Joey Harrington has been a star quarterback for the University of Oregon Ducks, a Heisman Trophy finalist, an NFL pro, and a TV sports broadcaster. Starting today, he has a new job: part-time reporter for KGW-TV, Portland’s NBC affiliate.
“I’ve had my eye on him for a while,” says Rick Jacobs, KGW executive news director. “He’s a local guy, he knows the community so well, he’s really plugged in.”
Harrington will be a part-time contributor on-air and online, Jacobs says, “telling inspirational, positive stories about people in our community.”
Harrington, who was born and raised in Portland and attended Central Catholic High School, is also involved with philanthropy through the Harrington Family Foundation, which Harrington established in 2003. The foundation awards scholarships to Oregon high school students to attend in-state colleges, universities and trade schools, and also supports Oregon nonprofit organizations with the goal of helping Oregon children access education and develop leadership skills.
Jacobs says he expects Harrington to to make “a couple of appearances a week” on KGW, as well as contributing to KGW’s digital platforms. Jacobs isn’t ruling out making use of Harrington’s sports expertise.
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