Mark Wright loves getting up early and he really likes waking people up. Now he ll do that on KING 5 Morning News.

Wright will join fellow anchor Joyce Taylor, meteorologist Rich Marriott and traffic reporter Tracy Taylor 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on KING and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on KONG. His first day will be Labor Day, Sept. 5.

This is a big job and we were looking for someone who viewers in Western Washington will invite into their homes every morning, Mark Ginther, executive news director said. We talked with a number of people, and we believe Mark s community roots and standing will be a real asset to us. We are thrilled to have someone with his experience joining our team.

Wright is a native of Seattle but grew up on his family's organic vegetable farm in Whatcom County. He attended Ferndale High School and Washington State University, where he fell in love with broadcasting. His professional broadcasting career began while attending the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, where he worked as a reporter and anchor for the university-owned public radio station.

After graduating, Wright worked as a reporter and anchor in Spokane and then Salt Lake City before returning to Seattle in 2003 to work at KCPQ. He's a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work as a hard news reporter and documentary producer.

Wright has multiple community commitments. He a member 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.

He also volunteers his time to emcee various charity benefits and events around Western Washington including Food Lifeline, Junior Achievement and Wellspring Family Services.

Say hello to Mark at Facebook or on Twitter.

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