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Mark Starr is GlobalPost sports columnist. He recently retired after 27 years from Newsweek magazine and remains a contributing editor there. During his last dozen years at the magazine, he was a senior editor, the Boston bureau chief and the national sports correspondent and, for the last several, also served as editorial liaison with Newsweek's college publication, "Current." He led Newsweek's coverage at a dozen Olympics – with magazine, broadcast and online responsibilities – and has written an online column, "Starr Gazing," for Newsweek since 2001. In his earlier years at the magazine, he had a wide range of responsibilites in national affairs coverage, including as one of the lead correspondents during the 1988 presidential election. He has also reported from more than two dozen countries on five continents. Before arriving at Newsweek, he was a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. For the Trib, he was a national correspondent covering breaking news. He later reported from Israel before being assigned to Central America where, from 1978-1980, he covered the revolutions in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Starr has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's from Stanford University.