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Mark has been a BBC Newsline regular for many years. He joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1989 and as well as his teatime television commitments he also presents Let's Talk, Spotlight and Evening Extra.
Mark has presented special television reports for BBC Newsline from India and Sri Lanka and in June 2007 he was a guest speaker at an international conference on journalism and conflict resolution in the Colombian capital Bogota.
He was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his work in 2003 and in 2005 he and Donna Traynor lifted a prestigious Irish Film and Television Award for Best News Programme.
Mark studied political science at Queen's University Belfast, graduating in 1987. In 1989 he was awarded a Master's degree in Irish politics.
Beyond politics Mark is a passionate advocate of the arts. He is the chairman of the board of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and is at the forefront of the drive to rebuild the theatre on its existing site at a cost of £17m. He has published two books on the arts in Northern Ireland.
Married with three children he lives in south Belfast.
last updated: 17/04/2008 at 16:04