Mark Ebner

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Mark Ebner
Born 1959
Providence, RI
Nationality American
Occupation Blogger, investigative journalist

Mark Charles Ebner (born 1959) is an American blogger and investigative[citation needed] journalist and the host of TruTV's Rich and Reckless.[citation needed] Ebner writes primarily about issues in the Los Angeles area, including pit bull fighting in South Central, Scientology, and celebrity scandal.[1][2] He has covered celebrity culture for Spy, Rolling Stone, Details, and[3] He has been featured as a guest or contributor on VH1, The Daily Show, South Park, CourtTV, and Fox News.


Ebner graduated from Bard College in 1982, where he edited the Bard Times.[4]

In 2002 he co-authored Ain't It Cool?: Hollywood's Redheaded Stepchild Speaks Out with Harry Knowles. With Andrew Breitbart, he wrote the New York Times and Los Angeles Times 2005 best-seller Hollywood, Interrupted.[3] In early 2006, Ebner joined Tucker Max's Rudius Media as a blogger and celebrity journalist.

Ebner was a consultant on South Park's controversial Trapped in the Closet episode that was eventually nominated for an Emmy Award.[5][6]

In mid-2007, Ebner broke the news that actor and activist Sean Penn was frequenting a Hawaiian resort in the center of a controversial debate between natives and visitors over an ancestral burial ground.[7][8]

Ebner also broke an investigative story in 2007 implicating Bill Cosby on allegations of sexual assaults and rapes, a story that People Magazine originally planned to publish, but buried.[9][10]

Shortly after the on-campus shooting at Virginia Tech, Ebner reported that Scientology leaders had dispatched "grief counselors" to the scene. According to Ebner and a supposedly sourced document, their intent was to investigate the psychiatric history of killer Seung-Hui Cho.[11][12] This story was later picked up by Boing Boing and made the front page of[13][14]

As of Summer 2008, Ebner was hosting Rich and Reckless, an original true crime series produced by and broadcast on TruTV.[15]


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  1. ^ Pit Bullies 14 January 2003.
  2. ^ Ebner Undercover: Scientology, Spy Magazine, 1996 Hollywood Interrupted. 23 March 2006.
  3. ^ a b Devers, Deirdre Hollywood Interrupted: Fear and Loathing in LA Pop Matters. February 2004.
  4. ^ Bard Times archive, vol. 1 no. 1, 19 November 1981.
  5. ^ "Hollywood, Interrupted Basks in the Glow of a South Park Emmy Nod". Hollywood, Interrupted. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Tom Cruise's Least Fave 'South Park' Episode Up For Emmy". Access Hollywood. 6 July 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Sean Penn Dances on Sacred Hawaiian Burial Grounds". Hollywood, Interrupted. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Oahu Outrage". New York Post. 11 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  9. ^ "JELL-O MAN: Actor, Comedian, Educator, Tabloid Bitch and...Serial Rapist?". Hollywood, Interrupted. 3 January 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  10. ^ "Ebner vs. Cosby". Hollywood Elsewhere. 3 January 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  11. ^ "SICK: Celebrity Cult of $cientology Attempts to Capitalize on Virginia Tech Tragedy". Hollywood Interrupted. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  12. ^ "First Photos: Scientologists Invade Virginia Tech Campus". Radar Online. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  13. ^ "VA Tech: Scientologists descend on grieving students". Boing Boing. 18 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  14. ^ "Digg: Sick: Celebrity cult of Scientology attempts to capitalize on Virginia tech". 18 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  15. ^ "Rich and Reckless" (2008) at the Internet Movie Database

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