Beginning his journalism career in 1995, Mark Young has covered a lot of ground in the course of climbing the proverbial ladder. He began as a lead writer for a outdoors magazine in South Florida while co-hosting an AM radio show.
His experience with the magazine led him to the newspaper industry where he began writing a humor column for the Okeechobee Daily News, a move that progressed to an opportunity to become their sportswriter. After a short time, Young was moved into the sports editor position.
In 2000, Young felt the need to move on his career and took a sports writing position with the Montana Standard while also working as a production assistant for live news broadcasting for a local CBS station in Butte, Montana.
Just a few months later, Young moved south to Wyoming where he accepted a lead reporter position for the Buffalo Bulletin and renewed his humor column while covering all aspects of hard news. In his first year as a hard news reporter, he became an award-winning journalist.
After a year in Wyoming, Young was offered an editor’s position where he took the helm of three weekly newspapers in South Florida. In his first 90 days, his hard-nosed approach to news saw the struggling group raise circulation by almost a 1,000 in his first 90 days and circulation continued to climb through his two years as news editor.
After more than a decade in print journalism, Young temporarily called it quits to complete his first novel, “Devil’s Pillar.” Taking advantage of the time off, he also completed his next piece of work entitled, “Love is the Mirror of Life,” due out later in 2008.
“Love is the Mirror of Life,” is a science fiction love story that goes beyond the typical love story. The story takes a young woman in search of her missing love. When the search leads to a deserted island in the Caribbean, a series of bizarre events begin to take place that will lead the young woman directly into the path of an ancient curse.
She will face off against fate that will transport her through time in an attempt to change history and only true love will break a 400-year old spell.
Young has several other projects in the work, but is currently back in the business of being a public watchdog. He is currently a reporter for the North Platte Telegraph, in Nebraska, recently married to his wife Tracy.
He continues his freelance career is a daily humor/political columnist for liveweston.com where he authors Tales from the Mark Side – a humorist and inspirational look at everything life has to offer.
Biography provided by the author, March 2008.