Marcus Cocova is a Digital Content Producer for KOAA News5 in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado.
Marcus began his work in journalism as the photo editor for Riverside Community College’s Viewpoints newspaper. He received Associate degrees in journalism, photography, and theater arts.
He later transferred and attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he earned his BS in journalism with minors in photo/video and environmental studies. As a digital manager for Mustang Media Group, he discovered his love for broadcast and digital journalism with KCPR, MNTV, and Mustang News.
After his undergraduate study, he went directly to Emerson College, Boston where he earned his MA in journalism. He founded and managed Emerson College’s first graduate journalism publication, “Intrepid Magazine” and acted as the publication’s editor-in-chief. He continued his work in multimedia journalism with The Berkeley Beacon as the multimedia managing editor.
For 24 years he lived an hour outside of Los Angeles, California in the Inland Empire where his love for diversity and the working class was fostered by the community he was immersed in. As someone who comes from a low-income background, he believes it is more important than ever to diversify newsroom perspectives by remaining open about where he has come from in the journalism space he now fills.
When he is not putting together digital content for News5 he is working on other journalism passion projects, documentary photography, and filmmaking. He collects films, records, comics, and books. He also enjoys all things labeled “conventionally reckless” like getting tattoos, riding motorcycles, and recreational shooting.
He aspires to be like journalists Anthony Bourdain, Hunter S. Thompson, and Gordon Parks.