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Mark Abrams

Mark AbramsMark Abrams is a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family, serving as a reporter, anchor and editor.

A graduate of Kutztown State College, he got his start in the industry in the mid-1970s as a talk-show producer, later serving as a reporter, news anchor, and news director for the former WHUM in Reading, Pa.

He was lured to the print side of the media business in 1981, working for nearly 18 years as a reporter, columnist and desk editor for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers. He covered a variety of beats and assignments including city and county government and politics, the police desk, transportation, public utilities and state regulatory agencies.

Abrams is a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was selected to pursue studies in two important areas: (1) the nuclear industry and the impact of the Three Mile Island accident; and (2) the information superhighway.

In addition, Abrams is an adjunct professor at Temple University where he teaches writing for mass media and broadcast newswriting.

Abrams has worked for a number of stations in Philadelphia including WPEN and WIP, serving as a weekend news anchor at both of those stations.

He also appears as a reporter for Berks Community Television coverage of the Berks County primary and general elections on Comcast Cable.

In April 2005, Mark traveled to Rome for KYW Newsradio, where he provided extensive coverage of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI following the death of John Paul II.

It wasn’t Mark’s first trip to Rome. In 2000, he covered the pilgrimage for the canonization of Philadelphia’s St. Katharine Drexel for KYW Newsradio.

Mark is an avid amateur radio operator. He is the proud father of four children.

 

 

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Footprints In Snow Lead To Arrest Of Couple In Drexel Hill Burglaries

Police say a couple they dubbed “the Bonnie and Clyde of Delaware County” may be part of a burglary ring that broke into homes and cars in Drexel Hill and beyond the past few weeks.

01/27/2015

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Travel Disrupted As Snow Moves Across Philadelphia Region

As the latest winter blast picks up in intensity across the region today, the biggest impact point is expected to be Philadelphia International Airport where a handful of flight cancellations are already reported.

01/26/2015

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announces the start of the annual Catholic Charities Appeal and its goal for this year.
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Appeals To Community To Get Behind One Of The Largest Fundraising Campaigns Of The Year

A packet in the mail and homilies preached during Masses the second weekend of February will appeal to families in the archdiocese to get behind the largest fundraising effort of the year.

01/25/2015

Workers shovel out a local bank in Collegeville. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Wintry Mix A Mess For Many, Welcome Weather For Others

Road crews had the highways and suburban streets in good shape by early Saturday morning, but for many, the task of getting the snow that fell in the western suburbs off the sidewalks and driveways was a greater challenge.

01/24/2015

(Pope Francis greets Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput, right, during Chaput's visit to Rome in November 2014.  Photo provided by Archdiocese of Philadelphia)

Details of Pope Francis’ Visit to U.S., Including Philadelphia, Coming Together

It now appears that Philadelphia will be the final stop in a three-city US that will take the pope first to Washington, DC and New York City.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/20/2015

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Up Next For Tom Corbett: Honorary Co-Chair Of World Meeting Of Families

Gov. Tom Corbett was tapped by Archbishop Charles Chaput to serve, along with Mayor Michael Nutter, as honorary co-chair of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, set for next September.

01/20/2015

Pope Francis addresses on January 4, 2015 the crowd from the window of his library during Sunday Angelus prayer on St.-Peter's square at the Vatican. The pontiff announced that on February 14 he would name 20 new cardinals, 15 from 14 countries, aged less than 80 years and therefore voters in case of new conclave.  AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO  (Credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Local Vatican Watcher Says Latest Class Of Appointed Cardinals Sends A Message

A veteran Vatican watcher based in our area says people shouldn’t be surprised by the 20 men Pope Francis picked over the weekend to be elevated next month.

01/05/2015

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PPA Warns Of Email Scam Regarding Fake Tickets

A fraud scam which demands payment for overdue Philadelphia parking violations is now circulating by way of email.

12/29/2014

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Preparations Underway in Phila. and Camden For New Year’s Fireworks Shows

For the 24th consecutive year, fireworks will herald the arrival of the new year along the Delaware waterfront. A 6pm show will also be offered again this year.

12/29/2014

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he holds his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph by saying the saint is a model for all fathers and educators.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Year In Review: Pope Francis Announces He’s Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

Finally, the official word of the Pope’s visit came from the Vatican on November 17 and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput was there.

12/28/2014

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PennDOT To Remove, Replace Seven Bridges Over Vine Street Expressway

Blaum says PennDOT expects the work to be completed by the fall of 2019.

12/27/2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput welcomes some 400 youngsters to the annual Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children in the Sheraton Hotel in Center City Thursday. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Annual Archbishop’s Christmas Benefit For Children Marks Its 58th Year In Philadelphia

Some 400 youngsters attended the 58th annual Archbishop’s Christmas benefit for children on Thursday at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City.

12/18/2014

(Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput, center, in party hat, attends a Christmas benefit for children at the Sheraton Hotel, 17th and Vine Streets.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Phila. Archbishop Delighted With Pope’s Role in US-Cuba Normalization Efforts

“He’s kind of a center of unity for the whole world, whether you’re Christian or not,” Archbishop Chaput told KYW Newsradio, “so this development has been a great blessing for the world community.”

12/18/2014

Chopper 3 over the scene on Monday night. (credit: Chopper 3)

Former Cop Accused Of Murdering Glenolden Woman, Wounding Daughter

A former Delaware County police officer is charged with the murder of a woman authorities say he had been stalking, attempted murder of her husband, and the wounding of her daughter during a shooting inside her Glenolden home.

12/16/2014

(Pope Francis, in file photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Culture, Nightlife In Spotlight For Papal Visit

Organizers of the World Meeting of Families are actively working with local tourism groups to come up with a “nightlife” for the thousands who will be visiting Philadelphia.

12/08/2014

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