June 29, 1956 |
|Employer||KTLA 1991 - Present|
|Awards||8 Emmy Awards
Associated Press Television and Radio award
Mark Kriski is a Canadian born in Nova Scotia of Polish descent. He served as a DJ on Victoria, British Columbia's Q-100 FM, and Montreal's 980 AM, known as CKGM, then later as weatherman on Canada's The Weather Network in the late 1980s. Kriski now works at KTLA in Los Angeles.
Kriski has been a fixture at KTLA for more than two decades. For years he was seen on the "KTLA Morning News" five hours a day, from 5am-10am Monday through Friday; in late October 2010 his shift became 7a-10a. Kriski has won 8 Emmy Awards and one Associated Press Radio-Television Award. The Los Angeles Times named Kriski the Funniest Weatherman in Los Angeles; he also earned 3 Golden Mike Awards for Best Weather Segment from the Radio & Television News Association. In November 2010, Mark contracted viral Pneumonia and was off the air for two months because of sick leave.
Kriski was married to Samantha Lewis, owner of Digital Playground, from 2004 to 2009. On May 18, 2011, he announced his engagement to KTLA colleague Jennifer Gould; they were married September 24, 2011.
Kriski studied radio and television arts at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. He was a radio disc jockey at various stations in Canada, and performed commercial voiceovers. Mark landed his first job on camera as a weathercaster on Canada's Weather Network. He then picked up a second gig as weatherman at a Montreal local station, CFCF 12, and he began hosting segments for a Canadian produced travel show called "Travel Travel" that aired across North America in syndication. Kriski came to the United States in 1991 after he accepted the position of AM weatherman on the "KTLA Morning News." He's one of the last-remaining original "characters" from the show's inception. Besides his full-time position on the "KTLA Morning News," Mark has played newscasters in over 10 feature films.In 2001, he played a newscaster in the season 6 episode of 7th Heaven "Consideration" reporting on Simon's car chase for fictional station KRLH channel 8. He also does voice overs and occasionally can be heard behind the mike at MY FM 104.3 in Los Angeles. As of 2012, Kriski has added the role of professional ring announcer to his resume, for boxing and mixed martial arts matches (MMA); most notably for legendary Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward's Kronk Boxing and boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions.