A native of the Northwest, Mark has lived most of his life within a two-hour drive of Portland.
Raised in Hood River, Mt. Angel, and Chehalis, Wash., Mark always had an interest in weather, especially after the destructive windstorm here in November 1981.
After completing high school in 1987, Mark headed to the University of Washington to complete a bachelor's of science degree in atmospheric science. After a short stint at a small local forecasting company, Mark was hired by KOIN-TV in Portland for weekend weather duties. While forecasting at KOIN, Mark also was seen on FOX News At Ten. In October 2000, Mark joined FOX 49 as chief meteorologist, and then became chief meteorologist at KPTV.
Mark recently earned the title of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) from the American Meteorological Society, or AMS, becoming only the seventh meteorologist in the country and the first in the Northwest to achieve this distinction. To earn the title of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, a broadcaster must hold a degree in meteorology or equivalent from a college or university, have their weathercasts evaluated by the AMS, and pass a rigorous academic exam.
Mark is also one of 12 members nationwide serving on the AMS Board of Broadcast Meteorology for 2005-2007. He is responsible for evaluating candidates for the AMS Seal of Approval and CBM certifications.
Mark was awarded Oregon's Best Weathercast from the Associated Press in 1996, 2004, and 2006. He was also nominated for an Emmy award in 2007. Mark loves rough weather, and lives in the west end of the Columbia Gorge for that reason.
His favorite weather pattern? A good Northwest snowstorm of course.
Mark is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys hiking, bicycling, mountain climbing, or any activity outside.
Mark is married, with two children and one dog.
How about an interesting fact about Mark? He was big into ducks & pigeons as a kid, and drove his parents nuts!
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
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Saturday, May 18 2013 2:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 06:54:01 GMT
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
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Friday, May 17 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:00:58 GMT
A masked man barged into a local marijuana dispensary and robbed two people at gunpoint. It happened at 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning at the Relief Medical Marijuana Facility on Southeast 122nd near Glisan.More >
An armed robber held a gun to the back of a woman's head and threatened to shoot her if he didn't get marijuana. More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
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Friday, May 17 2013 4:23 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:23:49 GMT
A SWAT team serving a search warrant in Vancouver arrested two men on charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment.Sergio Leon, 21, and Aaron-Blair Davey, 24, were taken into custody in connection with aMore >
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Friday, May 17 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:10:42 GMT
SWAT teams arrested three men accused of pointing a loaded gun at a black man at a Vancouver bar and threatening to kill him. Brent Luyster, 32, and his brother Robert Luyster, 31, were both taken intoMore >
SWAT teams arrested three men accused of pointing a loaded gun at a man at a Vancouver bar and threatening to kill him because of his race.More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes has shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air in an ongoing eruption that has drawn attention from a nearby community but isn't expected to threaten air traffic.More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air Friday in an ongoing eruption that is visible for miles when the weather allows.More >