Digital Influence in the Media on Our Youth and Small Businesses
MARK D HAYES NEW ANCHOR WLWT TV. Mark brings nearly three decades of television experience to Cincinnati’s WLWT News 5 along with a couple of Emmy nominations and a passion for community service.
Born and raised in the Empire State, WLWT News 5’s Mark Hayes always had a passion for reading and telling great stories as well as a love for high school and college football. Those two passions make the Buckeye State the perfect place to call home. Chasing his dream of playing college football, Mark attended Howard University where he majored in their top flight communications program earning his Bachelor of the Arts degree in the Class of 1989. As a Letterman on the 1987 Varsity Football Team, the Bison were crowned Mid Eastern Athletic league champs and were inducted into the University Hall of Fame in 2014.
His journalism career began in the tiny, but historic city of Albany, GA where Mark worked as a one man band covering everything from high school sports to the US Senate campaigns. From there he headed to Rochester, NY, then leapt to the major metropolis of Denver, CO. That’s where Mark earned his first national award from the National Press Photographers Association for spot news coverage during the riots at the Red Rocks amphitheater and the town of Morrison, CO.
From Colorado, it was off to WBAL-TV in Baltimore, followed by the 5 PM main anchor position in Detroit, MI at WXYZ-TV. Mark earned an Emmy nomination and high praise from some of the legends of Detroit television for his coverage of the explosion at the Ford River Rouge plant. Long time Detroit anchor and legend Bill Bonds told him, “I only know one person who could have done it better.”
After four years at the helm of Detroit’s number one newscast, it was time for Mark and his family to head south. The Hayes family landed in the great city of Atlanta, GA where Mark and his wife Latonya spent the next decade raising their boys Kenny and Malcolm. Latonya is Mark’s college sweetheart and she spent five years as a prosecutor in suburban Atlanta. Their oldest son Kenny was also a four year Letterman on the Howard University football team and graduated in 2011. Following his graduation, Kenny enlisted with the U.S. Navy and served on the historic USS Enterprise. Malcolm, the youngest, is a Business Management Major at the University of Maine and a member of the Black Bear hockey team.
While in Atlanta, Mark experienced what he believes to be his finest hour in his journalism career. He spent nearly 12 hours anchoring the breaking news coverage in the search for Brian Nichols, the courthouse shooter who terrorized Greater Atlanta for nearly 18 hours in a murderous rampage. It was a day in Atlanta’s history that many will never forget.
After a brief stint in Dallas, TX at the NBC Owned KXAS-TV, Mark and Latonya are extremely excited to call Cincinnati home. Mark is a huge football and hockey fan and over the years he and his family have spent time in the Queen City for youth hockey events and visiting with friends.
He also loves March Madness, so he will be closely following the Bearcats and the brotherhood of Miami of Ohio very closely. You will also see Mark around town involved in community service projects with his fraternity, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and other local service organizations.