Mark Steines

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Mark Steines
Bourne 3 Premiere Stiles and ET.jpg
Steines interviewing Julia Stiles in 2007
Born (1964-06-07) June 7, 1964 (age 58)
Alma materUniversity of Northern Iowa
Occupation(s)Journalist/Anchor, Actor
Years active1995-present
Height6 ft (183 cm)
(m. 1995; div. 2013)

Julie Freyermuth
(m. 2016)

Mark Anthony Steines (born June 7, 1964) is an American broadcast journalist and actor who was host of the syndicated gossip and entertainment round-up program Entertainment Tonight from 2004 to 2012, joining the program on August 24, 1995. He left the show on July 27, 2012. From 2012 to 2018, he co-hosted Hallmark Channel's Home and Family.

Personal life[edit]

Steines was born in Dubuque, Iowa, one of two sons. He graduated from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He then went to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on a football scholarship, graduating with a B.A. in radio and television.

Steines has competed four times in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix, the most recent being in 2013.[1] According to records kept by the event's celebrity coordinator, The Celebrity Source, Gene Hackman and Caitlyn Jenner are the only celebrities who have competed more times than Steines in the 38-year history of the race.

He married former Entertainment Tonight correspondent and Miss America 1993, Leanza Cornett, on the island of Kauai on July 22, 1995. They have two sons, Kai Harper and Avery James.[2] In January 2013 Steines and Cornett officially announced that they were seeking a divorce after 17 years of marriage.[2]

On August 20, 2016, Mark married children's book author Julie Freyermuth in a surprise (to their guests) ceremony at his Los Angeles home.[3] Steines met Freyermuth in August 2015 when she was a guest on his Hallmark TV show, Home and Family.[3] They welcomed a daughter, Parker Rose, on July 28, 2017.[4]


After graduation, Steines worked in the newsroom at KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa, rising up the ranks to reporter and photographer. As a cameraman at the 1988 Republican National Convention, he was mistaken for Tom Cruise and ended up on Entertainment Tonight.[5] He then moved on to KSPR in Springfield, Missouri, where he was the sports anchor until 1991. His career led him to KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, California, and ESPN assignments. Steines was awarded two Emmys and a Golden Mike Award for work he did on KCAL specials.

In addition to his work as a broadcast journalist, Steines has done some acting. One of his roles was as a security guard in the movie Nixon (1995).

In 1995, he started as a correspondent and substitute anchor at Entertainment Tonight. Prior to being selected as co-host, Steines was also anchor of Entertainment Tonight Weekend and primary substitute anchor. However, he resumed co-hosting ET Weekend on a regular basis in mid-September 2010. In May, 2011, longtime co-anchor Mary Hart left the show and Steines took over as the main anchor. However, on March 24, 2012, it was announced that Steines had decided to leave ET at the end of his contract in order to pursue other opportunities. On July 27, 2012, Steines left ET after 17 years.[6][7] His replacement was Rob Marciano. In 2006, he was a guest in an episode of the sixth season of America's Next Top Model.

Steines was the host of AOL's online reality television show Gold Rush in Fall 2006 which was executive produced by Mark Burnett.

He moved on to host the new Hallmark Channel TV talk show titled Home & Family with Paige Davis, which premiered on October 1, 2012. Cristina Ferrare replaced Davis in November 2012. On June 21, 2016, Debbie Matenopoulos replaced Cristina Ferrare as his new cohost.[8] In June 2018, Steines was let go from the series.[9]

He took over as host of KTLA's coverage of the Tournament of Roses parade starting in 2017, replacing Bob Eubanks.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Nixon White House Security
1999 Suddenly Susan Eric
2002 The Practice Reporter Jeffrey Rothberg
2004 The Young and the Restless Escort #1
2005 Half & Half Craig
2006 CSI: NY Entertainment Reporter
2007 Handy Manny Oscar
2017 A Rose For Christmas Himself


  1. ^ Duckett, Kelsey (2013-04-08). "Mark Steines favorite to win celeb race at Long Beach Grand Prix". Long Beach Press Telegram. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Zach (January 28, 2013). "Mark Steines Splits From Wife Leanza Cornett". Us Weekly.
  3. ^ a b Casson Tripucka, Jennifer (August 22, 2016). "Home and Family Star Mark Steines and Julie Freyermuth are Married! See Their Beautiful Wedding Photos".
  4. ^ Marcus, Emily (August 2, 2017). "Mark Steines and Wife Julie Freyermuth Welcome Daughter Parker Rose". Us Weekly.
  5. ^ "An old video of my Dad on Entertainment Tonight because he got confused with Tom Cruise in 1988". Reddit. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Mark Steines Bids Farewell to Entertainment Tonight After 17 Years Article Link". Entertainment Tonight. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  7. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (2014-01-26). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  8. ^ Starr, Michael (2012-06-07). "Ex-'ET' host Steines goes to Hallmark". New York Post. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  9. ^ Swift, Andy (June 1, 2018). "Mark Steines Fired by Home & Family; Co-Host Makes On-Air Announcement". TVLine. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on June 1, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (Dec 14, 2015). "KTLA Names Rose Parade Host Replacements For Bob Eubanks & Stephanie Edwards". Retrieved Oct 29, 2020.

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Preceded by Hosts of Entertainment Tonight with Mary Hart
Succeeded by
Preceded by Host of Miss America
Succeeded by