In addition to his two-decade banking career, Harding has had a life-long affinity for writing. He began with essays and letters to the editors in high school and later founded JaxPoliticsOnline, a blog focused on politics in Northeast Florida. After breaking numerous local stories, Harding joined the Florida Times-Union full-time as the paper's business and politics columnist. While with the Times-Union, Harding began the widely-acclaimed "Florida Morning" blog that was the first-of-its-kind daily digest of Florida politics. Harding received numerous awards during his journalism career, including Sunshine State Awards for "Broken Trust" and "Secret Agent." During his tenure with the Times-Union, Harding served as a political commentator for First Coast News, the Jacksonville affiliates of ABC and NBC, and WJCT, the local NPR affiliate.
After a short stint in local government, Harding re-joined the banking industry in the fall of 2011. He has served in leadership capacities for a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Jacksonville Planning Commission, and the board of directors of the Cathedral Arts Project, One Spark, JAX Chamber, and Operation New Hope. He currently serves on the board of the Jacksonville Humane Society and JAX BIZ.
These days, Harding writes for personal enjoyment. He lives in Jacksonville's historic Springfield neighborhood.