A New Adventure for Me: Veteran Newsman, Author and National Political Commentator Joins WLNE/ABC6 News Team


(Editor' note -- Dear Readers: This press release has just been put out on the Internet. I have accepted a new TV job and will be moving to Providence, RI. http://www.MarkCurtisMedia.com will remain alive with lots of new political coverage from the East Coast. I will still be talking about all politics-- including California races in 2010-- just from a different vantage point. Keep in touch! Mark)

Mark Curtis joins WLNE/ABC6 News Team

(Providence-RI)-- Veteran news anchor, journalist and author Mark Curtis is joining WLNE-TV/ABC6 in Providence. Beginning January 9th, Curtis will anchor ABC6 News Weekends and join the station’s respected Investigative and Political Unit. The announcement was made today in Providence by WLNE-TV/ABC6 Vice President and General Manager Steve Doerr. “Mark brings a lot of journalistic firepower to our team,” Doerr said. "We're delighted to add someone of Mark's skill level and experience to our organization."

“I have lived all over the United States, from Wisconsin, to Florida, Washington, DC, to California. But New England is where it all began, this magical democracy that is the greatest nation on Earth,” Curtis stated. “I am a political junkie by trade, and to be here in New England, which has produced its share of U.S. Presidents, is the place to be for any true political reporter.”

A seasoned anchor and reporter, his wide range of experience includes nearly a decade as morning news anchor at KTVU-TV, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. Before that, he covered Washington, D.C. as Capital Correspondent for Cox Television.

“Mark’s journalistic experience, anchoring and reporting skills, and his in-depth insider knowledge of the political scene make him a tremendous addition to our news department,” noted ABC6 News Director BJ Finnell. “He brings the station a competitive edge no other local station can offer.”

Curtis is looking forward to his move from the West Coast. “I fell in love with Rhode Island when I visited Providence on my book tour this past summer. I am excited to call Rhode Island my new home.” Mark covered the 2008 Presidential campaign, traveling the country with the leading candidates of both parties as a blogger and political analyst. His book, “Age of Obama: A Reporter’s Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008” was released Inaugural week 2009 by Nimble Books, Inc.

His passion for politics began in the early 90’s when he spent time as a Congressional Fellow, working in the House Judiciary Subcommittee of Rep. Charles Schumer, (D) New York, as well as for Senator Herb Kohl, (D) Wisconsin. His duties included planning for Congressional hearings, budget and issue research, developing press contacts and legislative strategies.

Mark grew up in Milwaukee and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communication from Marquette University. He received a Masters Degree, with honors, from the University of Florida in Gainesville and anticipates completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at St. Mary’s College of California, in Moraga, by the fall of 2010.

Global Broadcasting of Southern New England is a Delaware corporation that specializes in broadcast property acquisition. Global Broadcasting LLC owns and operates WLNE ABC6 (http://www.abc6.com) in Providence. Additional information is available at www.abc6.com.

I also agree that you are a true professional, who reports the news, objectively and logically, the way it should be. You can visit http://voice-over.org to have some pro voices.

Mark: Congrats on your new job! You have been a great asset to our community in Danville, and Rhode Island is lucky to have you. You are a true professional, who reports the news, objectively and logically, the way it should be. Best of luck in the future.

Congratulations MARK… on your new career opportunity and adventure in Rhode Island with your family.

You have been - and will always remain - our very good friend here in the Diablo Valley. You are a strong supporter and friend of the “veteran community" - played key roles and actively participating for years in our Veteran's Day Programs held for the San Ramon Valley - our annual Memorial Day Remembrances at Oakhill Park, and the observances of 9 / 11 “Patriot's Day” held at the “All Wars Memorial.” You have also been a positive voice for our new Veteran’s Memorial Building project in Danville – encouraging the community’s support.

Mark you have truly become… a vital part of the fabric of our community – your volunteer efforts to the non-profits and dedication to your profession - will most definitely be missed by the veterans and the entire Bay Area community at-large.

On behalf of all of the local veteran organizations and the many non-profit support groups… we want to wish you great happiness and success as you set out on your new and exciting opportunity with your family. We thank you for the many gifts and contributions of your time and efforts you leave in our community for us to always remember.

Best Wishes…
John Reese


This is terrific news for you and for WLNE, but also great news for your many friends who know that you deserve only the best.

Go Gators!

Mark: I know you have been working hard to make something happen. You're hard work and dedication to re-invent yourself is an inspiration to me. You are "one of the good ones" and your unwavering support of our community is recognized by your many fans. Providence just scored big time!

Good luck and stay in touch.


Hi Mark,

I'm so happy and sad to read your blog! HAPPY because you landed a new job SAD because your leving bay area. As you probably know, I'm one your number one fan. I followed you since you were in KTVU morning news.


Take care,


Congrats on the new job. We're going to miss you in the Bay Area. You are truly one of the "good guys." Best of luck in your new role Back East.

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