Mark Haas is KGET's Sports Director, anchoring sports Monday through Friday at 5, 6 and 11 and also hosting Friday Football Extra and the Sunday Edition of FFX.
Mark Haas came to KGET in August of 2010 to be the weekend sports anchor and a multimedia reporter. Prior to joining the KGET news and sports team, Mark spent three years as a sports reporter and video producer for USCTrojans.com, the University of Southern California's main athletic web page.
Mark got his start in the industry at KCSG TV in St. George, Utah, as a sports anchor and reporter. Mark also had internships at KCNC CBS 4 in Denver, Colorado, and KGWN CBS 5 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Mark graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 with a degree in broadcast journalism. In college he was the sports director and an executive producer for Annenberg TV News, the campus news station. Mark also worked for the USC athletic video operations department as a student during the peak of the Pete Carroll era. In 2005, he was awarded the Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late long time Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster.
What were your duties at ATVN? :
Sports Director and Executive Producer; Sports Anchor and Reporter; News Producer and Reporter
How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:
ATVN gave me a good appreciation for EVERYTHING that goes into a local newscast. I only do sports now, but I am glad I understand what it means to be a news producer or to run playback, and I understand the pressures they face so I can work better with them. Also knowing more will never hurt you, it just makes you more valuable.
What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:
1. Make non-pressure contacts – by this I mean meet people in the industry before you need a job. For the most part I have found people in this industry are very willing to help young journalists, especially if what you ask for is just some guidance. Sophomore and
junior year intern as many places as possible, visit as many stations as possible, and build a resume tape just to get advice on it even though you will never send it out. I visited several stations on a road trip after my junior year, just asking to see the station and if
they would give me advice on my tape for my senior year. One of the stations ended up having an opening a year later and I was automatically a front-runner because they remembered me and liked me. Have as many contacts as possible because you never know who will help you get that first job.
2. Be nice to your production people – when you get your first job as a reporter/anchor, treat your photographers and studio crew with nothing but respect. Help them wind cables, put away microphones, and treat them like equals and in return they will make your job a whole lot easier too.