National Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award winner Mark Johnson returned to Idaho's NewsChannel 7 in April of 1996... and who could blame him?!
After spending 5 years between 1983 and 1988 at KTVB, Mark traveled to WISN-TV in Milwaukee where he continued his award-winning style of sports broadcasting, winning the state's top sports stories in 1990, 1991, and 1992. He left Milwaukee in 1995 for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh where he covered the Steelers in the 1996 Super Bowl while anchoring the Nightly Sports.
In the Spring of 1996, Mark was given the opportunity to return to his favorite place on earth and was named KTVB's Sports Director, a title which he held until December 2003 when he was promoted to the station's main anchor, a role that has taken him around the country and around the world covering stories of interest to Idahoans.
In 2007, Mark landed the exclusive Larry Craig interview after the Idaho Senator’s scandal drew national attention. His coverage of stories affecting Idahoans has taken him to Washington D.C. several times, including for the confirmation hearings of former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to the cabinet position. He was invited by Kempthorne to “shadow” him on his first day on the job which was turned into an award-winning 30-minute television special on KTVB.
Mark graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Radio-TV-Film in 1978. His career in television sports began in 1981 at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For 4 decades he covered a wide variety of sports including major league baseball, the PGA Tour, NFL and college football, auto racing, NHL hockey, NBA basketball and pro rodeo.
He covered a Super Bowl and World Series, Fiesta Bowls, NCAA basketball tournaments and five Olympic games winning a national Murrow award for his work involving the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
Mark married the former Chris Plishka (from Baraboo, Wisconsin) in 1992. They are avid Green Bay Packers fans and have passed the allegiance down to Mark's twins Hannah and Lindsey and now onto their teenage twin daughters Alexa & Grace. Go Pack!
When he's not hanging out with one of his many twin daughters, his hobbies include GOLF!, skiing, music and golf (did we mention that?). He is also very involved with the community and has logged thousands of volunteer hours serving local organizations including The Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers - Big Sisters, United Cerebral Palsy, United Way, Salvation Army, First Tee of Idaho, Make-A-Wish, The Boise Rescue Mission, Dress For Success and others.
Mark's goals are to spend some time on long e-bike rides with his wife, also with his daughters on college football weekends and with his first grandson born in 2020 in Seattle.