Mark Viviano

Mark Viviano 175x131Mark Viviano is sports director for WJZ.

Most recently, Mark was studio anchor and national correspondent for CNN-Sports Illustrated, a position he assumed after leaving the Baltimore NBC affiliate television station WBAL-TV in December 1999.

Baltimoreans will remember him as the weekend sports anchor and reporter for that station, as well as for his role on sister radio stations WBAL-AM and 98 Rock FM as the morning radio sports anchor and evening/weekend call-in host for sports–related programming.

Mark originally came to Baltimore from the Midwest where he worked for WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio as weekend sports anchor. He also served in a similar capacity at WCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Career highlights include earning national recognition as the reporter who broke the story of the Cleveland Browns’ relocation to Baltimore in November 1995.

He also was selected to carry the Olympic torch through Baltimore en route to its final destination at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Mark is an avid runner and has completed 21 marathons, including the 2002 Boston Marathon. He finished 109th out of 1,800 runners in the inaugural Baltimore 10 Miler in June 2008.

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Mark is a native of St. Louis, Mo.

Many Orioles Players Return To Improve Last Year’s Losing Season

As the O’s get ready for day two of full squad workouts, so far, we’re seeing a familiar team.

02/20/2018

Orioles Start Spring Training Revamping Expectations, Attitude After Last Season

For the first time since 2012, the Orioles begin spring training following a losing season, and there are serious concerns in camp.

02/18/2018

Ravens Letter To Fans: We Need Your Support

The Ravens front office can’t help but notice the thousands of unoccupied seats at home games and they’ve addressed the issue of “no shows” in a letter.

12/22/2017

Trade Machado? An Unspeakable Outrage To Some, A No-Brainer To Others

Trade Machado? While it’s an unspeakable outrage to some, it’s a practical and reasonable plan to others.

12/18/2017

Towson University Mens Basketball Hold Scrimmage To Raise Money For Hurricane Relief

Towson University gets a jump on the season with a special exhibition game on campus Saturday.

10/27/2017

Ravens Fans & Players Prep In London For Big Game Sunday Morning

Football history is being made for the Ravens this weekend in London with their first trans-Atlantic trip.

09/23/2017

Ravens Have First Practice In London In Prep For Sunday Game

In prep for the London showdown, the Ravens arrived in England for their first ever game overseas.

09/22/2017

Raven Justin Tucker Practices With Fans At Patterson Park

As the Ravens kick off training camp next week, kicker Justin Tucker is a step ahead.

07/17/2017

Mark Viviano: Optimism High In Sarasota For O’s Spring Training

Optimism is high at the Orioles complex in Sarasota, Florida, as they prepare for the upcoming season.

02/15/2017

Harbaugh, Showalter Together To Help Bring Autism Awareness

Some of the area’s biggest sports stars are together in Towson to help bring awareness to autism.

01/13/2016

Breaking The Streak: Orioles Celebrate Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2131 Straight Games

The Orioles prepare to celebrate a major anniversary Tuesday night.

09/01/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

Ray Rice Pleading For 2nd Chance In NFL: ‘I’m A Rehabilitated Man’

Former Raven Ray Rice goes on national television, saying he’s been rehabilitated. He’s pleading for a second chance in the NFL. So far, no team has hired him.

08/04/2015

Terps Still Dancing In March Madness

Heading to the Final Four. The Terps are still dancing in March Madness. The Maryland women defeated Tennessee. Now mighty U-Conn is next.

03/31/2015

Fan Expectation Is High For The Orioles

Before you know it, there will be plenty of traffic around Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Expectations will be high for the Birds, the defending American League East champs.

03/09/2015

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 07: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles stands on first base after hitting a single in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Baltimore won the game 8-2. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

BLOG: Viviano And Machado

Manny Machado tells Mark Viviano he has no hesitation about his health and ability and he’s “diving right in.”

03/06/2015

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 21: Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles blows a bubble as he rounds first base after hitting his second two run home run of the game against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 21, 2014 in Anaheim, California.

Orioles All-Star Adam Jones Talks Leadership, Desire To Speak His Mind

Orioles spring training continues in Florida. Sports director Mark Viviano talks to All-Star Adam Jones, who made some controversial comments about the team’s off-season moves.

03/06/2015

ALCS Game 3 Orioles Will Take On Royals Tuesday

Game 3 of the ALCS has been postponed.

10/13/2014

Report: Ravens Execs Knew About Elevator Punch In February

A new report challenges what both the Ravens and the NFL have told us about the Ray Rice controversy.

