Tom Morris Jr.

  • Birth Name: Thomas Wright Morris Jr.
  • Birth Place: Richmond, Virginia, United States
  • Profession: Reporter
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Biography

When Morris went to work for the veteran crime-stopper series America's Most Wanted, the gig combined his experience in media with his past employment in law enforcement. Originally a journalist covering national news for channels such as the Independent Network News and CNN, Morris changed his career path to work as a contract employee for the U.S. State Department's antiterrorism Embassy Task Group, and was stationed both stateside and overseas. In 1993 he joined America's Most Wanted as a segment producer and three years later made his on-air debut as a reporter, profiling — and ultimately helping capture — criminals. In addition to his America's Most Wanted duties, Morris has appeared on numerous shows, including CNN Showbiz Tonight, Fox & Friends and Entertainment Tonight, and he has contributed his opinions as a versatile host on XM Satellite Radio's popular series, The Capital Hill Blues.

Fast Facts

  • Helped form the Minority Business Resource Institute in Maryland's Prince George County.
  • Was the first person without a military or law enforcement background to join the U.S. State Department's Embassy Task Group in the fight against terrorism.  
  • In 1988, was sent to Somalia just before civil war broke out to guard the U.S. Embassy as it was being built.
  • Started working for America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back in 1993 as a segment producer and became an on-air reporter in 1996.
  • In 2008, became a host on  XM Satellite Radio's series, The Capital Hill Blues, which centered on conversations about politics and music.

College

  • Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, United States (BS in Mass Communications, 1980)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS
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