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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.

 

 

(Mayor Nutter discusses some of the recommendations of his blue ribbon panel report on the future of the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the wake of the fatal collapse of a building onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in July 2013.  Members of the panel stand with the mayor.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Panel’s Findings on Fatal Market Street Building Collapse Released

While the report contains about three dozen recommendations for the city to consider going forward, the largest is splitting up L&I’s functions and placing more emphasis on safety and accountability.

09/25/2014

Students from West Catholic Prep try out the new artificial turf practice field Wednesday at the Drexel's Vidas Athletic Complex. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Drexel University, West Catholic Prep Celebrate Official Opening Of New Athletics Field

Brother Richard Kestler, West Catholic Prep’s president, says his team and coaches, were invited to share the new field, outfitted with artificial turf, with their Drexel neighbors.

09/24/2014

(Garnet Valley Middle School.  File photo)

Delco Schoolteacher Charged With Sexual Contact With Former Student, 15

Physical education teacher William Barber, 38, is charged with having sex with the fifteen-year-old girl inside his office on September 12th.

09/23/2014

(Artist's rendering of the proposed 9/11 memorial to be built across from the county courthouse in Doyletown, Bucks County.)

Design Unveiled For Bucks County 9/11 Memorial Site

Ryan Manion Borek, president of the Travis Manion Foundation, says the memorial’s centerpiece will be a 20-foot section of steel I-beam from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

09/23/2014

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel talks about plans to deal with potential problems at next weekend's Puerto Rican Day parade and festival. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Upcoming Puerto Rican Day Festivities Prompt Warning From Philadelphia Police

With Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day parade and festival less than a week away, police are issuing a warning to those who might want to crash the party.

09/22/2014

(Credit: Thinkstock)

Road Work Closes Ramp From Spring Garden Street To WB Schuylkill Expressway

A traffic ramp used by tens of thousands of drivers daily to get from Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia onto the westbound Schuylkill Expressway is being closed today for more than two months for reconstruction work.

09/22/2014

(Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput, third from left, speaks with reporters at the Vatican.  Image from Vatican TV)

Planning Goes On While Awaiting Pontiff’s Official Word on Phila. Visit, Chaput Says

Philadelphia’s archbishop is in Rome for planning sessions for the World Meeting of Families event, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia.

09/16/2014

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Police: Baby Of Pregnant Woman Shot Dead In Frankford Dies

The newborn baby of a pregnant mother who was shot and killed in Philadelphia’s Frankford section has died, police say.

09/15/2014

(Janet Haas announces the William Penn Foundation's historic grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

William Penn Foundation Donates $25 Million to Free Library of Philadelphia

There was a standing ovation from library, civic, and community leaders as Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation delivered the news.

09/11/2014

Joanna Otero-Cruz, executive director of El Concilio, talks about the upcoming Puerto Rican Day parade and festival during a City Hall news conference on Wednesday. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Organizers Of Philadelphia’s Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade And Festival Invite Entire Community To Take Part

Joanna Otero-Cruz, executive director of El Concilio, says this year’s parade will feature some 1,500 participants.

09/10/2014

(Beware of e-mail messages that might not be from who they appear to be.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Pa. Official Warns of E-Mail Scams That Rely on Home Depot Hacking Fears

Now, Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane says that consumers have to be alert for “phishing” schemes that come in e-mails.

09/10/2014

Darren Brown

Delco Man Charged With Peeping Into Neighbors’ Apartments

Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood says 25-year-old Darren Brown is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail, charged with loitering and prowling at night, and indecent exposure.

09/09/2014

(Bradford Heights Elementary principal Michael Solon, with some of his students.  Photo from school web site, used with permission.)

Downingtown School Principal Who Died Suddenly is Fondly Remembered

Dr. Michael Solon was in his ninth year as principal at Bradford Heights Elementary School when, at the age of 50, he died suddenly over the weekend.

09/09/2014

(Credit: CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images, AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

South Jersey Councilman Not Abandoning Idea Of Attaching President Obama’s Name To Public Building

The Willingboro Township, New Jersey councilman who stirred community controversy with an attempt to rename the former JFK High School in honor of President Barrack Obama says he hasn’t given up on the idea of recognizing the sitting president.

09/08/2014

(File photo.  Credit: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Phila. Man Gets Long Prison Term For Sex Trafficking 3 Teen Girls

US District Court judge Joel Slomsky sent 26-year-old Rashaad McIntyre to jail for 22 years.

09/03/2014

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