09/19/2014

Ravens Defeat Steelers 26-6 In Thursday Night Football

Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to tight end Owen Daniels, Justin Tucker kicked four field goals, and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 in Thursday Night Football on WJZ-TV.

09/11/2014

Ravens Take LB Mosley With 17th Overall Pick

The Baltimore Ravens have selected Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick in the NFL draft.

05/08/2014

After 6 Weeks In Sunny Sarasota, Orioles Ready For Opening Day

The Orioles start a new season with Opening Day, taking on the Boston Red Sox Monday afternoon.

03/30/2014

Raising Expectations: Orioles Plan To Make A Lot Of Noise In 2014

We’re a little more than three weeks away from Opening Day, and the Orioles know the fans are expecting a big season from them.

03/07/2014

Winning Attitude: Orioles Focused On Trip To World Series In 2014

The Orioles appear to be poised for another winning season and a possible playoff run.

03/06/2014

Baltimore’s Day For Ray: #52 Inducted Into Ring Of Honor

A special tribute to one of the greatest sports figures in Baltimore history.

09/22/2013

Former Colts-Great Art Donovan Dies At 89

Former Colts-great Art Donovan passes away at the age of 89. Artie will be remembered as much for his play on the field as the way he lived his life after he left the game.

08/04/2013

Back To Work: Ravens Hold 1st Full Squad Practice Of The Preseason

The road to a second straight Super Bowl title begins in earnest for the Ravens. The first full squad practice took place Thursday.

07/25/2013

Veteran Ravens Players Report For Training Camp In Owings Mills

It is day two of Ravens training camp in Owings Mills. The Ravens player got a break Wednesday–practice was canceled.

07/24/2013

And They’re Off! Sports Director Mark Viviano Calls His First Race At Pimlico

In two weeks, Baltimore is the center of the horse racing world with the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. It was a beautiful day for racing at Pimlico Friday.

05/03/2013

Elvis Dumervil Is Newest Raven

It’s official. Pass rusher Elvis Dumervil is the newest Baltimore Raven.

03/26/2013

Ed Reed Agrees To Deal With Houston Texans

The Ravens post-Super Bowl purge will continue with the loss of veteran safety Ed Reed. CBS Sports’ Jason LaConfora was first to report that Reed agreed in principle to a two-year contract with the Houston Texans Wednesday evening and will leave the Ravens as a free agent after 11 seasons in Baltimore. Reed will reportedly receive $4 million per season in a two-year contract.

03/20/2013

Mark Viviano: Baltimore Fan Reaches Great Heights

Congrats to Baltimore native Ashley Clem who not only climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, but upon reaching the summit she showed off her hometown colors by posing for a photograph with an Orioles flag and her Ravens cap.

03/18/2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 29: Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens answers questions from the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Anquan Boldin Traded To 49ers

Anquan Boldin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick.

03/11/2013

Despite What Experts Say, O’s Believe They’ll Be 2013 Playoff Contenders

The Birds were a surprise team in the playoffs last year, and if they are to return, they will need to prove a lot of people wrong.

03/08/2013

Expectations For O’s Running High During Spring Training

We are less than four weeks from Opening Day, and Orioles excitement is starting to build.

03/07/2013

Joe Flacco Reportedly Agrees To New Contract Worth $120 Million

The Ravens commit to keep their Super Bowl champion quarterback Joe Flacco, and it’s going to cost them.

03/01/2013

Flacco Begins Collecting Awards As Super Bowl MVP

Super Bowl tradition deems that the game’s MVP appear at a ceremony the following morning to shake hands with the commissioner of the NFL, accept his trophy, pose for pictures and receive the keys to a new car.

02/04/2013

Former Raven Jonathan Ogden Elected To Hall Of Fame

The first original Raven is going to Canton.

02/02/2013

It Doesn’t Matter If They’re Underdogs, The Ravens Are ‘Mighty Men On A Mission’

The Ravens were out on the field today–their final walk-through before they take on the 49ers.

02/02/2013

Harbaugh Brothers Could Envision Working Together

Working separately, John and Jim Harbaugh each guided their team to the Super Bowl. They will be on opposite sidelines Sunday, John as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and Jim with the San Francisco 49ers.

02/01/2013

Ray Lewis ‘Agitated’ Over Banned Substance Allegations; ‘I’m Here To Win A Super Bowl’

Super Bowl XLVII is this Sunday, and the fans and players alike can’t wait to get down to business.

