Mark McCarter, a long-time newspaper reporter and columnist and four-time Alabama Sportswriter of the Year, serves WHNT as a special contributor with occasional on-air appearances and content for WHNT.com.

McCarter, a Huntsville resident since 1998, is in “real life” Senior Writer for the City of Huntsville Communications Department. He and wife Patricia, Senior Global Marketing Director for Hexagon, are enjoying life as empty-nesters. Mark’s daughter Jordan is a teacher at Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School and working on her doctorate at the University of Tennessee. Patricia’s two sons Miles and Jackson have also flown the nest. Miles, a recent Auburn graduate, works in Birmingham and Jackson serves in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mark sits on the board of directors for the Mid-South Alzheimer’s Association and , the Athens State University Alumni Association, and serves on the organizing committee for the John Stallworth Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament.

He was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, though his only remarkable athletic achievement was leading the Lookout Mountain Slowpitch Softball League in home runs in 1981.

McCarter has worked for newspapers in Chattanooga, Anniston and Huntsville. His work has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Fortune, The Sporting News, Sport, USA Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and a variety of other publications.

He is the author of two books, including “Never a Bad Game: Fifty Years of the Southern League,” published in 2014.

Mark has covered the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, 10 NCAA Final Fours, 13 Daytona 500s, four BCS national championship games, five Super Bowls, three World Series, more than 20 bowl games, The Masters, the Kentucky Derby and a heavyweight championship fight.

On news assignments, he has covered a national political convention, a space shuttle launch and done an extensive series on Alzheimer’s disease.

His most memorable event, though, was the annual Buff Bowl, a flag football game at a Tampa nudist camp on the day before a Super Bowl.

And, to answer your question, no, he was not.