor’s degree from Gannon College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He and his wife live in the Philadelphia area.