Mark Strassmann has been a CBS News Correspondent since January 2001. He is assigned to the Atlanta bureau and reports regularly for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, as well as other CBS News broadcasts.
Strassmann has covered a wide range of stories during that time, most notably the war with Iraq. He was one of the Network’s embedded correspondents and was recognized for being the first to report on the 101st Airborne fragging incident, which occurred in the unit with which he was embedded. Strassmann has also reported on the Colorado wildfires and Texas floods, the raising of the Hunley submarine and the Monitor ironclad, the Worldcom accounting debacle, the aftermath of Sept. 11, the trials of aging Ku Klux Klan members in the Birmingham church bombing and an investigation into the PCBs found in Anniston, Ala.
Before joining CBS News, Strassmann was a national correspondent for NBC News Channel, the network’s affiliate news service, in its Atlanta bureau (1997-2001). He also contributed reports to "Today" and other NBC network broadcasts. Before that, Strassmann was assigned to NBC News Channel’s Miami bureau (1995-97). During that time, he reported extensively in the United States and abroad on major stories, including the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, the Columbine school shootings, a total of eight Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Atlanta Olympic Games, the Elian Gonzalez story, the Pope’s trip to Cuba, Princess Diana’s funeral, the 50th anniversary of D-Day and the 2000 Bush-Gore election story in Florida.
Before that, Strassmann was a reporter for WFLA-TV Tampa (1987-95), WVTN-TV Columbus, Ohio (1985-87), KMOL-TV San Antonio (1985) and WSAZ-TV Charleston, W.V. (1982-85). He began his career as an associate producer at WCVB-TV Boston (1980-82).
Strassmann is the recipient of more than 20 journalism awards, including an Ohio State Award and two regional Emmy Awards.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1957, in New York City and grew up in Boston. Strassmann was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 with a B.A. in American government. He and his wife, CNN anchor Linda Stouffer, live in Atlanta and have a daughter and son.