WRAL-TV’s Binker Honored for Work in Evidence-Based Journalism

Mark Binker

WRAL-TV Multimedia Investigative Reporter Mark Binker

TV Multimedia Investigative Reporter Mark Binker was recently honored as the 2015 recipient of the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism.

The Weidenbaum Center created the Evidence-Based Journalism award to “annually to recognize a past participant whose work represents quality journalism on public policy that embodies the principles of the Media Retreat.”

Established by the Weidenbaum Center in June 2002, the Media Retreat brings together “writers, reporters, editors, and producers together with academic and business experts.”  Media Retreat seminar leaders select the Evidence-Based Journalism award winner.

“It’s our government; we ought to understand it,” said Binker of his news philosophy.  “My most basic job as a journalist is to help connect you to those whom you elect and who spend your tax dollars.”

Binker joined the staff of WRAL-TV in March 2012.  He came to Raleigh from posts at the News & Record in Greensboro, NC.  He has also reported for the Philadelphia Inquirer.  The Washington Post recognized Binker as one of the best state capitol reporters in America earlier this year.

Originally from Washington, DC, Binker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a Masters of Art in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

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