Mark Connolly is the host of CBC News Edmonton with co-host Portia Clark, which you can see on weekdays on CBC Edmonton television. Mark grew up in Edmonton, and in his teens actually worked for CBC Edmonton as a janitor. In this job, he learned about the CBC sports department, and found the perfect career — a job that seemed to be very little work and lots of time to attend sports events. Perfect!
Mark attended NAIT’s Radio and Television Arts program. His first full-time job was in radio in Fort McMurray, Alberta, where he was the voice of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons hockey team. He then worked in radio in both Red Deer and Edmonton before starting a weekend job at CBC Edmonton in December 1988. Over the years his position has evolved to being host of CBC News Edmonton.
In his decades with CBC, Mark has covered seven Olympic games including the Beijing Olympics, numerous world championships, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Mark and his wife Alyson have two boys, Patrick and Jack.