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ESPN anchor to speak at Belhaven

ESPN’s Jay Harris, who frequently anchors the network’s flagship show Sportscenter, will be at Belhaven University next week as part of the school’s ”Advice from the Pros” speaker series.

Harris’ appearance is in conjunction with Belhaven’s recently adding a sports broadcasting concentration to its overall communications curriculum.

Harris will speak from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Belhaven Barber Auditorium. Students from Ole Miss, Jackson State, Mississippi College and Millsaps are invited. Admission to the event is free.

Harris has been with ESPN since 2003. In 2006, the network selected him to anchor the 6 p.m. EST Sportscenter, the most-viewed time slot for the network’s most popular show. Also speaking is Kelly Jones, morning anchor for KCTV in Kansas City; and Marc Williams, of Williams Communications.

“I know that there will be the initial buzz of ‘Jay Harris is here from ESPN’” said Dr. Nathan Kirkpatrick, assistant professor of sports administration. “That is good, but I am almost happier that students will be hearing from practicing professionals. In class, we practice writing and speaking skills all the time, but Harris and Jones do this every day for a living and can offer another helpful perspective.”

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