Tuesday, September 23, 2014

About Mark Bunker


I’ve worked in front of and behind the camera for many years in the entertainment and broadcasting fields. I’ve spent a few years in radio in the Midwest as a morning drive-time host, spinning records, hosting talk shows, doing newscasts, and writing and producing commercials for the station and outside ad agencies.

During this time I also wrote and performed comedy sketches for this station as well as for Wisconsin Public Radio and appeared on stage as a performer in musicals, comedies and dramas. I moved to Los Angeles to work in film and TV while continuing to perform on stage. Some of my favorite stage roles include Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Pseudolus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and I look forward to the day when I can perform in the stage version of “The Producers.”


During my years in L.A., I appeared in commercials, voiced animated cartoons and worked for CBS, Paramount, Universal, Disney and others. Beginning in 1997, I started using my background in film production to help inform people about Scientology’s harmful practices.

Scientology has not been happy about the exposure. They’ve attacked me on many fronts starting with a webpage set up to smear my name. The earliest version of the page (captured by Google) included a positive review of my acting. They have since removed that because they knew I enjoyed their praise.

In 1999, I created this website which features streaming video about Scientology. The site lay dormant for a couple of years as I moved to Clearwater, Florida to join with Bob Minton and Stacy Brooks at the Lisa McPherson Trust where I produced videos for LMT Media.

While working for the LMT, I traveled to Chicago to film an interview with two dentists who were trying to obtain a large refund from Scientology. To disrupt the interview, Scientology hired off duty police officers who arrested me for trespassing even though I was on a public sidewalk. More than a year later, I stood trial and was acquitted of all charges.

One week after this arrest, I was assisting a German film crew as they shot a documentary about Scientology in Clearwater, Florida. While videotaping, I was attacked by a man who struck my camera with a hammer. The man was ultimately arrested and sent to jail on unrelated charges which were uncovered during the investigation of the hammer attack.

The time I’ve spent covering Scientology has been, to say the least, interesting.

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Since the LMT closed in late 2001, I have been working in TV news. In 2006, I won my first Emmy Award for a story on Border Issues in the San Diego area. Thanks for your support. I will continue to cover Scientology, interviewing those affected by it and documenting the behavior of Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs.