A dedicated storyteller
Multimedia journalist Mark Horner is a storyteller first and foremost. He enjoys the challenge and pleasure of carefully crafting the written word, as well as capturing compelling still images and video.
Mark worked in television news for 20 years, starting in eastern Washington state.
During his early years as a reporter and anchor, Mark shot and edited his own stories, a process he grew to enjoy very much.
A good many of those stories were focused on wildlife, including: aerial elk surveys, the reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons in a remote area of the Cascade Mountains, Bighorn Sheep inoculations, and a Dolly Varden (Bull Trout) survey in a remote mountain stream.
Mark also had the tremendous pleasure of working for many years in New Mexico and Arizona. He witnessed and reported on the reintroduction the Mexican Gray Wolf near Alpine, Arizona.
The bald eagle has long-captured Mark’s interest, too. Maybe that’s because he just doesn’t remember seeing many around during his childhood near Seattle, Washington.
While he was a young man, Mark’s parents moved to an island home that had—and still has—a bald eagle’s nest nearby. For more than 20-years now, he’s greatly enjoyed seeing those eagles and their offspring gliding past his parents’ living room window and perched on nearby trees.
Mark went on to spend many years working the police and court beats in TV news. He ultimately specialized in investigative news and won several awards for his investigative reporting.
In 1999, Mark began publishing a website dedicated to the-then unsolved disappearance of a Malaysian woman named Girly Chew Hossencofft in New Mexico. That criminal case stretched-on for several years. Some questions concerning it remain unsolved today.
Mark wrote a true crime book about what turned-out to be a murder case. That book is titled, September Sacrifice. While it’s a story with many sensational layers, the case—at its core—is a domestic violence case. And that was never lost on Mark.
His website dedicated to the case remains online more than 15 years later (he’s now re-built it using WordPress). Check it out, and you’ll see that Mark was blogging before we even heard or used the word “blog.”
In that regard, an Albuquerque newspaper reporter recently referred to him in a tweet as a “pioneer.”
Rest assured, Mark still has a lot of storytelling ahead of him and is excited to share many of those reports with you here.