In August 2006, Jay Harris was named anchor of the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. Harris joined ESPN in 2003 as an ESPNEWS and SportsCenter anchor. Before that, Harris was a news anchor/reporter for WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh. His work outside of sports included the trapped coal miners near Pittsburgh and, when he worked in Virginia, the fatal USS Iowa battleship explosion in 1989. Among his other honors, Harris received a Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals, a Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. A native of Norfolk, Va., Harris graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in speech communication in 1987.