When Morris went to work for the veteran crime-stopper series America's Most Wanted
, the gig combined his experience in media with his past employment in law enforcement. Originally a journalist covering national news for channels such as the Independent Network News and CNN, Morris changed his career path to work as a contract employee for the U.S. State Department's antiterrorism Embassy Task Group, and was stationed both stateside and overseas. In 1993 he joined America's Most Wanted
as a segment producer and three years later made his on-air debut as a reporter, profiling — and ultimately helping capture — criminals. In addition to his America's Most Wanted
duties, Morris has appeared on numerous shows, including CNN Showbiz Tonight
, Fox & Friends
and Entertainment Tonight
, and he has contributed his opinions as a versatile host on XM Satellite Radio's popular series, The Capital Hill Blues
.Tom Morris Jr. Fast Facts:
- Helped form the Minority Business Resource Institute in Maryland's Prince George County.
- Was the first person without a military or law enforcement background to join the U.S. State Department's Embassy Task Group in the fight against terrorism.
- In 1988, was sent to Somalia just before civil war broke out to guard the U.S. Embassy as it was being built.
- Started working for America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back in 1993 as a segment producer and became an on-air reporter in 1996.
- In 2008, became a host on XM Satellite Radio's series, The Capital Hill Blues, which centered on conversations about politics and music.
- Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA (BS in Mass Communications, 1980)