Above: First Team
First is Delaware’s public media newsmagazine. Each Friday night at 5:30 and 11 on WHYY-TV, First explores issues ranging from our economy and education to the arts and culture that make up the First State. Meet interesting newsmakers in the “First Person” segment and add review headlines of the week with “State of Play.”
Mark has been covering news in Delaware for ten years. After starting as a general assignment reporter for WILM News Radio in 2000, Mark worked his way up to Legislative Correspodent, Managing Editor, and eventually News Director. He joined WHYY in 2008. Over the last ten years, Mark has interviewed national political figures including Howard Dean and Wesley Clark, as well as sports legends like NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, baseball’s iron man Cal Ripken, and Broad Street Bully Bob “the Hound” Kelly. He lives with his wife (and high school sweetheart) Ivy and two sons, Drew and Landon.
Nichelle joined First in February 2012. However, she is no stranger to WHYY. The Philadelphia native participated in many telethons at the station, during her high school years. Nichelle was only seven-years old when she decided to become a reporter and has worked hard to turn her dream into a reality. The Temple University graduate began her career in Salisbury, MD and made her first debut on television at WABG in Greenwood, MS. Since then, Nichelle has worked in many newsrooms from the Mississippi Delta to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Outside of work, Nichelle loves traveling with her husband as well as spending time with family and friends. She also likes meeting new people and encourages anyone with story ideas to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley joined WHYY and First in January 2011. She came from North Carolina, where she worked at WNCN-TV/NBC17 in Raleigh as an Anchor/Reporter. Moving to Delaware has been somewhat of a homecoming for Shirley, a Radnor, PA native. Shirley got her start in television in Philadelphia, reporting traffic for WTXF-TV/Fox 29 and as a reporter for what’s now the CW affiliate. Shirley graduated from New York University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and East Asian Studies. She and her husband reside in Wilmington and are happy to be living near family again.