Craig Harris, an investigative business reporter for USA Today, has taken the company’s buyout offer and will depart on Dec. 1.
He’s been a journalist for 31 years, and he’s worked at seven daily newspapers. In 2012 and 2014, Harris was one of the lead writers when The Arizona Republic was a finalist in breaking news coverage for the Pulitzer Prize.
In 2011 and 2012, Harris won the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting presented by Syracuse University and first place in the Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism for work on Arizona’s pension systems. In 2015, he was part of a team that won the Scripps Howard investigative award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for coverage of the Veterans Affairs scandal.
In 2017 and 2019, Harris won George Polk Awards for his reporting on state employees being wrongly fired and charter schools, respectively. He’s a three-time Arizona Reporter of the Year.
Harris is a 1989 graduate of the University of Oregon, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and remains a diehard Ducks fan. In December 2021, he earned a Master’s in Business Journalism degree from Arizona State University.