Mark Geary joined the WFMY news team as a General Assignment Reporter in May 2011. In April 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists honored Mark with a National Sigma Delta Chi Award, one of the highest honors a journalist can receive.
Mark comes to WFMY from KCRG-TV9 News in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mark earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. While at the university, Mark taught several college courses and reported for KOMU-TV8.
Multiple organizations have honored Mark. The Peter Jennings Project selected him to be a 2011 Peter Jennings Fellow. The RTDNA presented him with an Edward R. Murrow award for Broadcast Writing in 2010. He has also earned an Emmy Award for a story about an Iowa couple that sells DVDs on eBay. In addition, he has received awards from the Associated Press, Iowa Broadcast News Association and Northwest Broadcast News Association.
In 2010, Mark traveled around the country with the Iowa National Guard as an embedded reporter at Camp Ripley, Minn., Camp Shelby, Miss., and Fort Irwin, Calif., while soldiers prepared to deploy to Afghanistan. He spent one week with the troops at each military base and created a one hour documentary about the historic deployment. Mark's Iowa National Guard reports earned him his second Emmy Award in 2011.
During the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, Mark interviewed every presidential candidate including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee and several other lesser-known candidates.
In 2007, the Cedar Rapids School District inducted Mark into the Volunteer Hall of Fame. He enjoys mentoring high school students and helping them improve their writing skills.
Mark grew up in the Chicago suburbs, but can't wait to explore North Carolina. He loves to tell creative stories about people in the community, and enjoys reporting because each day on the job is always different.
In his free time, Mark likes to listen to music, read, watch movies and talk to friends. Mark and his wife, Tisha, live in Greensboro.
Name one of your role models.
My parents. They have set an incredible example and taught me more than they'll ever know.
Where is your favorite place to visit?
Anywhere my friends and family live. I love to travel and visit new places. I'm looking forward to exploring North Carolina and the East Coast!
If you weren't on television news, what would you do for a living?
When I was growing up, I always imagined I'd become a teacher. However, I'd argue journalists are also teachers.
What is your favorite food?
Deep dish Chicago-style pizza or mashed potatoes.
What are your hobbies?
I love watching movies (especially horror movies) and going to concerts.