One of our valued members is Delaware Press Association Mark Fowser. Fowser and his team are leading one of the most active NFPW affiliates. They have outstanding programs and last year won the affiliate sweepstakes award in the NFPW communications contest . He is another example of an outstanding NFPW member. I am honored to call him a friend.
Name: Mark Fowser
City and State: New Castle, Delaware
Affiliate and any leadership positions:
Delaware Press Association President; past Treasurer; 2016 Communicator of Achievement
Years a member of NFPW: 15
Tell us a little about you.
I have been involved in journalism (broadcast and print) for more than 30 years, and it is something I’ve wanted to do since I was young. The first job I had was as an overnight announcer and disc jockey at a nostalgia station near the New Jersey shore, playing Big Band, Sinatra and Easy Listening tunes and reading news from the wire each hour. Then, I became that station’s News Director, overseeing a staff of one (myself).
After a few years I headed to northern New Jersey for a job in which I anchored radio news for half the day and worked on the nightly news show for a local cable TV channel the other half of the day. Here, I was really able to broaden my horizons and cover a number of important and interesting stories – a hot-air balloon ride, a rafting trip down the Delaware River, a visit below ground to an abandoned zinc mine, and a mountaintop wedding at a ski resort. The first time I ever donated blood, the cameras were rolling.
The opportunity to return to my native Delaware was too good to pass up, however. I have enjoyed various opportunities for more than two decades in news and talk radio, public radio and television, and online journalism. I have been with Delaware1059 radio since its beginning in September, 2012.
Any career advice you would give?
Learn; ask; intern; explore; join. Find your passion, but realize that it may take several attempts to do that – and, that’s OK.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would like to sing better, and perhaps learn a musical instrument to accompany or drown out my singing.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I have been very happy living in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware or New Jersey). The 2009 NFPW conference got me very intrigued about San Antonio. If I were to pick another country, it would probably be Spain.
What book are you reading?
“Driving Home” by Jonathan Raban
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I never traveled far until about 13 years ago; now, I try to get far away once a year.
I am a little introverted considering the profession I have chosen.
And, I follow Philadelphia Flyers hockey with the passion normally seen in English soccer (minus the hooliganism).
Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?
I am grateful to DPA and NFPW for the opportunity to network, to take part in contests and learn valuable feedback from peers, to have attended three national conferences, to have a role in high school contests that will hopefully encourage the next generation, and most of all for long-lasting friendships and relationships that have developed.
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