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Mrs. Ruth Ann Harnisch

Ruth Ann's journalism career started when she hosted her first radio talk show as a teen in 1965 on WYSL-FM in her native Buffalo, NY. She spent nearly three decades in media work, including Emmy-nominated television reporting and anchoring at the CBS-TV affiliate in Nashville, TN, WTVF-TV (CBS), a daily talk-radio program on WLAC-AM, and 17 years as a columnist for the Nashville Banner. She retired in 1988, turning her skills and resources to creative philanthropy and board service. She describes herself as a Thrillionaire— someone who knows the thrill of giving. President of the Harnisch Family Foundation, Chair Emerita of the Board of Directors of More Than Money (a national nonprofit dedicated to helping people put their money where their values are), on the editorial advisory board of the quarterly More Than Money Journal, and founder of The Dignitarian Dialogues (, she has appeared on talk shows across the country discussing the "Radical Rich" as a representative of More Than Money. Her creative philanthropy has landed her on "Oprah" and "The Today Show."
Scholarships associated with Mrs. Ruth Ann Harnisch
  • Harnisch Foundation Journalism Scholarship