January 31, 2006
WFAA-TV Names Mark Ginther Assistant News Director
Dallas, TX - Broadcast news veteran Mark Ginther has been named assistant news director at WFAA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth. WFAA executive news director Michael Valentine said, "Mark brings a quality background to the station, and we are pleased to welcome him to the newsroom. He has been recognized for his work many times and is well known in broadcasting circles as one of the rising young stars. Mark has a solid record of success brought on by hard work."
Ginther (39) began his broadcasting career while still in high school as a camera operator at KCMT-TV in his hometown of Alexandria, Minnesota. During college he worked as an intern at WCCO-TV and Radio in Minneapolis, where he later went to work full time as a dispatcher/ assignment editor and producer at WCCO-TV. He also served as a producer at WCCO Radio before leaving to help start KFAN, an all-sports radio station in Minneapolis. Five years later, Ginther joined KSTP Radio in Minneapolis as news director/executive producer. He moved to KSTP-TV in 1996 as assignment manager, was later promoted to managing editor in 1999 and then assistant news director. During this tenure KSTP won numerous prestigious awards for local newscasts and reporting, was twice recognized as the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) "Station of the Year" for photojournalism, and named national runner up in the categories of Overall Excellence and Breaking News from RTNDA for coverage of a 2002 plane crash that claimed the life of Senator Paul Wellstone. Ginther joined WHO-TV, Des Moines in 2003 as news director. Over the course of his three years with the station, WHO has been recognized twice as small market NPPA "Station of the Year," and been honored by RTNDA with a pair of national Edward R. Murrow Awards as well as a regional Emmy Award for Best Evening Newscast.
A native Minnesotan, Ginther attended college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul where he earned a degree in journalism/business. His wife Anne is a recruiter specializing in high tech industries, and the founder of RandomKid.com, a nonprofit group that empowers children across the US. The Ginthers are parents of twin girls.
Ginther is scheduled to assume his new responsibilities in the newsroom at WFAA in early March.
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