Mark Lodato is associate dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and associate general manager of Arizona PBS at Arizona State University. As associate dean, Mark supervises the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum. A member of the leader leadership team, duties also include supervision of undergraduate recruitment and retention, student services, establishing new media partnerships and development. He is the 2014 recipient of the ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation and a member of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy class of 2013. His journalism career includes more than 16 years as a television reporter in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Florida.
Since joining the Cronkite School in 2006, Mark has established new partnerships with leading media corporations including NBC News, ABC News, Meredith Corporation, Scripps Corporation, Fox Sports Arizona, Univision and Cox Communications. Mark supervises the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS broadcast news operations, including the national award-winning television newscast, Cronkite News. The program reaches 1.9 million homes each weeknight on KAET-TV, Arizona PBS. Under Mark’s leadership, Cronkite School broadcast students have consistently ranked among the nation’s best in premier journalism competitions, including the Hearst College Journalism Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, and the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts awards.
Mark joined the Cronkite School in August 2006 after working 16 years as television reporter and anchor for television stations in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Fla. A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Mark holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Arizona State University.