01/30/2013

The Hype Grows For The Super Bowl At Media Day

It is Media Day at the Super Bowl, and WJZ is in the building.

01/29/2013

The Baltimore Ravens Land In The Big Easy

The Baltimore Ravens have arrived in the Big Easy!

01/28/2013

Their Bags Are Packed: Ravens Ready For New Orleans After Final Home Practice

This time next week we’ll be 24 hours away from the Super Bowl. And fans are getting amped up and ready to cheer the Baltimore Ravens as they take on the San Francisco 49ers.

01/26/2013

Fulfilling His Destiny: Ravens QB Joe Flacco Hopes To Lead His Team To A Super Bowl Victory

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? The Ravens players are practicing hard for their game against the 49ers and fans are getting more and more excited.

01/25/2013

Ravens Getting Ready For New Orleans, Super Bowl XLVII

Purple madness everywhere. We’re a little over a week from Super Bowl XLVII. The Baltimore Ravens are getting ready to take on the San Francisco 49ers.

01/24/2013

Ravens Players Celebrate AFC Championship Win, Look Ahead To Super Bowl

The countdown is on to the showdown in New Orleans. It’s been a remarkable run, but there is still one game left to win.

01/21/2013

Lewis: ‘It’s Our Time, We Did It’

For the second time in franchise history, the Baltimore Ravens are heading to the Super Bowl.

01/21/2013

Ravens Gather For The First Full-Squad Practice At Training Camp

The Ravens are feeling the heat. The first full squad practice of training camp was held on Thursday.

07/26/2012

Ravens Veterans Join Rookies For Day 2 Of Training Camp

It’s report day for the Ravens veterans, but did they all show up for training camp?

07/25/2012

Loyola Greyhounds Hope To Upset Ohio State Buckeyes In NCAA Match

It’s a rare opportunity for Loyola University Maryland. The men’s basketball team will soon play in Pittsburgh. It’s the first NCAA Tournament for the Greyhounds in nearly two decades, and they want to make it last beyond Thursday night.

03/15/2012

Loyola Players, Students Excited About NCAA Tournament

Excitement on Loyola’s campus. Their men’s basketball team is gearing up for their first trip to the NCAA tournament in almost two decades.

03/12/2012

Ravens And Their Fans Celebrate 8-0 Season At Home And Playoff Bye; Paint The Town Purple

For the Baltimore Ravens, the benefits that come with their first AFC North title since 2006 begin with a much-needed bye that should enable several injured players to heal before the team begins a markedly different playoff drive. The Ravens — and fans — couldn’t be happier.

01/03/2012

Mark Viviano: Flacco Claims ‘Disrespect’ Of Ravens

Give Ravens QB Joe Flacco credit: he’s figured out his Baltimore audience. ESPN Sportscenter displayed a quote from Flacco on Friday in which he claims the national media spends too much time talking about Tim Tebow, and the Ravens are therefore an ESPN afterthought.

12/16/2011

BLOG: Gary Williams–The Final Bell

If you didn’t know much about Gary Williams, you’d swear he was a mean, angry man.

05/06/2011

COLLEGE PARK, MD - FEBRUARY 2: Tip off of a college basketball game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Duke Blue Devils on February 2, 2011 at the Comcast Arena in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Johnny Holliday Talks Draft And Friends Of Baltimore Golf Classic

Johnny Holliday, voice of the Maryland Terps, joins The Mark Viviano Show to talk NFL Draft and about the upcoming Friends of V Baltimore Golf Classic on May 9 at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley.

04/29/2011

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BLOG: Grow The Arms, Raise The Expectations

Zach Britton is not supposed to be in the Major Leagues yet, and the Baltimore Orioles aren’t expected to be a first place team. What’s supposed to be just isn’t reality right now.

04/09/2011

How Will The O’s Stack Up This Season?

The Orioles are in spring training.

03/08/2011

Optimism High For O’s Fans

It’s a new era for Orioles baseball. Optimism is running high as Buck Showalter begins the season as the Birds’ skipper.

03/07/2011

Keith Cavanaugh Talks About The Terps’ Loss To Duke

Fifth-ranked Duke rebounded from their weekend defeat by beating Maryland 80-62. Keith Cavanaugh of The Terrapin Times joins Mark Viviano to discuss.

02/03/2011

Catching Up With Matt Wieters!

Orioles catcher, Matt Wieters, joins Mark and the Bulldog to talk spring training and discuss FanFest.

01/27/2011