Mark Wilson anchors the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts weeknights on FOX 13.
An Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor with more than 22 years’ worth of experience traveling the world and sharing the stories of the people of the Tampa Bay area, Mark would like to think he learned from the best. His father is former FOX 13 anchor John Wilson.
An honors graduate of Florida State University, Mark anchored his station's top-rated newscasts in Raleigh, NC and worked as a regional correspondent for NBC News. Since joining FOX 13 in 1997, he's been honored for his reports from Ground Zero in New York, Hurricane Katrina, earned an Emmy for his reports recently following a string of deadly tornadoes in Alabama, and most recently from the scene of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. But his standout assignments came in 2005 embedding with a group of U.S. Army Reservists during the height of the war in Iraq and in 2011 when he was invited to the White House for an exclusive interview with President Obama.
Mark’s active in several charities, including the March of Dimes, Southeastern Guide Dogs and The Wilson Family Foundation, a non-profit that he started with his parents and brothers. And when he’s not spending his free time with his wife and two daughters, or chasing his two golden retrievers, he’s probably got a guitar in his hand.
To bring their lives back together, the couple decided to go to counseling. Through a referral at the VA, they found “the Camaraderie Foundation,” a Florida-based non-profit that provides counseling, emotional, and spiritual support for all branches of military service members for free.
A mother and son are serving up a fresh idea. They are bringing meals into needy communities by using food that would have gone to waste.
For more than two decades Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry has been feeding families in Hillsborough County. Their incredible mission to help feed those in need is what's right with Tampa Bay.
Harbor pilots have one of the most unique jobs in the world, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. They don't fly planes, but they do guide massive ships into Tampa Bay.
Volunteers at Feeding Tampa Bay's Trinity Café serve meals every day to the food insecure and one of them knows all too well the struggles of the streets because he's been there.
Hundreds of Pinellas County students are getting a bonus with their school lunch. Mentors are helping them branch out socially and academically through the Lunch Pals Program through the school system.
It's not always easy to get veterans to open up about mental health issues, but a Pasco County detective and her four-legged companion help start the conversation.
Scoop Soldiers, has donated at least more than $50,000 to Valor Service Dogs, a non-profit training and placing dogs with combat wounded veterans. The president of Scoop Soldiers said supporting the mission was a no-brainer.
A group of special Pasco County cheerleaders are taking the world by storm.
After her son Corey was killed in Afghanistan while serving our country, Kelly Kowall created "My Warrior's Place." It's a waterfront retreat in Ruskin that is dedicated to helping veterans, active duty military, first responders, their families and families of fallen heroes.