Mark Potter is an NBC News correspondent based in Miami where he reports for "Nightly News," "TODAY," MSNBC and NBCNews.com. He joined NBC News as a correspondent in 2004.
During his 40-year journalism career, Potter has reported from all over the United States, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, including Haiti and Cuba. He has also worked in NBC's London and Hong Kong Bureaus, and has reported from China, the South Pacific, the Philippines and Israel. Much of his career was spent with investigative units at both the national and regional levels, and he has reported on topics including politics, narcotics and immigrant smuggling, environmental issues, natural disasters, international conflicts and numerous high-profile court cases.
Among the stories he has covered are the Cuban Mariel boatlift, the Grenada invasion, the arrest and trial of Panama's General Manuel Noriega, the Mexican and Colombian drug wars, the Haitian immigration crisis, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Hezbollah-Israeli war, the 1980's Miami riots, the Theodore Bundy murder trial, the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, scores of hurricanes, the Armero volcano disaster in Colombia, the Elian Gonzalez legal battle, several Papal trips, the right-to-die case of Terri Schiavo, the U.S. heroin epidemic, the Southwest border security debate and the U.S.-Cuban political opening.
For 15 years prior to working at NBC News, Potter was a correspondent for ABC News, reporting for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America." He also worked for CNN, where among other duties he served as contributing correspondent for the Emmy-Award winning magazine show, "CNN and Time."
Potter is the recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, Robert F. Kennedy Award, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, National Headliner Awards, the 2011 national Emmy Award for "Mexico: The War Next Door," several national Emmy nominations, and six regional Emmy Awards. He has often appeared as a guest lecturer in journalism classes at the University of Miami, the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas. His work is also featured in "Square Grouper," a 2011 documentary film about South Florida marijuana smugglers, and in “Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded,” a 2014 documentary about drug-related violence in Miami and Colombia.
Potter was graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and then worked for three local television stations in Evansville, Ind., and Miami before joining network news in 1983.