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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.

 

 

A new Jeep on the track at Camp Jeep in the back of the main hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is one of the most popular attractions at the Philadelphia Auto Show. Professional drivers give visitors a free ride over an indoor obstacle course. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Phila. Auto Show Includes Test Drives, Other Attractions At Convention Center

Among the many attractions at the 115th Philadelphia Auto Show this year is a chance to take a ride in a popular four-wheeler in a simulated off-road experience.

02/04/2016

Governor Tom Wolf, in file photo. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania’s High School Graduation Tests Put On Hold

Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation putting a temporary hold on the use of the controversial graduation exams.

02/04/2016

City Controller Alan Butkovitz discusses findings of his investigation of alleged mismanagement of the city's mail distribution center during a Tuesday news conference.
(credit: Mark Abrams)

City Controller Finds Problems In Philly’s Mail Distribution Center

Controller Alan Butkovitz says his office received tips about the operations of the city mail center located in bowels of Suburban Station.

02/02/2016

Deadly train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015. (credit: CBS)

NTSB Expected To Release Documents In Deadly Amtrak Crash Investigation This Afternoon

Eight people died and more than 200 were hurt in the derailment near the Frankford Junction in May.

02/01/2016

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Philadelphia Archdiocese Launches Annual Catholic Charities Appeal With Ambitious Goal

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has announced an ambitious goal for its annual Catholic Charities Appeal.

01/28/2016

The Papal fiat has arrived! (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Papal Fiat Arrives For Philadelphia Auto Show

The “Papal wheels” are in the house, arriving at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Wednesday.

01/27/2016

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Crews Continue To Work To Get Streets Plowed, Passable In Phila.

The Philadelphia Streets Commissioner says his personnel are plagued by two big issues right now.

01/26/2016

Father Dennis Gill, Director of the Archdiocese Office of Divine Worship (credit: Mark Abrams)

Archdiocese Offers Advice For Catholics This Snowy Weekend

Because of the snowstorm, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is advising Catholics to exercise prudent judgment about attending mass this Sunday.

01/23/2016

(Photo by: KYW's Mark Abrams)

PECO Officials Monitor Storm Related Outages In Montgomery County

A few floors below ground level, PECO engineers and managers gathered in front of computers and video screens, monitoring the electricity distribution network across this region.

01/23/2016

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25:  Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his Christmas message Pontiff Sayd ' My thoughts turn to those affected by brutal acts of terrorism, particularly the recent massacres which took place in Egyptian airspace, in Beirut, Paris, Bamako and Tunis.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Decrees Ceremonial Foot Washing Should Include Women

Pope Francis decrees the ceremonial washing of feet during the Holy Thursday mass as part of the rites leading to Easter should no longer be restricted to just men.

01/21/2016

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Fiat Used By Pope During Philadelphia Visit Going Up For Auction

The car will be up for bid as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate on Jan. 29. Bids will be accepted in person and online.

01/20/2016

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Threat Prompts Evacuation Of Chichester School District

School officials posted a notification on Facebook shortly before 10:30 a.m. and activated the district’s telephone emergency message system to alert parents to the threat.

01/19/2016

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Inspiring Letter From Amelia Earhart To Aspiring Young Pilot Surfaces In Philadelphia

An unpublished 1933 letter written by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart has surfaced for sale in Philadelphia.

01/18/2016

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25:  Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his Christmas message Pontiff Sayd ' My thoughts turn to those affected by brutal acts of terrorism, particularly the recent massacres which took place in Egyptian airspace, in Beirut, Paris, Bamako and Tunis.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Releases First Book On Catholic Church Vision

Pope Francis has released his first book in which he shares his heart and vision for the Catholic church.

01/17/2016

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