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    Mark Preston is executive editor for CNN Politics, reporting on campaigns, polling and politics across the network's platforms, including CNN, CNN International and cnn.demo.robotrailer.com. He also serves as the on-air Decision Desk Analyst for CNN's election coverage. In addition, Preston leads the conception and execution of the network's political events, including debates. He is based in the network's Washington, D.C. bureau.

    Preston joined CNN in 2005 as political editor and has received a number of prestigious honors, including Emmys -- in 2006 and 2012 -- for the network's award-winning election night coverage. In 2008, Preston played a key role in the network's Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns. His work has also been recognized with several award nominations, including two Emmy nominations for CNN's 2008 political programming. Additionally, Preston's work contributed to CNN earning Syracuse University's i-3 Mirror Award for the YouTube presidential debates in 2008, a National Headliner Award in 2009, an EPPY Award in 2009, multiple Webby Award honors, and a Shorty Award in 2013. Before being named executive editor in 2014, Preston served as CNN's political director.

    Prior to joining CNN, Preston was a senior staff writer for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, where he worked for six years. His career also includes correspondent roles at States News Service, a wire service in Washington, and at the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Georgia, where he won several Georgia Press Association and Georgia Associated Press reporting awards.

    Preston received two bachelor of art's degrees, in journalism and history, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.