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Marc Watts is a national political correspondent based out of CNN's Chicago bureau. Previously, he was a general assignment correspondent based out of the networks Los Angeles bureau.

Since joining CNN in June of 1993, Watts has reported on the devastating January 17, 1995 earthquake, from outside the courthouse during the jury deliberations and verdict in the Reginald Denny beating trial and from the hills around L.A. as fires raged destroying thousands of acres and hundreds of homes and buildings. He also reported extensively outside the Los Angeles county courthouse during the O.J. Simpson trial.

Watts joined CNN from KCAL-TV in L.A. where he was a reporter for three and a half years. While at KCAL, he won two Golden Mike Awards for a report on the 25th Anniversary of the 1965 Watts Riots and a report on the 1992 L.A. Riots. He also was awarded three first- place California Associated Press plaques for reports on inner-city violence, government animal killing and the 1992 L.A. riots.

Prior to KCAL, Watts was Los Angeles correspondent for the nationally syndicated program, Crimewatch Tonight. He was a news reporter at KRIV-TV, the FOX affiliate in Houston, TX and at KHOU- TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston. From 1983 - 1987, Watts was a news reporter at the CBS affiliate, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, MN. He also worked as newswriter at KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis and began his journalism career as associate producer at KING-TV in Seattle, WA. In 1984, Watts earned a master of arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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