The Dakota News Network provides quality news, features, weather and sports to radio stations around North and South Dakota. The network prides itself on its award-winning broadcasters and the leadership of radio news veteran Mark Swartzell. The Dakota News Network first hit the airwaves in 1984 and has grown into a trusted source for the latest happenings around the Dakotas.

Mark Swartzell

News Director

Mark is a native of Jamestown, North Dakota with broadcast news experience in Jamestown, Fargo, Bismarck, Wichita, Oklahoma City, and Chicago. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Mary, Bismarck. Mark is a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of Fargo Post 2 of the American Legion.

Sabrina Halvorson


Sabrina hails from Central California, where she worked in radio, television, and print news. She is an award-winning journalist and talk show host who has covered several high-profile criminal cases, natural disasters, political actions and other events garnering national attention. Sabrina moved to North Dakota in 2017.