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WSFA 12 News announces new 6 & 10 anchor

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

WSFA 12 News announced Tuesday Mark Bullock will join Valorie Lawson to anchor the station's evening newscasts at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. He fills the position left vacant when long-time anchor Bob Howell retired last week.

Mark brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism and a deep understanding of the issues and people of central and south Alabama. He has been covering the news in Alabama since joining the WSFA 12 News team in 1998.

"For years, I worked closely with Bob," Mark said. "I consider him a mentor and a friend. And while no one can fill his shoes, I am honored to have been named his replacement."

Mark has a long history at WSFA 12 News. Over the past 13 years, he has anchored every newscast at the station and has worked every shift. His work as an anchor, reporter and producer has been honored with a regional Emmy Award, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press and the Alabama Broadcasters Association.

Some of his most memorable stories include a series of reports about the Hyundai Motor Company. Mark made the 14-hour plane trip to South Korea to help Alabama viewers get to know the company that was building its first North American plant in Montgomery.

Mark also remembers the WSFA 12 News marathon coverage of Hurricane Ivan. "We all had sleeping bags and slept at the station for days," he recalls. "It was tiresome, but that's our job and it's what viewers expect from our station."

News Director Scott Duff says he is pleased to fill this position from within the organization.

"We are blessed to have amazing talent at WSFA 12 News," Duff said. "Mark demonstrates every day he is a skilled anchor and believe me, he could anchor anywhere in the country. He has been a part of our community and an important member of our news team for 13 years. Anchoring our 6 & 10pm newscasts shows just how much he has grown over that time; he truly has earned this opportunity."    

WSFA 12 News General Manager Collin R. Gaston signaled that Mark's appointment ushers in a new era in local news coverage. 

"WSFA 12 News has a history of quality news coverage and there is no doubt that this reputation will continue with Mark at the helm," he said. "Our staff is larger and more qualified than ever and our technology is cutting edge. In addition, as part of the Raycom Media family, WSFA 12 News has exclusive access to Raycom's statewide network of television stations to provide our viewers unparalleled coverage."

A graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Mark was named to the UGA Alumni Association's inaugural '40 Under 40' list in 2011.

He also is very active in his community, having volunteered for organizations such as the Arts Council of Montgomery, the Family Sunshine Center, the Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, and the Montgomery Chorale. He is an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

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