Jay Harris is the publisher of award-winning Mother Jones magazine (this year celebrating 25 years of booty-kicking investigative reporting) and president of Mother Jones' non-profit parent, The Foundation for National Progress. He has been publisher of Mother Jones since 1991, returning this year for his second Conference on World Affairs.
Harris began his magazine career with Newsweek International, with various positions in New York and Hong Kong. He has been publisher of the Asian edition of Travel & Leisure and general manager of Newsweek's Pacific edition. He is a graduate of Duke University (BA) and Yale's School of Management (MBA). Harris is active in the Social Venture Network and Business for Social Responsibility.
Harris' essay, "What's Missing from Your News?" was published last year in The Business of Journalism (New Press). In it, he takes a business perspective on the superficiality of our commercial news media, giving telling examples of important stories squeezed out of the headlines by scandal, fluff and sensationalism. A viewer of the last segment of "Survivor," Harris says he isn't opposed to entertainment.