Mark Crysell is one of TVNZ's most experienced Current Affairs journalists.

He’s been part of SUNDAY for 9 years, but he’s also reported for Assignment, Close Up, Fair Go and the legendary arts programme backch@t.

It’s a job that’s taken him all over NZ and the world. In early 2018, Mark went to North Korea with a team which negotiated access to parts of the country that no foreigner had ever been.

Between 2008 and 2010, Mark was TVNZ's Europe Correspondent covering everything from celebrity interviews to All Blacks tours and a Gaza war.

Along the way he’s collected many awards, including Best Current Affairs Reporter and Television Reporter of the Year at the Qantas Media Awards, best daily current affairs report in the AFTA Awards in 2011 and best weekly current affairs report at the NZ TV awards in 2012.  

He’s also won two TP McLean awards for Best Sports Features.

Mark started his career in radio, but before that he’d been a fencer, a truck and bulldozer driver, prospected for gas and oil in the Australian desert, a roofer in Bavaria and a London courier driver.

He says those life experiences, as well as being the besotted father to a young daughter, make him more able to relate to people across all levels of society and a better journalist.