Mark Strassmann was named CBS News Transportation correspondent in August 2011. He has been a CBS News correspondent since January 2001, and is based in the Atlanta bureau.
Strassmann has covered major domestic stories, as well as some of the biggest international stories during that time, primarily for the "CBS Evening News." He reported on the BP Oil Spill for four months, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the Terry Schiavo right-to-die story, church burnings in the South, the shuttle program, Colorado wildfires and Texas floods, the raising of the Hunley submarine, the WorldCom accounting debacle, the aftermath of Sept. 11 and the trials of aging Ku Klux Klan members in the Birmingham church bombing. He has also made multiple trips to Iraq since 2003.
Strassmann was the CBS News embedded correspondent with the 101st Airborne, reporting from the frontlines for seven weeks as United States forces swept from Kuwait into Iraq. He was the first television correspondent worldwide to break the news of the fragging incident within that unit. Strassmann was staying in the tent just behind the one in which two U.S. servicemen were killed in the attack and reported live from Iraq soon after it happened. He also covered the fall of Haitian President Aristide, among other major international stories.
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 (1995-1997). During that time, he reported extensively in the United States and abroad on major stories, including the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, the Columbine High 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.
Prior to that, Strassmann was a reporter for WFLA-TV Tampa (1987-1995), WTVT-TV Columbus, Ohio (1985-1987), KMOL-TV San Antonio (1985) and WSAZ-TV Charleston, W.V. (1982-1985). He began his career as an associate producer at WCVB-TV Boston (1980-1982).
Strassmann is the recipient of more than 20 journalism awards, including a 2002 Emmy Award for CBS News' coverage of the D.C. sniper story, an Ohio State Award and two regional Emmy Awards.
He was born in New York City and grew up in Boston. Strassmann graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 with a B.A. in American government. He is married to WSB-TV Atlanta anchor Linda Stouffer. They have two children.
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