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WFAA’s Byron Harris: ‘Since TV Years Are Like Dog Years, I’ve Actually Been Here 280 Years’

At Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, investigative reporter Byron Harris is simply called a “titan.” He’s broken the big stories, won the big awards, and on Monday, he marked forty years on the job–though he admits it may seem like he’s been there even longer. “Since TV years are like dog years, I’ve actually been here 280 years!”

The station celebrated his anniversary with a look back at Harris’ reporting:

On Monday, WFAA executives — along with reporters, photographers and producers — gathered in the newsroom to celebrate Harris and his career.

“This is the guy, literally, who invented investigative reporting in this industry,” said investigative reporter and longtime colleague Brett Shipp. “And he’s still here, and he’s still passionate.”

Carolyn Mungo, WFAA’s executive news director, praised the veteran’s enthusiasm for reporting the news.

“He runs into my office, ‘I’ve got a great story!’” she said, recalling one of their first meetings after she joined WFAA in 2012. “I said, ‘Wow. I need 40 people just like Byron Harris.’”

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Dallas County Court Grants Dentist Restraining Order Against WFAA

A Dallas dentist accused of fraud has been granted a temporary restraining order against Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, Courthouse News Service reports.

The dentist, Richard Malouf, was investigated for Medicare fraud earlier this year. In the lawsuit against WFAA, Malouf said the station, as well as a local real estate reporter in Dallas, ran 40 stories about him and his home, where he is constructing a massive water park, in the past year. The lawsuit alleges the reporters of trespass, invasion of privacy, defamation, libel, slander and conspiracy.

The order bans WFAA, including investigative reporter Byron Harris, and the real estate reporter from coming within 50 feet of his residence, as well as taking any images of the property.

Dallas Dentist Accused of Fraud Seeks Restraining Order Against WFAA

A Dallas dentist who has been accused of billing fraud is seeking a temporary restraining order against Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and reporter Byron Harris, according to the station (video above).

The dentist, Dr. Richard Malouf, is accused of billing Texas taxpayers for unneeded children’s braces. In July, WFAA reported on the construction of a water park at Malouf’s home. The temporary restraining order alleges that Malouf and his family will suffer “imminent irreparable harm” if the station takes pictures of his backyard, according to WFAA. Read more

WFAA’s Byron Harris: ‘People Who Run Television Stations Really Are Interested Only In Making Money’

Byron Harris is profiled in TVNewsCheck today about the role of investigative reporting in local newsrooms. “The reality is investigative reporting has been disappearing and it will continue to disappear,” Harris, who has been an investigative reporter at WFAA in Dallas for more than 35 years, said. The cause of the decline, according to Harris, is the shifting landscape of local news:

Over the last decade, there have been an increasing number of mergers of broadcast news operations at the local level. Do you think that such mergers are good or bad for investigative reporting?

The fewer the sources, the worse it is for journalism in general and investigative reporting as well. I can say that without fear of equivocation. Read more