Mark Wright is an award-winning journalist and television news anchor in Seattle, Washington. He was born in Seattle but raised on his family’s organic vegetable farm in Whatcom County. Mark started working in the fields in grade school – weeding, cultivating and irrigating the crops. He and his family cut their own wood for heat and raised their own livestock. Growing up on a farm taught Mark the value of hard work. It also instilled in him a love of locally-grown food and a sustainable lifestyle. Mark still grows vegetables on the farm each summer.
Mark attended Ferndale High School and Washington State University. At WSU, he fell in love with broadcasting and his future wife. Mark’s professional broadcasting career began while attending the Murrow College of Communication at WSU. He worked as a reporter and anchor for the university-owned public radio station. Attending the same college that legendary journalist Ed Murrow attended has always served as an inspiration to Mark. Throughout his career he has tried to apply Murrow’s commitment to integrity and innovation to every position he’s held. Mark graduated from WSU in 1989 with a BA in Communications and a minor in Business.
Since August of 2011, Mark has co-anchored the #1-rated KING 5 Morning News in Seattle. It’s a four-and-a-half hour local news program that airs from 4:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. each weekday. Mark is also the producer/host of “Inside Politics,” KING 5’s political coverage on Sunday mornings.
Mark’s career began in public radio. He worked as a legislative correspondent for KBSU-FM in Boise, Idaho. He later worked as a reporter for Spokane Public Radio. In Spokane, Mark transitioned from public to commercial broadcasting at KXLY Radio/TV. In seven years, Mark rose from a radio “board operator” (fancy name for button-pusher) to evening television news anchor. In 1998, Mark left Spokane to anchor the morning news for Fox 13 television in Salt Lake City. Mark and an amazing team of co-anchors took the morning show from third to first place in two years. Mark is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work as a hard news reporter and documentary producer.
Mark is committed to serving the communities in which he works. He serves in the leadership of the Downtown Seattle Rotary Club. The club serves those in need at home and overseas. It is the world’s largest Rotary. Mark has served on the Rotary Service Foundation Board of Directors and currently is the Vice President of Programs. Mark also volunteers as an emcee and host for various charity benefits and events around Western Washington. Food Lifeline, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, The Salvation Army, Hospice of Snohomish County and Wellspring Family Services are some of the organizations Mark supports.
Mark’s philosophy on life is to keep an open mind, learn something new every day and bring understanding to the issues he covers for the people of Western Washington. Mark is married to his college sweetheart and has two boys. He loves working in the “big city” but feels most at home walking the fields in Ferndale that his great grandparents settled more than a century ago.