Baltimore native and TV anchor Tony Harris will be taking his reporting talents to the Investigation Discovery channel this month as host of the new six-episode series “Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris.”
The show, which premieres April 16 at 10 p.m., will feature Harris traveling to “small-town America,” exposing some of the country’s greatest complications, struggles and impactful instances of crime and violence.
Harris, 57, who has also reported for CNN, Al-Jazeera English, and Investigation Discovery’s “Hate in America” series, said this is the reporting he’s wanted to do for a very long time.
“When this opportunity came up first, I just jumped at the opportunity to get off the desk and talk to real people about their lives,” said Harris, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County alum.
Stories this season will include a feature on Loyd Dejohn, a man who is a suspect in his wife’s murder; the story of two men who are trying to build their lives after being wrongfully convicted of abusing their younger cousins; and a look into a court case where a jury attempts to determine whether a woman is guilty of murder or acted in self-defense.
A sneak peek, which revisits the story of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack who was found murdered in a cemetery in Constantine, Mich., will air on April 9 at 11 p.m., according to a recent news release.
“What I like about all the stories in these series — you can’t pigeonhole this. You’re going to get injustice, murder stories, redemption stories, conspiracy stories. The directive of the show was to expand the range of the stories that we tell. What we set out to do was expose a bit of a world, whether it’s a town community upended by a crime or crime on a high school campus,” Harris said.
“I like to tell folks that I talk to people about the worst days of their lives and then because they welcome me into their homes and establish a rapport, I end up talking with them about all kinds of things. We end up having political conversations,” said Harris, adding that he felt he saw the “Trump waves” happening long before big media broadcast companies.
He said he’d tell his reporter friends, ” ‘You guys are missing it. You’re missing it. You got to get out of the big cities.’ … I think if more of that had happened, I think not as many people would have been as surprised as they turned out to be in the election.”
Nonetheless, the show will provide an inside look at how smaller communities around the country have dealt with crime.
“It demands that you pay attention,” Harris said of the show. “It’s hyper-detailed.”