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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

University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

CHRISTOPHER HARPER: Sensationalism over eithics in sex assault stories

Sensational stories about alleged sexual assaults at the University of Virginia and Oberlin College have raised serious questions about how two prominent writers apparently chose to ignore long-standing ethical standards and reporting practices. Published December 10, 2014

Economist Paul Krugman accuses reporters of being tougher on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than her Republican rival, Donald Trump. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

CHRISTOPHER HARPER: Obamacare rants, voter voices clash

Ignoring an overwhelming mandate in the midterm elections opposing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, liberal pundits launched the opening — albeit errant — salvos in the battle over possible changes to the law. Published November 12, 2014

FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife, Janay, during a news conference at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. A new video that appears to show Ray Rice striking then-fiance Janay Palmer in an elevator last February has been released on a website. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

HARPER: Tabloid TV outhustles the networks on NFL’s misdeeds

Even though he played football just up the road from the media epicenter of the world, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's off-the-field crimes went virtually uncovered until the self-described gossip and entertainment website,, came up with a videotape showing Mr. Rice knocking out his then-fiancee earlier this year. Published September 10, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

HARPER: Media earn failing grade for poor Common Core coverage

If concerned citizens want to inform themselves on one of the most important issues in their lives — the education of their children — they would be hard-pressed to get any significant help from the national media. Published August 27, 2014