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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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Korean Community In Philadelphia Shocked, Grieve Those Lost In Capsized Ferry

Members of the Korean community in Philadelphia are expressing shock over the sinking of a South Korean ferry with hundreds of high school students on board.

04/16/2014

Gov. Tom Corbett, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Mayor Michael Nutter make a pitch for money and volunteers from business and community leaders during an event at Union League. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia’s Papal Pitch Team Makes Plea To Business And Civic Leaders

Some 150 business and community leaders were invited to breakfast Tuesday at the Union League by Philadelphia’s papal pitch team — and they were asked to step up and do their part for a possible September 2015 visit by Pope Francis to the city.

04/15/2014

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Amazon Offers Employees $5k To Quit

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says his “Pay to Quit” offer isn’t designed to chase people away.

04/14/2014

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, left, talks about legislation aimed at keeping child predators out of schools. Philadelphia State Sen. Anthony Williams, right, is a proponent and author of a Senate bill addressing the issue. (photo by Mark Abrams/KYW)

Phila. State Senator Addresses Need For Legislation To Keep Child Predators Out Of Schools

Flanked by Delaware County D.A. Jack Whelan and Darby Township Police Chief Len McDevitt, Sen. Anthony Williams got their endorsement for his bill, passed in the Senate, to prevent school districts from hiding sexual misconduct allegations against teachers.

04/10/2014

(Volunteers from Peco plant trees in Cisco Park, in the Erdenheim section of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pa.   Photo by Mark Abrams)

Peco Crews Mark National Volunteer Week With Tree Plantings in Montco

Sharon McDaniel, manager of construction and maintenance in Peco’s Bucks-Mont region, says the volunteers made quick work of the task.

04/09/2014

Students from Harry C. Sharp Elementary School in Camden work with volunteers from Campbell Soup Company to plant trees in the school's neighborhood. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Campbell Soup Company Helps Camden Students Transform Their Community

Students and Campbell’s employees were wielding shovels and rakes on Tuesday, working side-by-side to plant young trees along the perimeter of the Harry C. Sharp Elementary School in Camden.

04/08/2014

(Kevin Rowley, a technician with Performance Systems Development, a PGW contractor, explains findings of tests of air infiltration to homeowner Anuj Gupta.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

PGW Offering Rebates For Home Energy Improvements

The Philadelphia Gas Works is launching an effort to get homeowners to do home energy audits in exchange for rebates for improving the home’s energy efficiency.

04/02/2014

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Local Group Questions The Need For Delegation’s Trip To Rome

Catholics For Change claim the expense was extravagant and unnecessary.

03/31/2014

(A structure sits in ruins in the aftermath of a mudslide and related flooding on March 25, 2014 in Oso, Wash.  Photo by David Ryder/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Red Cross Volunteers Help at Scene of Wash. State Mudslide

The local Red Cross chapter now has two volunteers — one a mental health counselor and the other a communications representative — working in the Washington state disaster zone.

03/27/2014

(Gov. and Mrs. Corbett meet Pope Francis in Rome.  Credit: CBS-3)

Corbett, Nutter Express Delight Over Abbreviated Meeting With Pope Francis

“We got a lot of very good smiles from him,” Corbett said afterward. “His English is much better, probably, than my Spanish. But he likes Philadelphia. He smiled about Philadelphia.”

03/26/2014

(Students from Pine Forge Academy sort sneakers given away to the homeless in Philadelphia's Love Park on Thursday.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Volunteers Distribute 5,000 Pairs of Sneakers To Homeless in Center City

Volunteers from New York, Philadelphia and the suburbs delivered something for the “soles” of the homeless on Thursday.

03/20/2014

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Sewer Main Break Shuts Down Several Roads Through Valley Forge National Historical Park

Chopper 3 over the scene Rt. 252 at Yellow Springs Road through Valley Forge Park and Rt. 23 at Davis Road in Schuylkill Township.

03/18/2014

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Late Winter Storm Whacks South Jersey Shore Hardest

South Jersey took the brunt of this late-winter storm.

03/17/2014

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Looking Back On Pope Francis’ First Year At The Vatican

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.

03/13/2014

(A Ridley Park road crew fills the pothole at Thayer and Barker Streets.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Delaware County Sending More Funds To Towns For Pothole Repairs

Delaware County Council has decided to forego nearly all of the million dollars it receives from a state road maintenance fund and give it directly to the county’s 49 municipalities for pothole repairs.

03/12/2014

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