Mark Austin thought about becoming an actor and even appeared in productions at San Antonio College but turned to broadcast journalism after transferring schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Radio/TV from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.
He got his first TV job in 1994 and worked his way from Lufkin to Tyler to San Antonio in less than five years. Mark joined KSAT 12 as a general assignments reporter in 1999. While here, Mark has anchored weekend newscasts, serves as a fill-in weathercaster and is currently seen weekdays anchoring "Good Morning San Antonio" and the "News at Noon." He also investigates poor health scores at area restaurants on KSAT's "Behind the Kitchen Door" segments. He says his career choice was greatly influenced by late ABC anchorman Peter Jennings.
"Peter was smooth, well-prepared and a storyteller. There's not a day that goes by that I don't look at things with Peter in mind," Mark adds.
Mark has covered a wide variety of stories ranging from the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco to two major floods in South Texas. He was the only local reporter to show National Guard fighter jets armed and ready to take-off at Lackland AFB on 9/11, produced in-depth reports about weaknesses in airport security and exposed shoddy safety practices that led to a death at a local aircraft maintenance facility.
Outside of news, Mark is an aviation fanatic with a great love for jumbo jets. A model of Air Force One flies over his desk in the newsroom. He has traveled to Canada, Mexico and Europe on many occasions.
"I want to take flying lessons one day," he says. In 2002, he fulfilled a childhood dream by flying in an F-16 belonging to the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team.
Mark's hobbies include kickboxing, assisting his son's little league team and listening to contemporary jazz. He goes home to the Washington, D.C. area once or twice a year but considers San Antonio a second home since his father was stationed here with the U.S. Air Force. Among the things he loves about South Texas are living in the Hill Country, enjoying fantastic Mexican food and watching the San Antonio Spurs in action.
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