GatorZone.com has added veteran journalist Chris Harry to its team as Contributing Writer, expanding its coverage of University of Florida athletics.
He will serve as the primary beat writer for the menís basketball team, while also contributing across-the-board coverage of Florida athletics.
Harry, a native of Washington, D.C. and graduate of the University of South Florida, brings 28 years of experience, including 10 years covering the Gators from 1990-2000 for both the Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel, as well as 10 years covering the NFL, both as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL writer for the Sentinel, and most recently as the Senior NFL Writer for AOL FanHouse.
In his time for the Tribune, Sentinel and AOL FanHouse, Harry covered 13 Super Bowls, including as the beat writer for the Buccaneers when they won the Super Bowl in 2003 in San Diego. He was the beat writer for the University of Florida for the programís historic first national championship in 1996, and remains the only beat writer in state history to cover championship seasons for a state college football team and a state NFL team.
Additionally, during his time on the Florida beat, Harry covered the Gator basketball programís meteoric rise under Billy Donovan and the schoolís run to the 2000 national title game.
From September of 2006 through December of 2007, Harry also worked as an adjunct journalism professor for the College of Writing at the University of Tampa. †
His addition bolsters a staff that includes Scott Carter, who joined GatorZone.com as its Senior Writer in September of 2010. Carter will continue to provide football coverage, columns and analysis of Floridaís athletic programs. †
Harry joins the staff immediately, and will begin his coverage Monday night with the No. 7/8 menís basketball teamís game against Wright State at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.