To help you get to know our newsroom staff a bit better, a series of question-and-answer posts with each journalist will be posted on our blog. Today, meet reporter Mark Walters. Mark covers Adams County and Littlestown Borough as well as Germany, Mount Joy and Union townships. When he’s not writing stories, calling the Adams County DA office or live Tweeting meetings, he can often be found talking about truth, justice and the American Way with editor Marc Charisse.
Name: Mark Walters
Lives in: York, Pa.
Hometown: York, Pa.
Position at The Evening Sun: Adams County reporter
Years with The Evening Sun: Started June 2013
Graduated from: Hofstra University
With a degree in: Print Journalism
1. What made you want to become a journalist? I’ve wanted to be a reporter since I was 16 years old. I’ve always been enthralled with the art of storytelling. I started writing about my high school’s (West York) basketball team during my junior year for the school paper, “The Paw Print.” From there, several of my English teachers encouraged me to pursue a career in journalism.
2. If you weren’t a journalist, what type of career would you pursue? Long-haul truck driver
3. What do you like most about your job? Enterprise work
The least? Waiting to hear back from people
4. It’s 9:30 a.m. on a day off. What are you doing? Sipping coffee while making bacon and eggs
5. What’s been your favorite project or story recently? Why? My recent piece on farmland preservation in Adams County. Farming is such an important industry, the most important in Adams County, and it was fulfilling and enjoyable to explain that importance to readers. (Read Adams County prioritizes agriculture for the future)
6. What’s the strangest thing on your desk? Why is it there? A miniature, three-flag display with the American, Pennsylvania and York County flags. My Pop-Pop mailed it to me during my freshman year of college when he found out I couldn’t hang a Pennsylvania flag in my dorm room. It followed me through college and has graced every desk I’ve ever occupied professionally.
7. Your favorite journalism-related blog you read or Twitter feed you follow: The Associated Press
8. What’s your favorite movie/Book/TV show? ”Rudy”/”The Great Gatsby”/”The Newsroom”
9. What’s one of your favorite hobbies? long-distance running
10. What’s one piece of newsroom jargon that had to be explained to you? nut graph
(Editor’s note: Similar to a thesis statement, a nut graf explains what the story is about in one or two sentences – or in a nutshell.)