Harry A. Jessell

Editor and Co-Publisher

Prior to launching TVNewsCheck in January 2006, Harry worked for more than 25 years as a reporter and editor for B&C (formerly Broadcasting). As the magazine’s top editor from 1997 to 2004, Harry moved the magazine from Washington to New York City and shifted its focus from law and regulation to programming and business. On the magazine’s editorial page and in his bi-weekly column, he argued for full First Amendment protections for and minimal government regulation of broadcasting and other electronic media. He continues that advocacy in his weekly Jessell at Large column on TVNewsCheck.

As a reporter at B&C in the 1980s and early 1990s, Harry covered broadcast technology, cable TV, the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the federal courts. He was named executive editor in 1993 and editor in 1997.

Harry graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1976, with a BA in journalism. He lives with his wife, Rosemary, in Chatham, N.J., a suburb of New York City.