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.

 

 

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.

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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

Commodore Barry Bridge (credit: Oren Liebermann)

$100M Project Aimed At Preserving Commodore Barry Bridge Could Begin As Early As Next Year

The Commodore Barry Bridge is in line for a major makeover beginning next year if the Delaware River Port Authority approves a contract this week that would begin the five-year project.

12/07/2014

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Fewer Delays Expected As Phase Two Of PATCO Rehab Project Begins

The next phase of the PATCO rail reconstruction project is now underway and should not cause as many delays for riders.

12/05/2014

A photograph of the Lincoln letter, being unveiled in Philadelphia. (Image from PDF via Raab Collection, Philadelphia)

Handwritten Letter From Abraham Lincoln Unveiled In Philadelphia

Nathan Raab, operator of the Philadelphia-based Raab Collection, says the letter is dated Jan. 5, 1849.

12/03/2014

(Septa transit police chief Thomas Nestel shows a walkie-talkie handset with an embedded video camera and screen.  File photo by CBS3)

Septa’s Top Cop Eager To Deploy More Body-Worn Cameras For Officers

Septa Transit Police chief Thomas Nestel says the six cameras that were deployed back in July have been netting good results.

12/02/2014

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Travelers Hit Rails and Skies For Trip Home After Holiday Weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is fast coming to an end and lots of people are taking to the skies or the rails for the trip home today.

11/30/2014

(Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput chats with reporters about the planned visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Says He Knew of Pope Francis’ Planned Visit Early On

Archbishop Chaput is just back from meetings at the Vatican, where the pope confirmed a week ago he will be visiting Philadelphia at the end of next September.

11/24/2014

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Valley Forge Casino Admits To Management Lapses That Brought Huge Fines

Valley Forge Casino operators say they’ve made sweeping management changes in response to near record fines for state gaming law violations.

11/23/2014

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Set To Hear Case Of Monsignor Lynn

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in Harrisburg from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as it seeks the re-instatement of the child-endangerment conviction of Monsignor William Lynn.

11/17/2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Online Registration Officially Opens For World Meeting Of Families In Philadelphia

Significant progress has been made in finalizing some of the plans for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families planned for Philadelphia in September 2015.

11/11/2014

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