Harvey Clark is a legendary figure here in the Delaware Valley. Many remember him as the WCAU-TV news correspondent who stayed at his post and reported for 23 straight hours during the 1985 MOVE-Osage Avenue bombing and fire.
However, Harvey Clark is much, much more than an award winning newsman. His was the Managing Editor and Host of Channel 10 the People for five years (1986 to 1991). This series produced all the station's documentaries during this period.
Before Channel 10, Harvey worked at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis for three years. There, he won many awards and much praise. He holds degrees from Vassar College and Chicago State University. The "windy city" is Clark's hometown.
During the summer of 1974 (in between years at Vassar), Harvey attended Columbia University of New York on the Michele Clark Fellowship. Michele was Harvey's older sister, a CBS-TV anchor who was killed in an airplane crash in December of 1972. Shee was the network's first Black woman news correspondent.
Before college, Harvey Clark served in the United States Navy as an air traffic controller during the late sixties. Between the service and college, Harvey worked as a Customer Service Supervisor for United Airlines at O'Hare Airport.
Clark worked for the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) for six years; four of them as one of their Vice-Presidents. He worked for OIC of America (Opportunities Industrialization Centers) as a consultant to their president.
Harvey also had an interest in serving the public. He ran for the United States Congress in the first Congressional District. He served as City Representative from 1992 to 1994 under Mayor Ed Rendell. He served as a special assistant for broadcast media to the Governor of New Jersey, Christie Whitman.
Harvey Clark has served on many boards of directors including the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the International Visitors Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Civic Center and the Mayor's Action Council for Visitors. He has chaired the City of Philadelphia Employees Combined Campaign and Co-chaired the Fund for Philadelphia.
Today, Harvey and his wife, enjoy the sun and fun of Puerto Rico.
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