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Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Mark Haas always wanted his broadcasting career to make its way to Denver. Haas grew up watching Broncos games with his dad and brothers, and remembers peppering his dad with questions about anything and everything. Covering Super Bowl 50 was no doubt a career highlight, along with running down the streets of downtown Denver with a fake Lombardi Trophy during the parade.
Before coming to CBS4, Haas was sports director for KGET NBC 17 in Bakersfield, CA, the same station that longtime CBS4 sportscaster Gary Miller worked at before coming to Denver as well. In Bakersfield, Haas covered a lot of minor league sports and high school football, and he says developed a style he hopes is entertaining to all local news viewers, not just hardcore sports fans. Mark met his wife, Megan, in Bakersfield, so he says it was certainly a successful four years.
Haas went to USC during the Pete Carroll glory years, and his college years included three Heisman Trophy winners (Palmer, Leinart and Bush) and two national championships (2003, 2004). While at USC, Haas worked for the campus TV station ATVN and for the USC video department, and later he also worked for three years as a full time employee for the USC athletics website.
Haas graduated from Fort Collins High School (Home of the Lambkins – #2 on an old David Letterman Top 10 worst mascot list!) Haas still has family in Fort Collins, Denver and Edwards, CO.
Just The Facts
Position: Sports Anchor/Reporter
Year hired: 2014
Alma Mater: University of Southern California
Dream interview: The Pope
Role model: My dad
Dream job: Pretty sure I have it!
First TV appearance: 2006 in St. George, Utah
Favorite story: March Madness feature I called Mark’s Madness
Why I am journalist: No one recruited me to play college basketball
Hidden talent: I can juggle
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Hobbies: Running and eating (the first allows for more of the second)
Favorite food: Sandwiches, Pizza, Italian, Ice Cream
Favorite musician: The Killers
Number of siblings: 4 (2 brothers – Kevin/Michael, 2 sisters – Megan/Anne)
Number of pets: 2 (Dale Dog, Sophie Pup)
Favorite sports team: USC Trojans Football
Favorite author: John Grisham
Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach
Least favorite household chore: Folding laundry
What’s on your iPod? The Killers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men
Who would play you in a movie? John Krasinski