Mark Preston is based in the network’s Washington, DC, bureau. Named to the position in December 2011, he is responsible for overseeing the network’s political coverage across all platforms and is the primary contact with political campaigns at both the state and national level. Preston is a co-creator of CNN’s Political Gut Check and serves as an on-air political analyst across CNN platforms, including CNN/U.S., CNN International, HLN and CNN.com.
Preston joined CNN in 2005. He has received a number of prestigious honors over his tenure with the network. In 2008, he played a key role in the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns and is the recipient of two Emmy Awards. His work has also been recognized with several award nominations, including two Emmy nominations for CNN’s 2008 political programming. Additionally, his work contributed to CNN's earning Syracuse University’s i-3 Mirror Award for the YouTube presidential debates in 2008 and an EPPY Award for Best News/ Politics Blog.
Before joining CNN, Preston was a senior staff writer for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, where he worked for six years. His career also includes correspondent roles at States News Service, a wire service in Washington, and at the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Georgia, where he won several Georgia Press Association and Georgia Associated Press reporting awards.
Preston received two BA degrees, in journalism and history, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.