Nov 17, 2022
Mark Potter is a veteran journalist based in Miami, Florida. He worked for forty-one years in broadcast news, thirty-three of them at the NBC, CNN and ABC News networks.
From 2003 to 2016, Potter was an NBC News correspondent based in
Miami where he reported for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,
TODAY, MSNBC and NBCNews.com. From 1998 to 2002 he served as a CNN
correspondent and contributor for the Emmy-Award winning magazine
show, CNN and Time. From 1983 to 1998, Potter was a correspondent
for ABC News, reporting for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,
Nightline and Good Morning America.
Potter was graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in 1975 and worked for WTVW in Evansville, Indiana, and WCKT and WPLG in Miami before joining network news.
During his more than four-decades-long journalism career, Potter has reported from all over the United States, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, including Haiti, Cuba and Mexico. He has also worked in NBC's London and Hong Kong Bureaus, and has reported from China, the South Pacific, the Philippines and Israel. Much of his career was spent with investigative units at both the national and regional levels, and he has reported on a wide range of topics including politics, narcotics, immigration and border security, environmental issues, natural disasters, international conflicts and numerous high-profile court cases.
Among the stories he has covered are the Cuban Mariel boatlift, the Grenada invasion, the arrest and trial of Panama's General Manuel Noriega, the Mexican and Colombian drug wars, the Haitian immigration crisis, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Hezbollah-Israeli war, the 1980's Miami riots and cocaine crisis, the Theodore Bundy murder trial, the Oklahoma City and Atlanta Centennial Park bombing investigations, the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the Everglades Valujet crash, scores of hurricanes, the Armero volcano disaster in Colombia, the Central American conflicts, the Elian Gonzalez legal battle, several Papal trips, the right-to-die case of Terri Schiavo, the Gianni Versace murder, the U.S. heroin epidemic, the Southwest border-security debate, the U.S.-Cuban political opening and the dramatic prison-tunnel escape of Mexican kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Potter is the recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award; a Robert F. Kennedy Award; an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award; the 2011 national Emmy Award for "Mexico: The War Next Door;" a 2015 Emmy Award for "Hooked," the story of America's heroin epidemic; numerous Emmy nominations and six regional Emmy Awards. He also received a 2015 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award.
Potter has often appeared as a guest lecturer in journalism classes at the University of Miami, the University of Missouri, and the University of Kansas. His work is also featured in "Square Grouper," a 2011 documentary film about South Florida marijuana smugglers, and in “Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded,” a 2014 documentary about drug-related violence in Miami and Colombia.
His glorious first book, “Sunrise: A Photographic Journey of Comfort, Healing, and Inspiration” is dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Judith R. Potter.
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