Tom Morris Jr

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After graduating from Norfolk State University in 1980 with a B.S. in Mass Communications, Tom Morris Jr., settled in Washington D.C. He began his career as a journalist in 1981 as a member of the White House and Capitol Hill Press Corps covering national news for Independent Network News & CNN. In 1985, Tom left television news to put his media talents to work for Prince George’s County Executive Parris Glendening as an Economic Development Specialist charged with articulating administration’s vision for minority business growth in the county. In 1987, Morris helped create the MINORITY BUSINESS RESOURCE INSTITUTE division of the county’s Economic Development Corporation to provide technical and financing assistance to minority entrepreneurs in Prince George’s County.

Seeking a different Challenge, Tom Morris left the EDC in the fall of 1987 to undertake a new challenge as a contract employee for the U.S. State Department’s newly formed anti-terrorism Embassy Task Group. He was the first person ever accepted into the ETG without a military or law enforcement background. After receiving training at the State Department’s Foreign Service Anti-Terrorism Institute in Rosslyn, Virginia, Quantico U.S. Marine Base, and from U.S. Special Forces instructors, Morris received a top secret clearance and was deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia East Africa. He arrived in Somalia three weeks before civil war erupted and spent all of 1988 in country guarding the new U.S. Embassy which was under construction.

Upon his return to the U.S. in 1989, Morris continued to work in anti-terrorism as and armed Security Specialist at the U.S. Department Of Energy headquarters in Washington under the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In 1993, Morris returned to his broadcasting career as a segment producer with FOX Network's long-running crime show, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK. Throughout his career, Tom Morris had always been behind the camera, but in 1996, the executive producers of AMW gave him his first shot at on-air reporting, in prime time. Morris made the most of the opportunity. Ninety-five percent of the fugitives he’s profiled over the last twelve years have been captured as a direct result. In 2000, Tom Morris Jr., was the first journalist to be trained in practical advanced homicide investigation by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Henry Lee and N.Y.P.D. homicide detective Vernon Geberth. Tom Morris has appeared on or been featured on numerous shows including CNN Showbiz Tonight, Fox & Friends, Catherine Crier Live, Nancy Grace, Entertainment Tonight, The Reporters, and The Line Up. Tom is also a hip hop DJ, columnist, musician, and award-winning poet.

Tom Morris thanks God and his parents for all the blessings and opportunities that have come his way, and like his boss, John Walsh, sees his work on behalf of crime victims with AMW as a service to humanity.