Mark Packer is a sports anchor for Local 8 News.
Mark started his broadcasting career at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas in 1986. As a junior in high school, Mark began doing play-by-play of high school football games during the Texas state playoffs at Texas Stadium. As a senior, he hosted a weekly high school show in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area called, "Sports Update with Mark Packer."
After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film, Mark began his professional broadcasting career as the weekend sports anchor at KMID (ABC) in Midland/Odessa, Texas. Promoted to Sports Director after just 6 months, Mark covered the famed Permian Panthers for 4 seasons. It was during this time that he met his wife, Dee Dee.
After marrying in the summer of 1996, they moved to Knoxville when Mark was hired as weekend sports anchor at WBIR (NBC). 3 years later, Mark was promoted to Sports Director. During his 5 years as the 6 and 11 sports anchor, he was voted "Best Sportscaster in Knoxville" 5 consecutive years.
In 2004, Mark decided to step away from WBIR and develop his own sports broadcasting company, Pack-Man Sports Productions, Inc. Starting up shows like, "Locker Room", "Pilot's High School Heroes", and "Rivalry Thursday", Mark expanded the local sports market. Pack-Man Sports Productions, Inc. also does "live" high school football playoff games, the Toyota East-West All Star Classic and does "live" streaming of Knox County Graduations in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Mark also took the position as co-anchor of WVLT's new afternoon newscast, First at Four in 2004.
Approaching 20 years in the Knoxville market, Mark founded the 501-C3 non-profit charity, Fields of Dreams, LLC. in 2015. Obtaining a $10.1 million dollar gift from the Haslam family, Pilot and Pilot Flying J, Mark helped Knox County Schools receive 13 artificial turf football field renovations, facility improvements to all 13 High Schools, as well as $1.3 million in education funds.
Mark and Dee Dee are proud parents of 3 daughters: Hillary-23, Blakelee-18 and Presley-15. They reside in Knoxville.