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Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper is a professor of journalism at Temple University. He worked for The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and "20/20" for more than 20 years. He can be contacted at

Articles by Christopher Harper

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, walks past a burned out shoe store while visiting local businesses, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore, that were damaged in the rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

CHRISTOPHER HARPER: Moments of clarity in Baltimore’s riots

Few people made sense during the Baltimore riots and the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. But David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan provided two examples of those who did. Published May 6, 2015

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CHRISTOPHER HARPER: Connecting Engel to Rolling Stone a spin factory bias

The caustic attacks on NBC reporter Richard Engel about the circumstances surrounding his 2012 abduction in Syria puzzled and troubled me — until I listened to some of his comments about the Obama administration's failures, particularly in the Middle East. Published April 22, 2015

In this April 1, 2014 file photo, students stand outside a building to find an Internet signal for their phones in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

CHRISTOPHER HARPER: Social media generation gap another digital divide

As mothers and grandfathers post family photos on Facebook and tweet occasionally, teenagers have moved on to Snapchat and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Meanwhile, millennials and GenXers are stuck somewhere in between, wondering whether LinkedIn and Google Plus are worth the time. Published March 25, 2015

President Obama met with new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  (Associated Press)

CHRISTOPHER HARPER: Media recasting late Saudi king as a reformer

The media have come up with some serious neck-snappers — as a colleague likes to call amazing events — about Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria: articles and analyses that rewrite history and obscure recent U.S. foreign policy. Published January 28, 2015