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This profile was last updated on 10/2/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Chief Meteorologist
2075 Golden Crest Drive
Birmingham , Alabama 35209
United States

Company Description: CBS 42 has been providing High Definition (HD) broadcasting to viewers in Central Alabama since 1996. In fact, CBS 42 was the first station in Central Alabama to...   more

Employment History


  • Troy State University
  • Auburn University
  • Mississippi State University
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Mark Prater (CBS 42 ..., 2 Oct 2013 [cached]
Mark Prater (CBS 42 photo)
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- On-air banter between CBS 42 morning anchors Stephen Hauck and Gina Redmond took an unintentionally funny turn that caused meteorologist Mark Prater to bury his head in embarrassment when talk turned to how Prater dresses his dog.
A video of the exchange was posted on Prater's?
Mark has a little wiener. Have you ever dressed the wiener up?"
Mark Prater of CBS 42.jpg Mark Prater tries to stifle a laugh.
At that point, a surprised Prater dropped his head -- apparently, to hide his laughter -- before he quickly recomposed himself in time to give the morning weather forecast.
In the photo at right, you can see Prater's reaction in a screen grab of the video before it was deleted.
Efforts to reach Prater at the station today for additional comment were unsuccessful., 5 Feb 2013 [cached]
599033 have visited Mark Prater's site.
Mark Prater is thrilled to be in Birmingham as Chief Meteorologist for WIAT-CBS 42.
"My family and I really feel like God led us back to Birmingham, where we love so many folks. Prater adds. Mark's a full member of both the NWA (National Weather Association) and the AMS (American Meteorological Society).
Prater says, "I can't think of any other place I'd rather be. This is home.Viewers here are my extended family!"
During his first 10 years in Birmingham, Alabama, Mark was fortunate enough to be named Birmingham's Best News/Weather anchor for a number of years while on the air there.
Living in the beautiful Mid-Western U.S., Mark has enjoyed experiencing the various weather patterns of the mid latitudes of the United States. From blizzards to tornadoes, he also has enjoyed the new challenges of forecasting so many regions others across the country. Nationally recognized for his experience and knowledge of severe weather, Prater has been honored to receive the coveted National Edward R. Murrow Award and Emmy Award for his on air work as a Broadcast Meteorologist.
Prater also adds, "I look forward to bringing Central Alabama a severe weather coverage that many viewers have been asking for and needing."
Mark is married to his best friend, Carol Willis of Prattville, Alabama.
Mark and Carol have four children who are the lights of their lives.
Mark Prater Mark Prater
ABC 33/40 Alabama's News Leader - Talent Bio, 17 Oct 2003 [cached]
Mark Prater
Mark Prater
Mark Prater joined ABC 33/40 when it signed on in 1996.He helped develop and build Alabama's most advanced TV weather center at ABC 33/40.Mark was part of the ABC 33/40 team awarded an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for live coverage of the Tuscaloosa tornado in December, 2000.He also was a part of one of televisions most prestigious awards earned at ABC 33/40, The National Edward R. Murrow Award for Spot News Coverage.In 1999, Mark was named Alabama's Best Weathercaster by the Associated Press.He is certified by the National Weather Association and holds the Seal of Approval for his on-air forecasting and performance.
Mark has covered a number of historic weather events including the blizzard of 1993, the Jefferson County tornado in 1998 and the Tuscaloosa tornado in 2000.He also served as a hurricane and severe weather storm spotter.
Originally from Prattville, Mark attended Troy State University, Auburn University, and Mississippi State University to receive education in the science of Meteorology and Psychology.Mark began his TV career in 1990 covering both local and international news.In 1993, he travelled to Sarajevo, Bosnia to cover relief efforts with the United Nations during the war in Bosnia-Hertzogavinia.His career has taken him to WTVY-TV in Dothan, WSFA-TV in Montgomery.In 1994 he moved to Birmingham to specialize in meteorology.
Mark is married to the former Carol Willis of Prattville.He's the father of four children, daughters Trinity and Madison, and sons Cole and Fowler.Mark gladly lets everyone know that his children are truly the lights of his life.He is also a certified pilot for fixed wing aircraft with some cockpit time in rotor wing as well.But, his passion away from work is spending time with his family, although you may occasionally find him working on his handicap at a local golf course.
Junior Meteorologist |, 1 Mar 2013 [cached]
It’s a five part series of videos hosted by Chief Meteorologist Mark Prater and the rest of the CBS 42 weather team.
If your class has completed the Jr. Meteorologist Program, click here to receive your certificates signed by Chief Meteorologist, Mark Prater.
CBS 42 Weather forecast for Birmingham, Anniston, Tuscaloosa |, 1 Mar 2013 [cached]
Mark Prater | Kalee Dionne | Ted McInerney
Mark Prater Chief Meteorologist Mark is the Chief Meteorologist for CBS 42.
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