TORONTO, October 16, 1995 -- The Reverend David Harris, an editor with the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, has been named Editor of the Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican.
Harris, who holds an MA in theology from Oxford University, became a reporter with the Chronicle-Herald in May, 1987, and a general editor in April 1991. Recently, he was appointed to the Chronicle-Herald's regular page one team.
In November 1994 Harris was appointed religion editor for the Chronicle-Herald and its sister publication, the Mail-Star. In the words of a colleague, "he transformed the religion page through his personal initiative and vision, to make it more engaging and responsive to its community."
Harris believes a similar approach will aid the Journal, which he praises for its attempt to be well-rounded and broadly representative of the church. "I think editorially it can become even broader," he said and in style and design I think it can be more focussed and reader-friendly."
Harris was in training for ordained ministry a decade ago but moved instead into journalism. In June of this year, he was ordained into a "non-stipendiary" (unpaid) position with All Saints Cathedral, Halifax. He has served the Diocese of Nova Scotia in several capacities, including a potentially divisive role as chair of an independent review committee on the diocesan newspaper. The committee was established after a dispute erupted over the paper's role. Harris' leadership in addressing the dispute has drawn praise from all sides.
Harris, 36, is married to the Reverend Dawn Davis, priest assistant at the Cathedral. He will commence his new duties on January 15, 1996, succeeding Michael McAteer who has been the interim editor of the Journal since June.
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