Mark Packer

Anchor/Sports Producer
WVLT | Knoxville, Tennessee
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Local 8 News anchor and sports producer

As a child, I always dreamed of being a sportscaster.

I started in high school and followed that passion through college, landing my first on-air job in 1992 in Midland/Odessa, Texas, where I covered the Odessa Permian Panthers, the football team highlighted in the movie, "Friday Night Lights."

I moved to Knoxville in 1996 to cover sports at WBIR, where I was honored to be voted "Best Sportscaster in East Tennessee” by Knoxville News Sentinel readers for 5 consecutive years.

In 2004, I started looking for a new challenge and formed my own production company, "Pack-Man's Sports Productions,” where I created a regional Southeastern Conference football show seen in almost 5 million homes in 11 states.

But my love for East Tennessee shifted my focus back to the local market.

In January of 2005, I accepted the position of news anchor for WVLT's First at Four and also became a part of Sports Overtime, the largest sports department in the Knoxville market.

I love being a part of East Tennessee’s football fabric with "The Locker Room presented by Parkwest Medical Center,” my Sunday night sports talk show with GoVolsXtra.com and former UT players. The show plays Sundays at 11 p.m. (10 CST) in the Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities markets.

I also am proud to host "Pilot's High School Heroes," where we talk to local players and coaches. You can see that show on MyVLT2 Thursdays at 10 p.m.

I live in West Knoxville with my wife Dee Dee and three daughters: Hillary, Blakelee and Presley.


  • Favorite Food: Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Shake

  • Favorite Musical Artist: Michael W. Smith

  • Favorite Escape: A beach trip with my wife

  • Hidden Talent:Singing - I was first chair all-region first tenor in high school in The Dallas/Ft. Worth area

  • Most Memorable Interview:Tom Landry while a college intern

  • My Hero:I have a number of people who I have a lot of respect for; it would be hard to choose just one hero.


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