Mark Skol Jr. comes to South Bend from the Lone Star State. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and lived just down the road from NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in May of 2018 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied broadcast journalism at the Moody College of Communication and earned his business certificate from the McCombs School of Business. A week after graduation, he began his career at WNDU.
At Texas, he hosted a weekly sports debate show called “College Crossfire” for Texas Student TV, wrote for The Daily Texan and called play-by-play for local high school sporting events on SHNSports.com. He also interned for the NBC affiliates in Houston and Austin, and for ESPN’s Longhorn Network. Through his internships, Mark covered all Longhorns sports, NCAA Basketball’s Final Four and the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.
Mark lives and breathes sports. In fact, the first college football game he ever attended was the 2007 Notre Dame – Duke game, and the first game he ever covered as a journalist was the 2015 Notre Dame – Texas game. Both Irish wins (Don’t remind him about the 38-3 Irish win over the Longhorns).
Mark is excited to call South Bend home. He is thrilled not just to be covering the Fighting Irish but all local sports in the Michiana area.
In his free time, Mark likes playing pickup basketball, talking trash about his friend’s fantasy football teams (not just during football season) and watching his beloved Chicago sports teams. Mark is the oldest of three siblings. His sister Claire is studying nursing at Texas, while his little brother Pete is in high school.
Mark loves telling sports stories that are more than just what happened in the box score. If you ever have any story ideas, please email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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