Mark Wilson anchors the FOX 13 5 O'clock News and NewsEdge at 11 weeknights.
When he was 10 years old, he was cast as a roving reporter in his church variety show; since then he's become an Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor with more than 20 years experience traveling the world and sharing the stories of the people of the Tampa Bay area.
An honors graduate of Florida State University, Mark anchored his station's top-rated weekend newscasts In Raleigh, NC and served as a regional correspondent for NBC News in the mid 90's. He realized a lifelong dream when he joined FOX 13 in 1997, which gave him an opportunity to work closely with his father, FOX 13 anchor John Wilson. Since then he's flown an F-16 with the Thunderbirds and driven an Indy car on the streets of St. Pete, but has made a habit of reporting from the scenes of many major news events. Mark's been honored for his reports from Ground Zero in New York City, covering Hurricane Katrina and the deadly tornadoes that recently tore through Alabama.
Mark's also the only Tampa Bay area television reporter to visit a military unit during the war in Iraq. He joined a group of Army Reservists from Clearwater near Baghdad in 2005 and received several honors for his reports. That experience in Iraq garnered him a rare invitation to speak to U.S. Central Command's Coalition Village, which consists of military leaders from around the world.
Mark most recently made history as the only television reporter in the Southeast to be invited to the White House for an exclusive interview with President Obama and deliver his reports live from the South Lawn.
With roots running deep in the Tampa Bay area since he grew up in St. Petersburg, he's active in several charities and spends his free time with his wife and two children in St. Petersburg.