Nashville journalist Pat Harris passed away Saturday (4/14) of natural causes at her daughter’s Nashville home. She was 88.
A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Harris held numerous roles during her lengthy career, including serving as Reuters News Service’s middle Tennessee reporter for nearly three decades up until about a year ago. She was also a Time magazine correspondent for over 25 years, and wrote a weekly entertainment feature for Chicago Sun Times and a monthly column for Music City News. Additionally, her work appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor.
The veteran scribe got her start with International News Service in Chicago after finishing high school, later moving to the Springfield, Ill. office after INS merged with United Press International, where she served as bureau manager.
Harris was also the Chicago press aide for Governor Adlai Stevenson during his presidential campaign against Dwight Eisenhower. She later wrote a book called Adlai: The Springfield Years, which was published in 1975.
Harris arrived Nashville in 1965 when her husband accepted a job at The Tennessean. She worked for the TN Education Department for 12 years, handling PR, writing speeches, and editing the Trailblazer magazine.
Harris is survived by her daughter Barbara and numerous friends. A private celebration of her life will be held later. Those close to Harris, who was a lover and advocate of animals, request memorial contributions be made to ASPCA, or local organizations like Happy Tales, Love at First Sight, or Nashville Humane Association.