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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

KXAS 5 takes Mark Schnyder from KMOV to be with WFAA's Woodard

Getting married to someone in the TV business when you also work in it is never a good idea for family stability in my opinion. I've heard tales of couples living in other cities, away from each other for years until one can get a job where the other one is working. And it is not easy to just pick a city and end up there with a TV job.

So it must be all the more sweeter that St. Louis KMOV 4 reporter Mark Schnyder is joining his former colleague and wife in Dallas.

Deb Peterson of reports that Houston native Schnyder will be moving to work as a freelance reporter at KXAS NBC 5, to be with WFAA 8's Teresa Woodard who took off from KTVI earlier this year.

"I’m looking forward to going to work at KXAS," Schnyder told "It’s a competitive market and I don’t think there’s a bad station in the bunch.

"Rarely do two married reporters get jobs in the same market at the same time. Somehow we have managed this challenge and there’s a very strong chance this will be our last move in TV. Dallas is home and it’s a big market… what more could we ask for?"

Peterson says the couple has been married for 12 years and Schnyder is Texas bound at the end of May. KMOV is owned by Belo and so is WFAA - it makes me wonder if that company has a no employee marriage rule going on.

According to his LinkedIn page, Schnyder has been in the biz since 1992 and has also worked at WAVE, WBIR, KBTX and KGNS. His KMOV bio says he is a big Astros fan, but more than likely he now roots for the Cardinals I'm thinking.

"Let’s get one thing straight off the top," Schnyder said. "I am an Astros fan forever!!! I look forward to the team I’ve rooted for since I was 10 being competitive again one day (Texans and Rockets also my teams)."

Talk about opposites attracting. Schnyder is from Houston, Woodard from Dallas. Schnyder is a UT Longhorn, Woodard a Texas A&M Aggie. But either way, they are now closer to family.

"Besides her parents, sister and brother-in-law along with aunts, uncles and cousins in the Dallas area, I have a sister, brother-in-law and nephew in Fort Worth," Schnyder said. "Plus my mother still lives in Houston so we will be a lot closer to her, too. Also excited about getting to more UT football games."

Embedded above is video Mark Schnyder doing a live report for CBS News.


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