Growing up, Mark never imagined himself in broadcasting. He always had a hidden desire to be a sportswriter. But when it came time to pick a major, he decided to try broadcasting and switch to journalism if he didn’t like it. As it turns out, he never needed to make the switch – it didn’t take long for him to realize that broadcasting is what he wanted to do.
Mark takes great pride in saying that he was born and bred in Rochester, Minnesota. He spent his college days at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earning a degree in broadcast and electronic communication in May of 2013 before joining KTIV that August.
While in college, he spent four years with our campus television station, Marquette University Television, all in sports. His junior and senior years he helped lead MUTV Sports as assistant sports director and sports director, respectively. In addition to reporting on all things Marquette sports, he developed a love for producing and directing that culminated in the resurrection of “Golden Eagle Sports Report,” a half hour show that he re-created, produced and directed his senior year. His involvement in student media was paramount in helping him win awards in sports reporting from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and Milwaukee Press Club during college.
Mark also completed internships in the sports departments at KTTC-TV (a sister station of KTIV) in Rochester and WDJT-TV in Milwaukee. Those opportunities provided him with great role models and friends, as well as experience after which he modeled his work in sports at MUTV.
In high school, Mark was a state participant in cross country, and running is a love that he still carry today. He’s also a huge professional wrestling fan, avid disc golfer and love watching and studying college basketball, especially his Marquette Golden Eagles. He’s also connected on the KTIV social media network – you can follow him on Twitter @MarkFreundKTIV4 and like his Facebook page, Mark Freund – KTIV.
Mark couldn’t be more excited to be the weekend sports anchor here at KTIV. He’s developed a strong passion for Siouxland sports in his time here, and he’s so excited to be able to give back to an area with such a rich sports culture. When you see him out on the sidelines of your favorite Siouxland sports team, don’t be afraid to say hello!