GMA Weekend anchor Dan Harris will be leaving the network after twenty-one years on the air.
He announced his departure on air on August 8. He said that it was a difficult decision for him but he knows that he made the right one. Harris already has another gig lined up and it has nothing to do with reporting.
“As some of you may know, I’ve been spending a lot of time on my extracurricular gig, my side hustle, a meditation company, called Ten Percent Happier. It’s been a lot to juggle and even though I’m a public proponent of work/life balance, if I’m honest, I’ve struggled to follow my own advice,” he admitted.
Harris said that working on GMA was “one of the highlights of my life.” One of the hardest parts of leaving will be missing his coworkers.
“My colleagues, both on and off the air, have become like a family,” he added. “I really do love these people, and I am going to miss them horribly.”
Aside from GMA Weekend, he was also featured as a correspondent on ABC News for World News Tonight and Nightline.
Harris first joined ABC Network in March of 2000. He was previously working at New England Cable News. He won the Edward R. Murrow Award and two Emmys in 2009 and 2014. Additionally, he won the ASPCA’s Presidential Service Award for Media Excellence.
Watch his statement, below:
What’s Next After ‘GMA’
Harris created Ten Percent Happier following a panic attack that he had while on air for GMA back in 2004. The incident was a wake-up call for him.
“I’d spent a lot of time in war zones after 9/11—a very vicious young reporter,” he explained to Forbes. “After several years I got depressed, didn’t know I was depressed and started medicating myself with recreational drugs including cocaine. I went to a shrink, after the panic attack who asked me if I did drugs, and I told him the truth.”
His psychiatrist explained that with his high amount of adrenaline, he was more susceptible to anxiety attacks. He then began meditation though he was extremely skeptical but soon fell in love with it.
He then authored a book recounting the experience and about overall mental health. “10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works” was a success.
After the book became a best seller on numerous lists, he then created an app. The app aims to teach people meditation that may be skeptical or apprehensive about learning. He would later publish a second book, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book.” Finally, he launched a podcast for the brand.