Home is where the heart is. It’s a phrase that rings true for everyone living in Toronto communities. That love is also why Mark McAllister created the News From The Neighbourhood series on Global. The regular segment started in January, 2012 and the veteran reporter has continued to share the personal stories about what is happening in different parts of the city.
Since joining the Global Toronto News team eight years ago, Mark has provided RTNDA award-winning investigative work through daily stories and a number of captivating features. He was one of the first reporters to speak with friends and family of the victims from the Danzig street shooting in the summer of 2012. Mark was also on the frontlines of the Toronto G20 protests and covered the disturbing stories involving former Colonel Russell Williams during his appearance and sentencing in a Belleville courtroom.
During his 18 years in the business, Mark has been gone to the far north to interview scientists researching polar bears on Hudson Bay and walked the streets of New York with the Guardian Angels during late night hours. His trip to New Orleans to check in on the victims of Hurricane Katrina delivered a compelling and gripping Canadian account on the storm’s anniversary.
Prior to his time at Global, Mark was deeply entrenched in the world of sports, as a reporter for Rogers Sportsnet. He covered every major professional sports event and concluded his time there working the sidelines as the Toronto Raptors beat reporter. Mark spent his formative years in journalism as the host of YTV News.
In March of 2011, Mark experienced a seizure while reporting live during Global Toronto’s News Hour. He was diagnosed with epilepsy soon after and has since become an ambassador for raising awareness.
Mark loves to stay at home with his wife, Nora, and two young daughters. All the while, finding more stories to share, just down the street.