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Harris Faulkner: Facing Her Past on ‘A Current Affair’
By Deardra Shuler

Harris Faulkner is hoping to begin life anew and put a terrifying experience behind her. Part of a team of 4 correspondents on the renewed television program “A Current Affair,” which airs weekdays at
6:30 p.m., on the Fox 5 television network, Harris plans to share her tale of terror alongside the tragic tale of murder victim, Miranda Williams, as part of an upcoming “A Current Affair” episode slated to air on Thursday, April 28th.

Faulkner, a six-time Emmy Award winner, was born in 1965, at Fort McPherson, a military base
in Atlanta. Her father was an aviator deployed in Viet Nam. Harris and her mother lived in Germany for over 3 years during his deployment. In 1969, the family moved back to the States. “Racially, America was different then when my parents left. My mother noticed the Colored Only signs no longer existed so Blacks finally had access to public bathrooms,” recalled Harris.
“As a child, I watched a lot of news because my parents watched a lot of news. I don’t know if that was the reason I became a journalist, but certainly, I felt the need to be informed and I had a great curiosity about things.” However, Harris studied Business Economics and Mass Communications at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She worked as a junior accountant for a while in L.A. “I started freelancing for the L.A. Weekly as their business writer. However, as I continued to write, I noticed the people behind the cameras seemed to be having fun. It made me interested in broadcast journalism. One day, I met a reporter who worked at KCLP-Channel 13, who thought I had a voice suited for broadcast journalism. The minute I walked through KCLP’s door and looked around, I was hooked.”

Faulkner worked at minimum wage while continuing to hold two other jobs. Her assignments led to on-camera work, which led to a job as a general assignment reporter in Greenville, NC. “My mission was to learn quickly, put together a resume tape and move on to my next job. I wanted to work as
close to the Mid West as possible, so I could be near my family who lived in Texas. My next position was at WDAF-TV Fox 4 in Kansas City.” At WDAF, Harris, was given the latitude to grow. She flourished and before long was anchoring. Little did Harris know her life was about to change in a way that would haunt her and change her life forever.

“I met a man who worked as a production assistant at WNCT in North Carolina. He was good looking and a nice guy, I thought. We dated for a few months but I never planned on a long relationship. My main focus was work and sending out resumes so I could move up market sizes. When I got a job in Kansas City, as far as I was concerned the relationship was over; although, I was willing to remain friends. I never expected him to follow me to Kansas City. My focus was on work but as it turned
out his focus was on me. I had no idea he had moved to Kansas City, let alone had moved across the street from me. What I didn’t know was while the relationship had ended for me, in a fantasy sense, it continued for him. And, what I didn’t know, was he was the type of person that wasn’t about to let go.”

Harris started receiving flowers and phone calls from her unwanted suitor. The calls amounted to 50
to 60 hang-ups a night. “Though the flowers and calls were annoying, what I found most alarming was that even having told him I was not interested, he still persisted. It was the uncontrollable and unpredictable nature of someone else insinuating themselves into my life despite my desire to the contrary. Initially I didn’t know who sent the flowers but eventually he made certain I knew they
were from him,” explained the young newscaster. “He started following me. Whenever I looked out my rear view mirror, there he was. I would look into a crowd and there he’d be. He called constantly. Although I requested he leave me alone repeatedly, he kept coming.” Harris felt she could handle the situation alone so did not inform her co-workers, fearing she might jeopardize her job if they knew a stalker was after her. She started losing weight as a result of the harassment. “Reflecting back now, if the harassment happened to today, I would tell people. I was young and naive then and thought I
could handle it on my own. However, things escalated and got worse. My stalker was bold and tried
to prove to me he was unstoppable. On one hand he professed love for me, on the other, he threatened me.”

Faulkner’s stalker stood in front of her building watching her apartment for hours. He threatened men she dated with bodily harm. He began keying and writing slurs on her car. He broke into the guard booth of her apartment building in search of a master key to her apartment. When the guard caught him, he threatened the guard with a knife. So fixated was he, not even being arrested at Faulkner’s apartment complex deterred him. “He was able to duplicate both my apartment key
and mailbox key. No matter how many times I changed my phone number he always got it. I had all kinds of Orders of Protections but it seems if a person is determined to find you, they can. Anyone
with gum, putty and determination can make an imprint of your key.”

One night Harris had a face-to-face confrontation with her stalker when she discovered him inside her apartment. They struggled until her screams chased him away. That night Harris thought he was going to kill her. It was then she saw he had rifled through her pictures and saw telltale signs he had been entering her apartment when she wasn’t home. She discovered he had done his laundry in her home. Her stalker was arrested. “While he was in jail, I moved and bought a gun. He was furious once he was released and began his harassment anew. The phone calls resumed and I sensed a more deadly and dangerous edge to them,” explained the young newscaster.

Harris is an advocate for anti-stalking legislature. “I am very involved in doing what I can to lend my support to the Miranda Law. I want Judges and law enforcement officers to examine offender
behavior and keep stalkers in jail. More than 80% of these cases develop out of domestic situations. Usually, stalkers are not strangers to the women they stalk. When I was stalked everyone in my life was stalked. On average, a stalker may stalk their victim over a 12-year period. My stalker went to
jail for a while and was forced to get psychiatric help. However, after his release, he contacted me and did so up until 2000. My harassment started in 1993, and though, I have not heard from him in a
while, I remain wary. Harris, who is now happily married, remains on guard. “All I can do is live in the now. I have absolutely found my faith. My stalker experience is a testimony to my relationship
with God,” claims Harris. Her book: “Breaking News: God Has A Plan, An Anchorwoman’s Journey Through Faith” documents her story.

A motivational speaker, Harris inspires women to seize personal empowerment and find their true happiness. She also teaches them not to be a victim. Interested parties can contact her website at www.harrisfaulkner.com to learn more about her motivational lectures or log into the “A Current Affair” website at www.acurrentaffair.com to see advance previews of their shows. The segment on Harris Faulkner will air at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 28th on the Fox 5 Network.




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