Mark Baker is CEO of the Northern Tasmania Development Corporation.
NTDC is funded by seven councils to facilitate significant improvement in prosperity in North and North-East Tasmania.
Since its inception in 2017, NTDC has collaborated on the Launceston City Deal, developed detailed regional economic data for local government and regional areas in Northern Tasmania, instigated a Population Action Plan to attract 10,000 skilled workers over 10 years and positioned Bell Bay as a potential green hydrogen energy hub.
Previously, Mark worked in the media industry for more than 16 years and was managing editor of Australian Community Media - Tasmania and South Australia.
Born in Launceston, Mark completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Tasmania, graduating in 2002.
He became a cadet journalist at The Examiner in 2003 and covered police and court rounds until 2006 when he moved to Hobart as the newspaper's chief political reporter.
Returning to Launceston in 2008 as chief of staff, he later became deputy editor in 2012. During this time he returned to UTas to complete his Master of Arts degree.
At the 2014 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards, he was the recipient of the prestigious Hegarty Scholarship, which recognises the outstanding management potential in news media executives in the Pacific region aged under 35.
Mark's study tour took him to the United States where he observed newsrooms on both sides of the country including the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Huffington Post and The Boston Globe. He also observed and learned from some of the digital disruptors including Quartz, Politico and Medium.
Mark became only the 14th editor of The Examiner in 173 years in 2014.
Since 2015, Mark was Australian Community Media's Tasmania's managing editor with responsibility for both The Examiner and The Advocate's newsrooms. In 2018, he added South Australia's 16 regional publications to his area of responsibility.
Mark is heavily involved in community and charitable groups as a director of the Clifford Craig Foundation, a director of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, a director of StGiles, a trustee of the Tamar Peace Trust and a trustee of the David Chaplin Memorial Fund.
Mark is married to Amy, also a graduate of UTas, and has two young sons.