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Mark Zinni returned home to Northeast Ohio and joined the FOX 8 News team in September 2009.
He moved to Cleveland from Salt Lake City where he previously worked at KTVX. Prior to working in Utah, Mark spent more than six years at WPRI in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was the weekday morning news anchor and a general assignment reporter.
Mark is an Emmy and AP award winning reporter and producer. He was honored by the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences in 2003 for his role covering The Station Nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Mark was honored again in 2007 with Emmy nominations by the Boston chapter of NATAS for his work as both an anchor and reporter. In 2010, Mark received three additional nominations from the Lower Great Lakes chapter of NATAS for his work in Cleveland in 2009.
Born and raised on the east side of Cleveland, Mark graduated from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in 1994. He is a 1998 graduate of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University near Buffalo, New York.
Mark got his start in television in 1995 as an intern at WKYC and at NBC's Today Show in New York. He was then hired to produce and report at WICU in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mark previously worked as an anchor and reporter for more than four years at WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio. He was also a news writer and producer at FOX 8 in 2000.
As a journalist, Mark has traveled all over the country. Following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, he reported from New York, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. While still new to New England in February 2003, Mark reported live for more than 12 hours on local and network television during a fire at The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. 100 people died and many more were injured when a fire ignited during a concert.
Mark has interviewed presidential candidates and other national politicians, the Dalai Lama and made several trips to Hollywood for entertainment news. In 2004 and 2006, Mark covered the American Idol finales from Los Angeles and was the first local reporter with a live interview with host Simon Cowell. Mark also traveled to L.A. to take viewers "behind the scenes" on the sets of various CBS and FOX television shows.
Mark and his partner moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 2014. Mark anchored his first newscast for WFSB on October 20, 2014.