September 16, 1954 |
San Antonio, Texas, United States
|Alma mater||University of Maryland|
|Occupation||TV, Radio personality|
|Relatives||Kirk McEwen, Karen Dugan, Leslie McEwen, Sean McEwen, William Wise|
McEwen was born in San Antonio, Texas. His father, Alfred, was a colonel in the Air Force and so his family moved to Berlin, Germany when he was in the third grade before moving to Montgomery, Alabama three years later and finally Crownsville, Maryland four years after that. His mother, Dolores after raising six children, retired as a bank vice president. He attended Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland and then went to the University of Maryland, leaving after three and a half years. While in college, he was on the college radio station WMUC. McEwen moved to Detroit to be a rock and roll DJ at WWWW-Detroit's W4. Chicago was next (WLUP-The Loop) where he enrolled at Second City and began to do stand up comedy. McEwen then moved to New York to continue his radio career, first at WAPP then WNEW-FM.
McEwen worked for CBS starting in 1987 with CBS This Morning. In addition to doing the weather he was the entertainment reporter, as well. McEwen covered 16 Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes and Country Music Association Awards. He was awarded the CMA Media Achievement Award in 1992. He was named one of the country's "Ten Most Trusted TV News Personalities" in a TV Guide survey in February 1995. He contributed to the network's coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and co-hosted daytime coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan with Jane Robelot, where he also ran with the Olympic Torch. McEwen was a correspondent on 48 Hours. He then performed a number of on-air roles for The Early Show on CBS from 1999 to 2002. He anchored the broadcast for two years. McEwen has interviewed five presidents, including Bill Clinton, George Herbert Walker Bush, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. McEwen left CBS in October 2002 as The Early Show was completely revamped.
In 2004, McEwen joined WKMG-TV, the CBS affiliate in Orlando, where he became the morning news co-anchor and noon news anchor. However, in 2005, McEwen suffered a stroke that ended his stint as a news anchor for the station. McEwen had to learn to walk and talk again after the stroke, and the former right-hander now uses his left hand for most tasks. McEwen worked for WKMG as part of their Good Neighbor 6 community outreach program, where he did stroke awareness commercials for the station, among other things. In 2008, he published a book about his health challenges entitled Change in the Weather: Life after Stroke, its foreword written by Bill Cosby. McEwen was named a Stroke Ambassador in 2009 by the American Stroke Association for his "advocacy, leadership, achievement and philanthropy".
McEwen was the host for the First annual RAISE (Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence) awards for the National Stroke Association in 2011. He also hosted the second awards in 2012. McEwen hosted, produced and wrote 'McEwen's Mark', a television interview show, in 2012. He hosted the launch of Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibbs's blood thinning drug Eliquis (in Chicago) in 2013. In 2014 he returned to WKMG-TV to host Positive Mark that spotlights good news, inspirational news, in Central Florida. He also writes a blog at iammarkmcewen.blogspot.com and has a website markmcewen.com. McEwen gives motivational speeches around the country.
McEwen currently resides in Florida. with his wife Denise and their children. His brother, Kirk McEwen, was on 98 Rock-WIYY in Baltimore. He now co-hosts the Kirk and Kage Show at 98.7 The Fan in Tampa Bay, Florida.
- "Meet Mark McEwen". Baltimore Afro-American. May 6, 1986. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- CUPRISIN, TIM (September 19, 2002). "CBS works to revamp `Early Show'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.