Mark Curtis (broadcaster)

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Mark Curtis
Mark Curtis Promo.jpg
Born 1959
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Occupation Broadcast Journalist
Nationality American
Website
www.markcurtismedia.com/about/mark-curtis-0

Mark Corrigan Curtis is an American broadcast journalist, author and political analyst. He is a news anchor and Chief Political Reporter at WLNE-TV ABC6, the ABC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

Early life[edit]

Curtis was born in 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Curtis is the son of the late Dr. William C. Curtis, M.D., a prominent Milwaukee physician and the late Mary Beth Curtis. He is the middle of seven children.

He has lived in many parts of the USA, including Wisconsin, Florida, Washington, D.C., and was an active community member of Danville, California for 11 years.[2]

Early career[edit]

Curtis is a former stand-up comedian who once worked with political comedian and fellow Milwaukee native Will Durst. Both men now work and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and still collaborate.

Curtis was also a professional musician in the late 1970s and early 1980, touring the Midwest "bar band" circuit with "The Strays", "Mike and the Mysteries", and "Fat Tuesday". He was also employed by jingle writer Terry Sweet.

He got his first paid "radio" job, dispatching police and fire calls for the Village of Elm Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 19, he became a disc jockey and later Program Director for WMUR-AM radio at Marquette University.

Journalism career[edit]

Mark began his broadcasting career in Florida, working at WRUF-AM/FM Radio and WUFT-TV5 (PBS) in Gainesville and WCJB-TV 20 (ABC) in Ocala. He became a nationally known journalist in 1987, when he was at WEAR-TV 3 (ABC) in Pensacola. He won numerous awards, between 1989 and 1992, for his five-years of coverage in what came to be known as the Gulf Breeze UFO Sightings.[3] His worked appeared on NBC's Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack, A Current Affair and in Time/Life Books.

Curtis is one of a select group of national reporters who have spent time working in Congress. He served as a Legislative Aide and Congressional Fellow through the American Political Science Association, in the offices of Rep. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Herb Kohl, (D-WI), 1992-93.

Curtis is perhaps best known for the 15 years he spent with KTVU-TV 2/Cox Broadcasting in Oakland, California.[3] He served as Chief Washington, D.C. Correspondent for Cox-owned stations from 1993 to 1999, Morning News co-anchor from 1999 to 2007 and a freelance reporter and political analyst through the balance of the 2008 campaign as he traveled from Iowa and New Hampshire in January, through the entire primary season ending in South Dakota and Montana in June. He also covered both political conventions for KTVU. He was also a host of Comcast Newsmakers in the Bay Area.

In January 2010, Mark moved to Rhode Island and joined WLNE-TV ABC6 in Providence as the weekend evening news anchor and Chief Political Reporter. He would later be promoted to co-anchor of Good Morning Providence, the station's weekday morning newscast, until March 2012. He currently co-anchors the 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts on weeknights. In June 2014, he became host of the weekend public affairs program ABC6 News On the Record replacing Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, who took a leave of absence to run for mayor of Providence.

During his time at ABC6, Curtis covered many events surrounding the 2012 U.S. presidential election, including the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also served as a correspondent for all of WLNE owner Citadel Communications stations (WOI-DT in Des Moines, Iowa, WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois, KLKN in Lincoln, Nebraska, and KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa) while covering the conventions.

Curtis continues to be a regular political contributor on KGO-AM 810 in San Francisco. He also has contributed occasionally on KQED-TV 9, KPIX-TV5, and KRON-TV4 in San Francisco, as well as KTXL-TV Fox 40 News in Sacramento and KTLA-TV5 in Los Angeles.

Mark is an occasional newspaper reporter, covering the Inauguration in Washington, D.C. for the Danville Weekly and Pleasanton Weekly in California, as well as writing for his own blog, which includes his weekly political column, "The Sunday Political Brunch."

Writing career[edit]

In January 2009, Curtis published his first book; a first-person account of the historic 2008 Presidential campaign. "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008" was released by Nimble Books, LLC on January 20, 2009, coinciding with the Inauguration of Barack Obama. In 2010, the book won an International Book Award in the Current Events: Political/Social category[4] and was a finalist in the Non-Fiction Narrative category.[5]

Education[edit]

Curtis holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communication from Marquette University (1981); an M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida (1986);[3] and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, California (2012).[6] He has guest lectured at many universities and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Communication at Rhode Island College.

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Curtis
  2. ^ Ciardelli, Dolores (December 14, 2009). "Mark Curtis takes news anchor job in Rhode Island". San Ramon Express. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Anchor/Reporter: Mark Curtis". abc6.com. ABC6. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ The 2010 International Book Awards Results, Internationalbookawards.com.
  5. ^ "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey..." - Wins International Book Awards!
  6. ^ "WLNE-TV/ABC6 News Reporter & Political Author Awarded Doctorate Degree". Providence Business News. May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 

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