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Harris Named Public Affairs Officer
Released: 6/18/2002

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
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Phone: 703-648-4483

Scott D. Harris has been selected as the Public Affairs Officer for the USGS where he will be responsible for media relations. Harris previously served as the Director of Corporate Communications for the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research.

USGS Director Chip Groat praised Harris’ experience as a media spokesperson for the Navy and his role in science and research outreach.

"Scott brings exceptional experience explaining science and research to the media," Groat said. "His depth of knowledge in communications management will make him a valuable leader within the USGS and help secure the Bureau’s place as the Nation’s pre-eminent earth and biological sciences agency."

Before joining the USGS, Harris held a number of communications and public affairs positions in the Navy. Among them, he served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO; Public Affairs Department Head aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier; Public Affairs Director for the Navy office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC; and Media Services/Marketing Director for the Navy’s National News Desk at the Pentagon. He is also trained as a nuclear engineer and nuclear submarine operator.

Harris hails from Dodge City, KS, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Oklahoma – Norman.

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