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2075 Golden Crest Drive

Birmingham, Alabama 35209

United States

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American Meteorological Society

Full Member
National Weather Association

Mark Prater



Troy State University

Auburn University

Mississippi State University

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ABC 33/40 Alabama's News Leader - Talent Bio

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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.


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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.
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Prattville: City News

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Prater to Serve as Parade Grand Marshal

Prattville's native son, Mark Prater, will return home to Prattville to serve as Grand Marshal for the city's 2nd annual Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, February 18th.This year's themed event, "Carnival on the Creek" will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Stanley-Jensen Stadium and go to the Autauga County Courthouse.
Mark Prater will serve as Grand Marshal in the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade.Prater, who grew up in Prattville, is a meteorologist in Birmingham and a popular radio personality on the nationally syndicated program, The Rick & Bubba Show.He began his television career covering local and international news, which included travel to Sarajevo, Bosnia, to cover relief efforts with the United Nations during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.He later joined WBRC in Birmingham to specialize in meteorology.He was awarded an Emmy for live coverage of the Tuscaloosa tornado in December 2000, which also garnered him the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Spot News Coverage.In 1999, the Associated Press named Prater " Alabama's Best Weathercaster."Prater and his wife, Carol, have four children and live in Birmingham.
Prater said, "My family and I are honored to serve as this year's grand marshals.

WIAT's Chief Meteorologist ...

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WIAT's Chief Meteorologist Mark Prater had the opportunity to watch as Vestavia's Lil Rebels took on Hoover in the "Blue Out Blow Out for Type One Diabetes."

Auburn University - Department of Communications & Journalism information courtesy of the College Index in the Media 411 database at TVJobs.com

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Mark Prater Chief Meteorologist WIAT (CBS)

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