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Mark Villani

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Calgary
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Mark Villani

Mark Villani joined the CTV Calgary team in January 2018 as a morning reporter for CTV Morning Live and CTV News at Noon. 

Since moving back to his hometown, Mark has specialized in reporting breaking news to Calgarians as they wake up each day. He’s the first on scene and the first to give you the facts you need to know. 

Calgary-based Mark has reported on Alberta politics providing in-depth coverage of the 2019 provincial election and continues to extensively report on the Trans Mountain Pipeline as a western correspondent for CTV News Channel and Business News Network. 

Mark has experience covering high profile court cases including the Edward Downey Trial and the death of former Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks. He’s a regular at city hall, having provided thorough coverage of Calgary’s 2018 Olympic plebiscite, the debate on fluoride in drinking water and Calgary’s property tax crisis for local businesses. 

In addition to his passion for news, Mark loves sports and can regularly be found on many of Calgary’s running paths training for his next big marathon. In 2018, he put his body to the test and uncovered how far the human body could be pushed in his feature CTV documentary, “Beyond The Wall.”

Born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary, he started his career at the age of 17 as a freelance journalist with the Calgary Sun. He then moved on to working as an overnight anchor/ reporter with CFFR 660 News while attending journalism school. 

Mark holds a Bachelor of Communications Studies degree with honours from the University of Calgary and earned a diploma in the Broadcast News Program at SAIT. During his time at SAIT, Mark received the Governor General Academic Bronze medal for the highest average among students in the school. 

Upon graduation in April 2016, Mark began working full time as a video journalist at CKPG News in Prince George, BC. He then joined CTV Saskatoon in February 2017 working as a reporter/anchor before making the move back to his home town. 

In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, and loves spending time with family and friends. Mark is an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Jets in what can only be described as a love/hate relationship. Mark speaks English and recently started learning French.

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CTV News Calgary is southern Alberta's trusted source for local breaking news and weather and our legacy of news innovation and community involvement continues as we celebrate nearly 60 years in broadcasting.

On September 9, 1960, CTV News Calgary (CFCN) went on the air for the first time and was the first independent television station in Canada.

The first broadcast was a 30-minute news program, followed by two movies, bringing then owner H. Gordon Love’s life-long dream to reality.

CFCN became a member of the Canadian Television Network (CTV) in October 1961 and one of the station’s longest running shows, The Buck Shot Show, started in 1967.

CTV News Calgary, created a number of firsts in Canadian television, as an owned and operated local of CTV News.
 

  • First to produce a Canadian Football League game from the prairies for CTV
  • Instituting instant replay in Western Canada
  • Brought Crime Stoppers to Calgary
  • Initiated Child Find on television

Canada’s largest telecommunications company, Bell Canada Enterprises, has owned CTV News Calgary since 2000.

CTV News Calgary’s trusted team of top-notch videojournalists and producers are dedicated to providing the best in local news programming to southern Alberta online, on-the-air and in the community.

Join us each weekday for CTV Morning Live Calgary, News at Noon, News at 5, News at 6 and News at 11:30 and on weekends for the News at 6.

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