Ken Harper started his professional career as a designer at Sun Publications in Chicago. Harper went on to join the features design staff at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, where he began his transition to new media design. Harper decided on a digital vagabond lifestyle, traveling around the country by motorcycle, designing on a freelance basis through his own company, IronCladImages.com. He has worked as a multimedia designer and producer for MSNBC.com, New York Life, Bausch & Lomb and various non-profit organizations including the United Nations, ElectronicIntifada.net and Aidchild. Harper served as an interactive producer and designer at RockyMountainNews.com in Denver, Colorado, before becoming an Assistant Professor of Visual and Interactive Communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
His central area of interest is in Liberia media and the support of the Liberian Press through the Newhouse School project, Election Liberia http://electionliberia.org . This project hopes to assist the professional press corps in fulfilling their watchdog role in the 2011 election cycle through on the ground training and technical assistance.
Ken now lives in Cazenovia, New York with his wife Dara and their 2 children, Rio and Amelie.