Mark Thorsell

KAJ

Senior Digitial Editor

What is your job?
My job is to lead and coordinate our digital coverage from around Western Montana and across Montana.

When did you start working here?
I started working at KPAX in May of 2006.

Where else have you worked?
Prior to working for KPAX, I worked as a radio news anchor in Missoula. I also spent several years working as a news, sports and traffic reporter in Hartford, CT. I also have worked as a program director for a radio reading service for the visually impaired.

Where did you go to college?
I graduated with a journalism degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Where did you grow up?
I'm from New England and grew up in the Hartford, CT area in the small town of Wethersfield which was first settled in 1634!

What are some of the biggest news stories you have covered or led coverage of?
One of the biggest stories that I reported on was the crash of TWA flight 800 off the coast of Long Island where I conducted interviews and coordinated our radio reporting efforts. Another story that I reported on -- sadly for me -- was the departure of the Hartford Whalers NHL team when they left for North Carolina.

What is your philosophy on news?
News must be fair, honest and unbiased. My job is to report the facts and to also inform people on the issues of the day.

What do you love about living here?
I moved here with my wife -- who is a Missoula native -- so that we could raise our two daughters in a warm, welcoming environment that features a slower pace than the craziness of the East Coast.