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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.

 

 

(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

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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

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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

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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

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (Credit: Andre Bennett)

PGW Customers Will Be Getting A Break On Gas Bills

PGW says gas rates will dip about 7% for residential heating customers between now and November 30th because of the lower price the utility is paying for natural gas.

09/03/2014

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) (R) and ranking member U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) talk with former Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson . (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Delaware Senator Says The Time Is Now For Action On Postal Reform

The Postal Reform Act of 2014 co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper and Republican colleague, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, already has been passed out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

09/02/2014

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Head Of Philadelphia Pastors Network Encourages Spiritual Leaders To Speak Out On Controversial Issues

On this Labor Day holiday, the head of the Philadelphia based American Pastors Network is troubled by a trend – Pastors unwilling to speak out on controversial issues from the pulpit.

09/01/2014

Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard announces the partnership outside the Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center in Camden, New Jersey. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Camden School District Launches New Neighborhood Partnership

Just days before the Sept. 2 opening of schools, the Camden School District is joining forces with the Center for Family Services in the Landing Square neighborhood to give parents more resources to help their children.

08/28/2014

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City Ready To Honor Taney Dragons With Parade Down Broad Street

Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons are being honored today for their recent performance in the Little League World Series with a parade down Broad Street.

08/27/2014

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Auxiliary Bishop From Philadelphia Becomes New Bishop Of Diocese Of Toledo

Philadelphia native, Bishop Daniel Thomas, who was ordained a priest in 1985 by Cardinal John Krol, and a bishop in 2006 by Cardinal Justin Rigali, takes the reins of a diocese that covers 19 counties in northwestern Ohio.

08/27/2014

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