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Mark Austin is US correspondent for Sky News and a former news presenter for ITV News.

Career

Since joining ITN in 1986 he has reported from around the world, first as a foreign correspondent, and more recently as an on-location presenter. Major events from recent years which he has covered include the Iraq War, the US Elections, the Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

Mark started his media career at the Bournemouth Echo in the late 1970s before joining the BBC as a writer in the newsroom in 1980. Promotion followed, becoming a news reporter and then a sports reporter over the next 5 years. It was in his role as a specialist Sports Correspondent that Mark joined ITN in October 1986. His first assignment was four months in Australia to cover the winter’s Ashes tour and the America’s Cup. As a sports reporter, Mark went on to cover many major events for ITV News and won the top prize in the Sports News category at the 1993 Royal Television Society awards for coverage of the British Olympic team drug scandal from the 1992 summer games in Barcelona.

Mark’s first major event as a fully fledged foreign correspondent was the Gulf War when he was one of the first UK journalists to report from the region after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. During early 1991 he was in based Bahrain, the base for many of the Tornado squadrons, and filed many reports on the progress of the war effort.

In 1993 he was appointed as ITV News Asia Correspondent based in Hong Kong where he stayed for only a year before becoming Africa Correspondent (1994-95). His time in Johannesburg allowed him to report on several historic events including Nelson Mandela’s election to the South African presidency and the genocide in Rwanda. His coverage of the crisis in Bosnia in 1995 won him and Paul Davies a joint Gold Medal at the 1996 Film & Television Festival of New York. In 1996, Mark returned to Hong Kong as Asia Correspondent, covering the handover of sovereignty to the Chinese, before returning to ITV headquarters in London in 1998.

Mark’s reporting of the Kosovan war from the Albanian border was part of ITV News’ coverage which received a Gold Nymph at the 1999 Television Festival of Monte Carlo. His reporting of the Mozambique floods in 2000 received an International Emmy award as well as a Gold Nymph at the 2000 Television Festival of Monte Carlo and Gold and Silver Medals at the New York Television Programming Awards.

Since taking on the role of a news presenter rather than a correspondent in recent years, Mark has often been called upon to report and anchor programs from on location – namely the United States, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Spain, France, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and around the British Isles during the 2005 General Election campaign.

Personal life

Mark is married with three children and lives in London. He lists his favourite pastimes as reading, walking along the Cornish coastline and playing sports.

Twitter @markaustinitv

Mark Austin made his Sky News debut this evening. The former ITN journalist is in Washington reporting on the latest on the North Korea Crisis and Donald Trump’s response. Mark is based in Washington for Sky where he’ll cover the latest news from The White…

Mark Austin has joined Sky News on a one year contract as US Correspondent. The former ITV News Presenter joins Sky News at a time when US politics has never been so high on the news agenda, bringing his award-winning experience to an already stellar…

Mark Austin has announced he is to leave ITV News after 30-years. “This week marks 30 years at ITN, three decades when I’ve enjoyed some of the best jobs in television news, travelling the world, reporting and anchoring on the biggest stories and working with…

National Presenter of the Year ITV News’ Mark Austin has won the RTS Award for National Presenter of the Year 2012/2013. Channel 4 presenters Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Jon Snow were also nominated for the award. Congratulations to my dear @markaustinitv RTS presenter of the Year…

ITV News presenter Mark Austin has been swamped by scouts on The Mall for the second time in 14 months. Upon seeing the group beside him, Mark said: “I can’t believe this. Scouts. That’s just what I don’t need..” This is what happened during the…

Mark Austin will take over from Trevor McDonald to present the ITV News at 10.30pm from the end of the year. Mark will continue to co-present the ITV Evening News at 6.30pm with Mary Nightingale. The Head of ITV News, David Mannion said: “Mark’s background…

An Hour after the news that Prince Harry is serving in Afghanistan broke on British television, Mark Austin shows up live in Kabul, Afghanistan, for an ITV Evening News special. The Special is being simulcast on CNN International. Austin is the only presenter from the…

ITV News has announced that Tom Bradby will become the sole presenter of News at Ten. The programme has been co-presented for the last eight years by Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham. Julie will remain a key figure on News at Ten, frequently presenting the…

This is it. The polls are open in the 2015 General Election and will close at 10pm, where the result of the exit poll, which has been jointly commissioned by the BBC, ITV and Sky, will be revealed. All three networks, along with Channel 4,…