Mark Aldren – Past President

Senior Copy Editor , CNNi

Mark Aldren is a Past President and long-time Board Member of the Atlanta Press Club.

He is also Past President of the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association and a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

He began his career more than 30 years ago as a reporter, photographer, producer and anchor at WJXT, the top-rated Post-Newsweek television station in Jacksonville, Floirda.  As a reporter, Aldren covered state and local government, NASA’s Apollo moon flights, the Space Shuttle program, and flew into tropical storms with the U.S. Navy Hurricane Hunters.  He served as News Director at the ABC affiliate in Jacksonville and at the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi.  He also worked as a broadcast journalist in Miami, Washington and Atlanta.

Aldren was part of the original history-making team recruited by Ted Turner to design and launch CNN in 1980.  He returned to CNN International in 2008.

Aldren served for many years as Executive Producer of Special Projects at WGCL, Atlanta, and as Senior Producer for WXIA News, Atlanta.

Before returning to Atlanta, Aldren provided competitive strategy to broadcast clients across the nation as Senior Consultant for Audience Research & Development, based in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Aldren has won numerous Emmy and AP Awards. He has been inducted into NATAS’s prestigious Silver Circle. And he’s been named to Who’s Who In Georgia Media by Georgia Trend Magazine.