Don Harrison became DB managing editor in 1966 after climbing the ladder of editorial positions. He is now busy at work publishing the online daily San Diego Jewish World, which covers Jewish news not only in San Diego but of the world.
Harrison has had an interesting career since graduating from UCLA in 1966. He went immediately to work for the Associated Press, serving in the Los Angeles, Sacramento and New York city Bureaus before being hired in 1972 as the politics writer of The San Diego Union. He stayed there until 1980 when he became involved in public relations, operating a firm that specialized in government relations, politics and tourism.
In the latter regard he served as director of San Diego's Cruise Ship Program for nine years, and was the start-up general manager for Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego. Around 1986, missing journalism, he started writing for the San Diego Jewish PRess-Heritage on a volunteer basis, eventually becoming its editor, and when the four-paper chain started to spin into financial ruin in 2001, he and a partner purchased the San Diego edition. However, they could not sustain the paper and had to close it at the end of 2003.
Thereafter Harrison wrote a book, "Louis Rose: San Diego's First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur," which was published by Sunbelt Publications in 2004. He was a columnist for the San Diego Jewish Times therafter until that newspaper's demise earlier this year. Under his leadership, writers from the Jewish Times and the old Jewish Heritage, as well as others, have banded together to put out the daily San Diego Jewish World. He is optimistic about its success "because we have a fine group of writers, and expenses can be kept down and because an Internet newspaper doesn't have to be printed or mailed."
"Anyone who would like to volunteer articles on Jewish subjects far and wide will be most welcome," Don added.