Mark Binker

 Mark Binker

Multimedia investigative reporter

Professional Experience:
March 2012 to present: multimedia investigative reporter, WRAL-TV; April 2005 to March 2012: state government and politics reporter, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C..; 2000 to 2005: business/local government reporter, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.; 1998 to 2000: suburban staff writer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia; 1997: reporting intern, Capital News Service, College Park, Md.; 1996-1997: associate editor, CD Publications, Silver Springs, Md. Mark has been recognized by The Washington Post as one of the best state capitol reporters in America.

News Philosophy:

It's our government; we ought to understand it. My most basic job as a journalist is to help connect you to those whom you elect and who spend your tax dollars. A good story should help you make sense of how governments are (or are not) functioning. Sometimes that connection comes from explaining a complex topic in simple language or finding out something those in charge would rather you didn't know. Sometimes it's as simple as being there to witness what most people can't.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1995, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Masters of Art in journalism, 1997, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

Birthplace:

Washington D.C.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:

Spending time outdoors, especially with my family; biking, walking and camping, reading, cooking, traveling

Family:

Married to Marla, proud father of two rambunctious boys. Two cats and some fish also call my house their home.

Favorite Books & Movies:

Books: "All the King's Men," by Robert Penn Warren; "The Lord of the Rings" triology by Tolkien; almost anything by Terry Pratchett.

Likes Best About North Carolina:

Beaches to the east of me, mountains to the west, and good food wherever I go. What's not to like?

Most Memorable Assignments:

I've gotten to report from presidential press pools, follow the antics of a bear meandering through suburban Pennsylvania and butted heads with obstinate local politicians. People have shared stories with me about loved ones who just died, while others have patiently explained subjects about which they care passionately – even if their goat was trying to eat my notebook. Reporting can be aggravating some days, but it is never dull.