This is effective immediately as continuing his political reporting when he's leaving for a job in politics wouldn't be kosher.
It's another hit taken by local media programming.
We're hearing that the "overall mood at the station is very low. Newish news director, Mark Ginther is widely regarded as being clueless, and a number of long-time KING people are looking for other options.
They've had a hiring freeze in place for several months, and the word is that the big layoffs are coming very soon.
Here's Mak's e-mail to his KING5 colleagues:
It has been an exhilarating ride at the home team. When I joined KING-TV in 1992, we edited tape in the basement, tracked on reel-to-reel and went live from our microwave truck-a diesel Suburban. Reporters had no pagers or cell phones, and I still remember when the assignment desk got a special new computer to connect to the World Wide Web.
Through two ownerships, a half dozen news directors and 23 garage gate arms, KING-TV has been an exciting place to watch the growth of the Pacific Northwest. Together, we've shared some remarkable stories: The dot-com era, APEC, the Pang fire, the spotted owl, a stadium controversy or two, a handful of monorail votes, WTO, the Keller arson spree, not to mention all those elections and initiative campaigns.
After 21 years as a television reporter, 16 years at KING and nearly seven years on KING 5 News Up Front, it is time for me to make a change and meet new challenges. Thank you all for guiding me along the way. I will miss working with the talented people who have made this station #1 for an unprecedented number of years. I leave with some wonderful memories and
friendships in a community I'm proud to call home.