Howard Harrison is an award-winning writer with more than 35 years of experience as a speechwriter, ghostwriter, and journalist. The Great Divide: Story of the 2016 US Presidential Race is his second bylined book title. His first, NOW They Make It Legal: Reflections of an Aging Baby Boomer, was named a 2016 Reviewer’s Choice by the Midwest Book Review. Mr. Harrison’s articles on politics, Baby Boomers, and other topics have appeared in newspapers and other media nationwide. He also has been interviewed on radio and television discussing the 2016 presidential race and other timely topics.
Mr. Harrison earned his journalism degree in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he cut his political teeth, participating in a campus demonstration his first week on campus and later covering the 1976 presidential race for the student newspaper. After college, he worked as a writer, editor, and communications executive for several large organizations in the Chicago area before forming his own business, Harrison Editorial, Inc., in 1994.
Mr. Harrison began his career with the Walgreen Company as editor of the company magazine, Walgreen World, and managed grand-opening publicity for new Walgreens stores. In 1980, he joined the Hospital Financial Management Association as writer and editor of an 84-page journal. He then was tapped by the accounting firm Alexander Grant & Company to lead communications for the newly formed Grant Thornton International, the product of a merger between Alexander Grant in the United States and Thornton Baker in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Harrison later worked as an editor at large for the American Bar Association Press before landing at Baxter International, a global health-care products company, in 1983. He led employee communications during Baxter’s historic merger with American Hospital Supply Corporation in 1985 and created a new employee magazine that won the Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators in 1991.
Mr. Harrison later served as executive writer and editor at Baxter, writing speeches for senior executives and managing the company’s annual shareholder report, which won numerous awards under his direction. As president of Harrison Editorial, Inc., Mr. Harrison has provided writing and editorial services to a range of clients.
The Midwest Book Review called Mr. Harrison’s first book, NOW They Make It Legal, “a fabulous, firmly tongue-in-cheek tour of bygone decades. Award-winning journalist Howard Harrison has crafted a memoir so vivid it’s the next best thing to a time machine. These anecdotes [will] enlighten, startle, perplex, and inspire readers of all generations.” Mr. Harrison stepped up his game on The Great Divide, applying his unique brand of storytelling to the 2016 US presidential race, a tale he admits “practically wrote itself.”