Breaking News: God Has A Plan - An Anchorwoman's Journey Through Faith

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A detailed account of the author's experience with a stalker - an ex-boyfriend who threatened her life - and how her faith got her through the ordeal and brought her a better understanding of why things happen the way they do.

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Harris Kimberley Faulkner was born in October 1965 on an Army base in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father, a pilot, served three times in Vietnam. Now retired from the military, Harris' father teaches high school math and physics and her mother is a pre-school teacher. Harris is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and has continued her studies in television reporting at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. Harris is an accomplished journalist, motivational speaker and advocate for victims' awareness. she has been a television for news reporter for more than eight years, anchoring the evening news in Kansas City since 1992. Harris has been recognized as one of Kansas City's Most Influential African-Americans and as the city's Best Female Anchor for five consecutive years. Among her community honors are the 1998 Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award given to Harris for helping guide, inspire and educate others about freeing themselves from violence

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Headlines Hundreds of thousands of people in Kansas City may recognize my name or my face from the evening news. And watching me co-anchor broadcasts, they may think they know my voice. But the nature of television news is that the journalists best preserve the integrity and credibility of the broadcasts by showing objectivity when telling stories. In a way this creates a collective voice --a voice that is not shaken by emotion or shaped by anything other than the facts. That perhaps is the ideal anyway. So people who've seen me have never really heard my voice until now. In fact, many may be familiar with some personal details about my life from reading about them in the newspapers. A front-page article in the Kansas City Star ran Thanksgiving weekend in 1995. The article told readers about a landmark case involving a local news anchor and a man who had stalked her and threatened her life for months. The case challenged Missouri's anti-stalking law for the first time in Kansas City. And the subject matter of the article whetted the taste buds of hungry talk show producers and Hollywood filmmakers who had learned of the trial after a national press wire service picked up the story.

Suddenly, I'd gone from being a newscaster to a news maker. And I had to find a way to deal with the new public pressure for me to talk about a situation that had ended in the courts, but not in my heart. Saying no to the talk shows and filmmakers was easy. My life had been spinning out of control for so long, I wasn't about the hand over the reins to somebody I didn't know. And truly, the people I wanted to talk to were others like me, specifically women who had endured being tormented by a stalker. I reached out to small victims' advocacy groups in Kansas City and cities elsewhere in the nation. That was me crawling back to a steady, safe place. Now I'm walking, telling my story in my own voice in hopes that my experiences may shed some light or hope for anyone who's surviving tough times. When people look at me, they see the face of success and happiness. And beneath it is the soul of someone who knows a harsh reality - bad things happen, and no one is exempt. The lesson for me was that those bad things and the good ones are part of a plan - God's plan.

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