|"I'm a hard-news journalist. My philosophy is to get the story first and to give our viewers more news every day."|
Mark joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in August 2005. He was previously at WWMT-TV in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Michigan, as a reporter and primary fill-in anchor. Mark was also the weekend anchor and reporter for KHSL-TV in Chico/Redding, California and a correspondent for IMPACT Cable News Show in Los Angeles, California.
Mark graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Political Science.
Awards and Career Highlights
Named Best TV Newscaster in the Twin Cities by CityPages in 2011, Mark is a Peabody Award-winner, recipient of the National Headliner Award, three regional Edward R. Murrow awards, and nine regional Emmys. He's been honored for his writing and reporting in numerous categories including: general assignment reporting, investigative reporting, enterprise journalism, political reporting, legal reporting, documentary reporting, health/science reporting, and online reporting, including for investigative websites.
In March 2011, Mark was awarded the most prestigious award in broadcast journalism, a George Foster Peabody award, for his year-long investigation, "Who Killed Doc?" The five-part series led the U.S. military to change the way it tracks the remains of every service member killed around the world.
In September 2011, Mark embedded with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq and Kuwait. His series, Leading the Way Home, included live reports with the troops to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
In July 2011, Mark went to Kenya to cover a Sister Cities delegation of firefighters, medics, nurses, and teachers from Minneapolis helping the people of western Kenya for a series called: A Journey of Hope. He also filed a reporter's notebook from Japan in July 2011 on the aftermath of that country's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.
In March 2010, Mark was awarded one of the oldest journalism honors in the country, the National Headliner Award, for his investigation "Conscientious Objector: School Vaccination Investigation." By digging through the records from every school district in Minnesota, Mark uncovered a massive increase in the number of parents exempting their children from required vaccinations - an increase the Minnesota Health Department didn't even know about.
An ongoing series in 2010 and 2011, Welfare Waste, uncovered systemic failures in Minnesota's public assistance programs that led to new laws and reforms in the state's welfare programs.
Mark also received the Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice and Excellence in Legal Journalism from the State Bar of Michigan in 2005.
Mark is been a member of the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE).
Born a Dodger fan, Mark bought his first Twins baseball cap in support of the Twins.
Besides attending Major League baseball games, Mark enjoys watching new movies and traveling across the country and the world, seeing new places and meeting new people, in countries such as Iceland, Switzerland, Belize, and Russia, among others.
Mark is a native of Los Angeles, California