Mark Thompson (newscaster)
Mark S. Thompson told Tim Conway Jr on KFI AM 640 he was born in 1967. He is an American newscaster and a two-time Emmy award winner for writing, hosting and producing specials for the Fox Broadcasting Company stations.
In the 1980s, he reported on science and environmental issues for KRON-TV, then an NBC affiliate in San Francisco, before getting upped to a nightly weather anchor at that station to add to those duties.
He was the on-air nightly weather anchor, science and even lifestyle reporter for KTTV FOX 11 in Los Angeles. Since he started appearing on Channel 13 (the Fox-owned sister station of Channel 11 in L.A.), Thompson pioneered Neighborhood Weather, where he would read weather forecasts from various cities in the Bay Area. This became Neighborhood Watch. Thompson was known for dancing during the weather reports on the 11 PM newscasts, which he originally did on a whim. However, when email reaction was so enormously positive, he kept it going. He quickly gained not only a local following but nationwide attention as well. He was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 5, 2006, and on Brit Hume's program on Fox News Channel, among others. He left both stations as of June 3, 2011. He made no on-air announcements of his future plans as a weather anchor.
Mr. Thompson ended his roughly twenty years on KTTV FOX 11 in Los Angeles on June 3, 2011.
Radio news and talkEdit
Mark Thompson hosts a daily 10 AM-to-noon radio show on San Francisco talk station KGO. The show concentrates on politics and pop culture and features calls from listeners across the Bay Area and California. Thompson had originally done fill-in talk show hosting on KGO when he first worked in San Francisco as a news person. Thompson also regularly appears on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI in Los Angeles.
Television hosting and announcingEdit
No stranger to live TV, Mark Thompson is a regular hosting television shows of high drama and even life and death.
Mark has hosted high-profile "event" shows like Celebrity Daredevils Live (FOX) with Dennis Rodman and Angie Everhart, all the Robbie Knievel jumps since 1990 (building to building in Las Vegas, over a portion of the Grand Canyon, and over an oncoming train). He even was hosting a live Knievel jump during which the weather prevented the jump and Thompson was asked to "fill" for the entire hour. There was no jump and the show registered a 25 share.
New Year's Eve viewers know Mark as a regular New Year's Eve host for FOX Television as well. In those shows, he has presided over everything from building implosions to musical acts.
Then with a different kind of drama and a bit of glamour, Mark Thompson hosted the "red carpet" arrival show for the Emmy Awards on Fox Television (Sept. 2011). It was his second time hosting an Emmy red carpet show.
For three successful seasons, Mark hosted Guinness World Records Primetime on the Fox network, and those familiar with the genre will remember him as the host of When Good Pets Go Bad and the voice of many of the edgy Fox primetime reality shows at the time.
Career as a producerEdit
Mark Thompson was formerly a creative partner in NEXT entertainment with Mike Fleiss. Together they were responsible for a number of successful specials for Fox, and Mark was the first person to pitch The Bachelor to ABC, though he credits Fleiss with the idea itself.
Mark Thompson is a frequent panelist on political and cultural issues on TYT (The Young Turks) network, and fills in for host, Cenk Uygur, on the show, The Conversation.
Thompson’s regular weekly podcast, THE EDGE with MARK THOMPSON, features conversations on politics, show business and popular culture.
Thompson has been seen as a reporter, an anchorman and even a moderator of presidential debates in feature films such as Set It Off, The Day After Tomorrow and The American President, and television shows such as 24 and Ghost Whisperer.
Thompson has been one of the leading voices in reality television, as his voice-overs were heard in the earliest days of reality TV and are still heard on shows such as American Idol, Paradise Hotel, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, The Simple Life and Don't Forget the Lyrics. He was also the announcer on former Fox game shows Greed and It's Your Chance of a Lifetime.
A regular on the charity and fundraising circuit, Thompson is an active supporter of many philanthropic enterprises with a concentration in the areas of advocacy for animals, education and environmental charities.
- Roderick, Kevin (2016-02-17). "Mark Thompson returns to Fox 11 weather desk". LA Observed. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Mark Thompson pioneered Neighborhood Weather where Thompson would read weather forecasts from various cities in the Bay Area.
- "KFI/Los Angeles Changes: Thompson And Espinosa Exit Middays, Shannon Farren And Gary Hoffmann Take Over 1-3p". All Access. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Golden, Lori. "Mark Thompson". The Pet Press. Retrieved 30 January 2019.