Mark D. Baker



Senior Writer, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

Aug. 2014 to June 2016

Writer of this 50,000 circulation daily newspaper’s “Living Here” column and blog that focuses on the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in Lane County and the rest of Oregon.

Features Editor, The Register-Guard

Sept. 2011 to Aug. 2014

Responsible for six of the newspaper’s seven “Oregon Life” sections on Health & Fitness, Food, Arts, Entertainment, Weekend and Lifestyle.

Reporter, The Register-Guard

June 2002 to 2011

Award-winning features and general-assignment reporter. Recipient of more than 30 state and regional awards for everything from human-interest stories, to sports stories, to enterprise pieces. Also spent 18 months as paper’s first-ever mobile journalist, shooting, editing and producing videos to accompany print stories.

Reporter, The Eastside Journal, Bellevue, Wash.

Jan. 2001 to May 2002

City beat reporter in Redmond and Bellevue for 30,000-circulation daily that covered the cities east of Lake Washington across from Seattle.

Reporter, The Anniston Star, Anniston, Ala.

Feb. 2000 to Jan. 2001

General-assignment and feature duties for one of the best small dailies in the nation.

Reporter, Inland Valley Our Times, Ontario, Calif.

Nov. 1999 to Feb. 2000

Covered city of Claremont, Calif., for six-day-a-week satellite paper of the Los Angeles Times.

Reporter, The Anniston Star, Anniston, Ala.

Aug. 1998 to Nov. 1999

General-assignment work.

Sports editor, The Molalla Pioneer, Molalla, Ore.

Aug. 1997 to March 1998

Covered three high schools for 5,000-circulation weekly southeast of Portland.


Bachelor of Arts, general studies, University of Arizona, 1986

Bachelor of Science, journalism, University of Oregon, 1992


2005 —Long Feature for “A beautiful mind — Story of 16-year-old quadriplegic Alex Ghenis’s struggle to adjust to a new town, a new school and improve his grades and social standing despite having a broken neck — in SPJ Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for daily newspapers with more than 65,000 circulation in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

2005 — Best Feature Story: Personality for “A beautiful mind— Story of 16-year-old quadriplegic Alex Ghenis — in Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA) “Better Newspaper Contest” for daily newspapers with more than 25,000 circulation.

2006 — Best Feature Story: General for “Remembering Susi — Story of reporter’s relationship with murder victim Susi Larsen on the 10th anniversary of her death — in ONPA contest.

2008 — Best Feature Story: Personality for “Styrofoam to Styrobots — Story of University of Oregon digital arts professor Michael Salter’s obsession with building 25-foot-tall robots made out of Styrofoam — in ONPA contest.

2009 — Best Feature Story: Personality for “The brain behind the bill — Story of Oregon law passed in honor of Max Conradt, a high school quarterback severely brain-injured in 2001 wearing a 20-year-old football helmet — in ONPA contest.

2010 — Short Feature for “No leaving a beaver — Story of University of Oregon graduates who saved a beaver, a real one, in Eugene — in SPJ contest.

2011 — Short Feature for “Bikini brouhaha— Story of a heavily tattooed, overweight, bikini clad woman who was asked to cover up or leave a Walmart store — in SPJ contest.

2013 —Best Feature Story: General for “Where were you? — Story about local residents’ remembrances of where they were when they heard President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated 50 years ago — in ONPA contest.

2015 Best Long-Form Feature for “Eugene is Syrian’s safe haven — Story about the only Syrian refugee in Eugene stemming from the mass exodus since 2014 in his war-torn nation — Best of the West, 14-state contest.

2015 — Best Feature Story: General for “Pre — Story about the impact of track legend Steve Prefontaine on the 40th anniversary of his death — in ONPA contest.

2015 — Best Education Coverage for “Comeback Kid— Story about once-angry youth and foster child Jon Curry overcoming long odds to graduate from Oregon State University — in ONPA contest.