Associate Professor Emeritus
George Harmon was a full-time faculty member from 1980 to 2007 at Medill, where he specialized in business journalism. At Northwestern he also served as chairman of the faculty Committee on Naval Science and on the Committee on Athletics and Recreation. He has taught business journalism, news writing and editing, reporting, magazine writing, public relations writing and integrated marketing communications, as well as liberal-arts courses offered through the Center for the Writing Arts. For 15 years he was Medill's news department chair.
Prior to joining Northwestern in 1980, Harmon was publisher and editor of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, a daily newspaper for Illinois' legal community. He joined the Law Bulletin from the Chicago Sun-Times, where he was financial editor. Earlier, he had been assistant managing editor for features of the Chicago Daily News, a sister newspaper of the Sun-Times. In 11 years at the Daily News, he served successively as a reporter, rewriteman, assistant city editor, financial writer, assistant financial editor, city editor, financial editor and assistant managing editor.
Since 2003 he has been a director of Paddock Publications, publisher of the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill., 100,000 daily) and Reflejos. He served seven years as a director of Home News Publishing Co., which owned the Central New Jersey Home News (55,000 daily) and 15 years as board chairman of Students Publishing Co., which publishes Northwestern's yearbook and daily newspaper. As a free-lance writer, he has produced articles and reviews for many newspapers and magazines and has been a part-time editorial writer for the Chicago Sun-Times.
As a consultant, he has trained more than 1,500 mid-level executives in communications skills and has acted as a writing coach and trainer for nearly 1,000 journalists.
He is the author of a chapter in "The Handbook of Strategic Public Relations and Integrated Marketing Communications" (McGraw-Hill, May, 2012). With Prof. Louis P. Cain of Loyola University he is author of a book, "Energy: the Life of a Nation."
His degrees are from Princeton University (AB cum laude) and Loyola University of Chicago (MBA, finance), where he was named the outstanding MBA alum in 1976. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Harmon served more than three years in the U.S. Navy as an officer.