Involved is an understatement when talking about 19 Action News anchor/reporter Harry Boomer.
Harry, who attended Northern Virginia College in Alexandria, Va., has called Greater Cleveland home since 1990. He has nearly 25 years of news experience, for a total of 35-plus years in broadcasting.
His career began in Washington, D.C., where he was an on-air personality, talk show host and served in various management positions, including two stints as a news director.
Harry came to Ohio in 1988 to manage and program WBXT-AM in Canton. He also worked in public television at WEAO/WNEO-TV in Kent, Ohio, as well as at WVIZ-TV in Cleveland.
While covering assignments for WOIO/WUAB on a part-time basis in the early 1990s, Harry was heard regularly on WCPN-90.3 FM/Idea Stream, where he had been assistant news director. He was also a reporter, producer and major contributor to National Public Radio. Among other things, Harry debuted a statewide news magazine program entitled "Infohio" for the radio station. Harry is the host of WUAB 43 Forum, a public affairs program covering community issues.
Increased duties at 19 Action News not withstanding, Harry's familiar voice will still be heard on a freelance basis for public radio specials on WCPN. He is a regular guest on the Feagler and Friends on Idea Stream WVIZ.
Harry has served as president of the Cleveland chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (CNABJ), and has been on the board of the Ohio Associated Press, the Citizens Committee on AIDS/HIV and the city of Cleveland Unity Day's Publicity and Education Committee. He is currently serving as a member of the North East Ohio Health Services Board of Directors and as a board member of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. He is also a member of the Continuing Education Committee at Cleveland State University.
Harry has won awards from the Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Educational Telecommunications, Women In Communications, the Press Club of Cleveland and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Harry is active in the community, often serving as master of ceremonies at events throughout northeast Ohio. When he's not working (which isn't often), he enjoys talking politics and visiting friends and family around the country.