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Mark Edwards joined the News 3 weather team in early 2005. He and his family returned to Texas after a nine-year absence in October 2004.
Mark had been the morning weathercaster at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, MO since December 1996. His wife, Cristine, was doing post-doctoral work in Cardiovascular Physiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. He says they had made a deal about careers: "whoever got the most attractive job offer first (in a warmer climate!), that’s whose opportunity we would pursue."
Mark had gotten some interest from a Fox affiliate in Fresno, California that didn’t bear fruit ("raisin-trivia experts will appreciate the pun," he says). Shortly after that, Cris was contacted by the Physiology & Pharmacology Department at Texas A&M. Less than six months later, the Edwards family was here.
Mark had retired from the military after a 20-year Air Force career and was pursuing a degree in journalism at Mizzou (with a minor in atmospheric science) while Cris was wrapping up her PhD and narrowing her research focus. Daughter Emily joined the crew in October 2000 and brother Nathan in September 2002.
"While we, the kids and dogs Sadie and Jake love the Brazos Valley and all it has to offer, Nathan and Emily occasionally wonder when they will get to build a snowman again," Mark says.
Bob French, Travis Herzog and Conley Isom welcomed Mark to the KBTX family as the fourth member in the spring of 2005. His “full-time gig” is at KAMU-FM, the National Public Radio station for the Brazos Valley. He is the traffic director at “The Quality Choice,” occasionally filling in on air (especially when the weather becomes a topic of interest), as well as helping out with pledge drives for both KAMU-FM and KAMU-TV, the local PBS affiliate.
Mark can also be seen behind the microphone at Reed Arena as the public address announcer for Texas A&M women’s basketball ("Aggies ball!" is his signature call), select men’s basketball games, and the occasional softball, soccer or baseball game on the A&M campus.